The Happy, Happy Elephant Home

Start: Chiang Mai airport Finish: Chiang Mai city

Visiting: Chiang Mai


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans, Most diet types catered

Tour Operator: Trunk

Group size: 1 - 10

Age range: 16-99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $969

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Tour Overview

Our flagship ethical elephant experience is open and ready to welcome visitors looking for an unforgettable, hands-on, active time with some of Thailand's rescued elephants. This experience includes both working with the elephants, the mahouts and the surrounding communities to offer support where and for who it's needed the most.

Highlights

  • iconGuided tour of the wonderful Chiang Mai city
  • iconLearn all about your favourite animals and assist with their care
  • iconHelp out with small community development projects
  • iconSpend 5 days in the company of the Lords of the Jungle
  • iconAl meals included
  • iconGuided throughout by one of our English-speaking experts

Places You'll See

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icon Day 1 : Welcome to Chiang Mai city

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Hotel

We completely understand that arriving in to a new international airport can be confusing and frustrating so our team will be there to meet you and to transfer you to our hotel in the city. Once checked-in to our lovely hotel we'll meet up again for a drink and an informal chat, the perfect way to get to know each other.

icon Day 2 : Exploring Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chiang Mai is a wonderful place to stay. The perfect combination of where city life meets the laid back Thai attitude. Today we'll head out and explore the backstreets to give you more of a behind-the-scenes discovery. We'll visit temples, markets, artisan stores and join-in with the coffee-shop culture of this wonderful place. This evening we'll take a stroll to the world-famous night bazaar where we can check out the locally hand-made arts and crafts before we sit down for a traditional welcome to Thailand dinner together.

icon Day 3 : We're Off to Meet the Elephants!

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the day you've been looking forward to for so long, and we promise you won't be disappointed! After a 60-minute transfer in to the jungles we'll arrive at the camp and meet the team. We'll then be introduced to the elephants and receive a run-through of our next 5 days. This afternoon we'll kick-off this surreal day properly by taking the elephants for a swim and wash!

icon Day 4 : Projects Day

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, following breakfast, we'll be helping out the staff at the camp with any one of the many tasks that need performing. Farming, repairs, construction; when you're dealing with up to 3-tonne animals there's always something that needs to be done! This afternoon we'll be visiting a local village and getting stuck in to help with any work that needs help with. This is a truly all-encompassing experience and you'll get to experience so many different aspects of life here in a rural part of the country.

icon Day 5 : It's Not All Work, Work, Work!

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast we’ll be helping the mahouts with their tasks of cleaning the land where the elephants are kept safe and secure. We’ll also remodel the mud pits as they’re so easily destroyed by these huge, but cuddly, behemoths and anywhere else that needs work. This afternoon, to help us recover from this morning’s activities we’ll be taking an excellent rafting trip down the river – the best way to relax after an active morning.

icon Day 6 : This Place is so Beautiful!

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The land around here is so beautiful and so diverse that this morning we want to show it off in its true glory. We’re going to take a gentle trek through the jungles, pointing out interesting sights, to a special waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing dip. There’s also a chance to grab an inflatable tube and float gently down the river surrounding yourself with the incredible peace and tranquillity. This afternoon we’ll be back on elephant-duty, helping to build enrichment toys and overnight shelters for the animals and their mahouts, before another wonderful dinner.

icon Day 7 : Make The Most of Today

Location: Chiang Mai

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we’ll head back to a local village to assist with anything they need. Our guides will explain all of the work that’s planned and everything we need will be ready and waiting for us to get stuck in. You’ll really be leaving behind a legacy of your time here, safe in the knowledge that your visit will have had a positive impact on the community. This afternoon, as it’s our last, will be spent with the elephants once again and the best way to do this is by washing and swimming with them in the river. Sadly, in the early evening, we’ll be packing up our things, bidding a sad farewell to our four and two-legged hosts and transferring back to our hotel in Chiang Mai. Once we’re back and checked-in we’ll head out for dinner in a tasty local restaurant for a final night group dinner – the perfect ending to the perfect adventure!

icon Day 8 : It's All Over... or is it?!

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast

For those who are only able to commit one week to this visit, we will be saying goodbye after our final breakfast together. Your guide will be with you to assist with any onward travel plans you have and to make sure you’re all set. If you’d like to make this an even more unforgettable adventure, however, why not join us for two weeks (see our listing for the 15 Day Happy Happy Elephant Home)?!

What's Included

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    Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

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    Drinks with Meals

    During your time at the camp

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    Local Taxes

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    Meals – Full Board

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    Accommodation

    Cmor Hotel in Chiang Mai city

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Traditional mahout uniform at the camp

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    Entrance Fees

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    Fully Guided

What's Not Included

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    Spending money

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Travel and medical insurance

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    Drinks with Meals

    For meals not at the camp

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    Trunk requires a deposit of 100% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 14 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

Such an amazing experience
I joined this project with my friend because we wanted to work with elephants during a trip to Thailand. There are so many to choose from that we were a ....more I joined this project with my friend because we wanted to work with elephants during a trip to Thailand.

There are so many to choose from that we were a bit overwhelmed with where to look.

We were so lucky to find trunk who a specialists in ethical and responsible elephant interactions and made the journey from finding, to booking, to joining so very easy.

Their team are incredible; nothing is too much trouble, they are always available to help with questions, advice and support.

I would heartily recommend using them to anybody looking for an elephant experience.

Despite the Covid problems now, we know that trunk will still be looking after their elephants and ensuring their future is safe and healthy.

Thank you trunk; ....less
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Jane Elvin

01-Apr-2020

Missing the ele's!
Me and my boyfriend joined this trip earlier this year and we're so glad we did. It was amazing! The elephants and the people we met will be in our ....more Me and my boyfriend joined this trip earlier this year and we're so glad we did.

It was amazing! The elephants and the people we met will be in our thoughts forever.

Thank you to everybody and we will be back one day; ....less
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Sally and Andy

20-Mar-2020

Life-changing!
I am so happy i joined this experience with my best friend. It was truly life-changing and unforgettable. My friend and I took part in so many activities that weren't ....more I am so happy i joined this experience with my best friend.

It was truly life-changing and unforgettable.

My friend and I took part in so many activities that weren't only about the elephants but also about the villagers too.

We genuinely feel that our short time here helped and will go a long way to making a difference.

Thank you to the team at trunk for everything that they did to help us and we can't wait to travel with you and your team again in the future.

Thank you!; ....less
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Barbara Stuart

03-Apr-2020

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