Half Day Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

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This half day tour is perfect if you aren’t able to visit the elephants for an entire day but still want to see them during your trip to Chiang Mai. Learn about Thailand’s majestic animals at the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and then spend the afternoon feeding them, walking with them, and bathing them in a local river - with no riding!

Half Day Morning

Sites And Activities

Pickup will be between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM if your hotel is in the Old City and Night Bazaar. Pickup will be between 7:00 AM and 7:15 AM if your hotel is within 3 kilometers outside of the Old City. This tour is available daily.

  • 8:30 AM : Arrive at the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary and learn about the elephants before changing into traditional elephant training clothing and preparing snacks for them
  • 9:00 AM : Meet the elephants and then feed, interact, and play with them in the natural environment  
  • 10:00 AM : Enjoy roaming with the elephants and followed by a mud spa and a bath in the river
  • 11:00 AM : Say goodbye to the elephants and then enjoy drinks and light snacks before leaving the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary
  • 12:00 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Half Day Afternoon

Sites And Activities

Pickup will be between 1:00 PM and 1:15 PM if your hotel is in the Old City and Night Bazaar. Pickup will be between 1:15 PM and 1:30 PM if your hotel is within 3 kilometers outside of the Old City. This tour is available daily.

  • 2:30 PM : Arrive at the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary, change into traditional elephant training clothing, prepare snacks for the elephants, and learn about their history in Thailand
  • 3:00 PM : Meet the elephants! Feed, interact, and play with them in the natural environment  
  • 4:00 PM : Enjoy roaming with the elephants and bathing them in the river
  • 5:00 PM : Say goodbye to the elephants, enjoy drinks and light snacks, and then leave the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary
  • 6:00 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Please Note: At the sanctuary, you will be allowed to spend as much time with the elephants depending on the traffic, weather, and other visitors. Therefore, the times of the activities in the above schedule may vary. Only the pickup and drop-off times are final.

About The Half Day Kanta Elephant Sanctuary Tour

This half day tour begins with a ride from your hotel through the scenic countryside of Chiang Mai to the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by your English-speaking guide, who will tell you about the purpose and history of the sanctuary. Then you’ll be given a traditional mahout (elephant trainer) outfit to change into and asked to prepared bananas and sugarcane before meeting the elephants for the first time.

Once you’re ready, your guide will lead you through the sanctuary to where the elephants are free-roaming. You’ll meet them one by one and learn about their individual stories and their history before the sanctuary became their home. Take your time touching, feeding, and playing with the elephants in their natural habitat. This is a great time to take photos, so don’t forget to bring a camera!

Once you’ve met all of the elephants, now it’s time to get dirty! Elephants love taking a mud bath because it helps to protect their skin from bug bites and sunburn. Help them by slathering smooth mud all over their bodies. Afterward, walk with the elephants down to a river and join them for a refreshing dip in the cool water. Don’t be afraid to get wet! Grab a scrub brush and bathe them and then watch as they play and wade in the water.

When the elephants are clean, take some final photos with these gentle giants and then say goodbye. Change into clean, dry clothes and then enjoy an afternoon snack of fresh tropical fruit and tea or coffee before relaxing on the ride back to Chiang Mai. There are no additional stops or ‘add-ons’ during this tour.

This Tour Includes

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or guesthouse
  • Transportation via air-conditioned van with driver
  • Snack and seasonal fruits (no meal)
  • Drinking water, tea, and coffee
  • Food to feed the elephants
  • Travel accident insurance

What To Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals that can get wet
  • A bathing suit (worn under your clothing), a towel, and a change of clothing
  • A raincoat (during the rainy season of June, July, and August)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Any prescription medication you require such as an asthma inhaler or allergy medicine
  • Camera (optional)

Additional Information

  • If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please inform your tour guide. We can serve vegetarian food upon request.
  • Maximum 30 people per join-in tour
  • Tour operated by our Tour Operator Partner

Pick up and drop off

Included in each tours from any Chiang Mai City Hotel or Guesthouse in a 3KM radius. From out of town we need to make arrangement or you need to meet us in the city to a meeting point.

Join-in Tour Price

Adults
1 Adult ฿1,500.00
Children
1 Child ฿1,200.00

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