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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai Overview

When you hear the sound of over 30 elephants trumpeting in the distance, you can be sure you are close to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. Serving as a home to all those elephants who were once labourers to the logging and tourism industry of Thailand, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is not less than heaven on Earth for these animals. During your trip to the place, you will experience the divine atmosphere in which these elephants live. Your experience will definitely become a memorable one when you reach out to the elephants and spend some time playing with them. And the best part of all is the friendliness with which the elephants accept you, responding equally to your tickling and splashing.

You can even spend the night with the elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai by opting for the different packages available. This way, you will get a chance to interact with these loving animals, that too in the safety and security of their very own home. And yes, make sure to scribble your feelings in your travel diaries alongside the wonderful pictures clicked with the majestic presence of the sanctuary elephants.

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This happens to be the cheapest package available for the Elephant Safari. If you opt for this package, you will be made to visit the jungle followed by your return back either post-lunchtime or during early evening hours. It takes usually around 7 hours to have all the fun and frolic with the elephants, gnaw at the lunch right in the middle of the jungle, and return back to the starting point of the safari along with your tour guide.

Timings 
Morning Session: 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Afternoon Session: 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Entry Fees
Adults: THB 1,700 per person
Children (3–10 Years Age): THB 1,300 per person
Children (Below 3 Years Age): Free Entry.

Inclusions
As part of this package, you will be served two traditional Thai buffet meals, drinking water, food for feeding to the elephants and pickup and drop-off to and from selected places in Chiang Mai. The package has been designed in a manner so as to make your trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary a memorable one.

As part of the Full Day Safari tour, you will be spending time doing different activities with the elephants close to your respective camps. This includes playing with them in the mud spa and later on bathing with them in the river waters. 

Timings 
Departure Time (From Entrance Gate): 8:00 AM
Return Time: 3:30 PM.

Entry Fees
Adults: THB 2,400 per person
Children (3–10 Years Age): THB 1,800 per person
Children (Below 3 Years Age): Free Entry

Inclusions
You will also be served lunch, a Thai buffet meal for you to feast upon as part of a small break from the thrill and fun lined up during the post-lunch period as well.

The ‘One Day Walk with the Elephants’ Safari tour offers you even more enjoyment over the half day or full day package. This is because the one day walk starts with an adventurous trek with the elephants, passing through the dense jungles, admiring the natural habitat flourishing on the way. By the time you finish your jungle trek, you get the company of people from the afternoon session of the Half Day Safari tour for the rest of your stay at the sanctuary. If you have a soft corner for elephants in your hearts, you can learn as much you want about the lifestyle of these animals from the tour guides. 

Timings
Departure Time (From Entrance Gate): 8:30 AM
Return Time: 3:30 PM 

Entry Fees
Adults: THB 3500
Children (3–10 Years Age): THB 2900
Children (Below 3 Years Age): THB 2000

Since the place is full of elephants, you will get to spend one additional hour with the elephants by travelling to two more camps within the jungle. This, in turn, will add to even more fun and memories!

The Overnight Stay at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is the best of all packages. Just like the other tour packages, the overnight stay tour also begins with a brief session from the tour guide about the general Dos and Don’ts during the tour, how to interact with elephants and other things to keep in mind. Post the knowledge sharing session, you will get to spend time with the elephants, feeding them with the food provided and clicking pictures with them for your social media posts. After the lunch buffet served to you at the campsite, you will get to play with the elephants again in the mud spa followed by a bathing session in the river. Then you can stretch your legs and relax in the cosy accommodation arranged at the Karen Village for the night, enjoying the mouth-watering Thai dinner.

The second day at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary begins with a visit to the Waterfall Grove Sanctuary and a breakfast, served hot and delicious. After your breakfast, you will be joining the morning safari tourists for the jungle trek followed by a lunch session in the afternoon. Post lunch, get ready for a visit to the Hilltop Paradise Sanctuary, which happens to be another place for playing with the elephants prior to hitting the streets of Karen Village. On your visit to the village, you can easily feel the warm and candid hospitality from the villagers, who will further take you to their organic farms for a visit. 

Timings
Day 1: Departure Time (From Entrance Gate): 9:30 AM
Return Time (To Karen Village Stay): 3:30 PM
Day 2: Departure Time (From Karen Village Stay): 8:30 AM
Return Time (To Entrance Gate): 2:30 PM.

Entry Fees
Adults: THB 4900
Children (4-10 years): THB 3900
Children (0-3 years): THB 3000

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is situated on the Tha Phae Road and is at a distance of around 1.5 hours from the Chiang Mai city. To reach here, you can either rent a car or book a taxi.

In case you are travelling to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary as part of some travel package itinerary, you can ask your tour coordinator to arrange for pickup and drop-off facility to and from your hotel/stay at Chiang Mai. This way, you can reach the Sanctuary along with many others willing to experience the moments of joy with the majestic elephants!

1. Extra pair of clothing
2. Bathing suit
3. Towels
4. Cap or Hat
5. Camera with waterproof gear
6. Sunglasses
7. Sunscreen lotion
8. Insect and/or Mosquito repellant
9. Sports shoes

1. Do not climb over the back of the elephant for a ride
2. Wear the T-Shirt provided by the sanctuary authorities while interacting with the elephants
3. Do not explore the jungle on your own without the company of your tour guide or other tourists
4. Feed the elephants only the food provided by the sanctuary authorities

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