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An ethical hike with elephants in the forest

Mae chaem, Thailand

The Experience Reviews (3)
  • Local Thai woman crouching in forest in Chiang Mai
  • Thai elephant Elephant in forest in Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai local woman looking at her hands
  • Chiang Mai forest elephants playing happily together
  • Close-up of elephant trunk in Chiang Mai forest


Duration: 2 days

Meeting Point: Sleep With You Hostel, Singharat Road, Sriphum, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Number of people: 2 - 10



  • Meet elephants in their natural habitat
  • Hike through the jungle
  • Follow the elephants and learn about their natural behaviours
  • Live with a local family
  • Experience their daily life and routine
  • Cook with your family and learn how to make bamboo crafts
  • Duration: Two days
  • Minimum number of people is two and maximum is 10



If you want to have a unique experience of hiking in the forest to find the elephants every day and observe their natural behaviors in their home environment, then you have found the right place. Come and join us for the experience of a lifetime. You must be physically fit to hike every day up and down mountains to get to the elephants (there is no back-riding allowed!). In our sanctuary, you can see exactly where your funds are going and how they are benefiting our sanctuary, our elephants and our community.

You are expected to wake up early in the morning and be prepared for a long hike into the forest. We also have a number of add-ons you can choose such as relaxing with a Thai massage or learning how to basket weave.

Day 1:

  • 9 am: Pick up from meeting point: 'Sleep With You' hostel in Chiang Mai
  • 12pm: Stop off for lunch at a local restaurant in Mae Chaem
  • 2 pm: Arrive in the village and meet your local hosts
  • 2-4 pm: Introductions, tours, and talks at our base hut just across the river from the village
  • 5:30 pm: Cooking with your homestay hosts
  • 7 pm: Women will sell their locally woven goods and crafts (if requested)
  • 7:30: Learning how to basket weave from one of the elders

Day 2:

  • 7:30 am: Breakfast at our base hut
  • 8 am: Leave the village to hike into the jungle and find the elephants
  • 9-11 am: Observing the elephants and following them through the jungle
  • 12 pm: Lunch in the jungle and then return to the village
  • 2 pm: Leave for Chiang Mai
  • 6.30pm: Arrive back in Chiang Mai

Animal welfare and your safety is always our highest priority. In order to ensure everyone has the best experience and we maintain the harmony of village and jungle life, we limit the number of people to 13 at any one time. This allows us to ensure the local community will not be overrun with tourism and your experience remains a very special one since the village is so remote from busy Chiang Mai.

We provide our elephants with the highest care and quality of life, and they are able to roam in their natural habitat with about 4,000 acres of land. Additionally, we record information on their natural behaviours which we hope to use to improve elephant welfare standards throughout Thailand and hopefully abroad as well.

More information


- Transport to/from Chiang Mai on arrival and departure (9am pick-up) - All food enroute and onsite - 1 night homestay accommodation - Filtered water - Insurance onsite

Not Inclusive of

- Alcoholic drinks - Flights and transport to our meeting point - Travel insurance

Meet Kerri McCrea

Member since: November 2019

Hi, my name is Kerri and I am originally from Northern Ireland but I have been living in Thailand with the elephants and Karen communities for over 6 years. After researching many solutions and alternatives for the elephants in Thailand, that puts elephants and safety first, in 2016, myself and my Karen husband decided to open up our own elephant sanctuary to bring elephants home to live life as naturally as possible in the forest. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about joining our program.

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Incl. service fee

$ 195.35 p.p.