Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is famous for great food, friendly people, fascinating culture and great beaches, but a somewhat less known jewel can be found in the Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, approximately 60 km from Chiang Mai City. The Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehabilitation center center for elephants and also dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives. So this is a cool way to visit Thailand and not just being a tourist taking pictures of temples, aldo thats a must I guess in Thailand, but here you can participate and learn close up and hands on about the Elephants and other animals and get an unforgettable experience that surely will last a lifetime and at the same time help many animals in need.
Navann’s herd enjoy at Elephant Nature Park , Chiang Mai Thailand
Chiang Mai’s International Airport is an ideal entery point to the region offering international and local flights, but Chiang Mai can also be reached by train, car or bus. As Wikitravel indicates: Day and overnight visits as well as one week volunteering opportunities can be booked via their website here. During the day visit you will feed and bathe the elephants, watch them wander around the 50 acre sanctuary, and will be provided with a buffet lunch. They will also pick and drop you off at your hotel in Chiang Mai. This park seeks to prove that free elephants are a viable alternative form of tourism to beating and training elephants to accept riders. Day Visit: 2,500 baht; Overnight 5,800 Baht; Weekly volunteer: 12,000 baht.