Elephant Nature Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephant Nature Park was established in the 1990′s to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. The park is located in the Chiang Mai province and provides a sanctuary for dozens of distressed elephants from all over Thailand. Visitors are welcomed to visit the centre for one or more days offering a variety of elephant encounters.
The ENP recruits staff and managers locally, sources food/agriculture from nearby villages, and has ecological programs balance the parks impact on environment. Unique to an ENP visit is the fact that visitors do not ride the elephants, instead they partake in a variety of tours that maintain the ethical integrity of the organization’s conservation work.
- Pamper a Pachyderm – Spend the day hiking and caring for an elephant.
- ENP Single Day – Feed elephants, bathe them in the river, and learn more about their lives.
- ENP Overnight – Much like the single day, but includes accomodations for the night so visitors can observe the animals’ nightly routines and wake to the sounds of this rural province.
ENP has a strong emphasis on not only shifting the dialogue around elephant tourism in Southeast Asia, but finding meaningful ways to encourage ethical interactions.
Tours should be reserved at least a week in advance to ensure a spot, but sometimes can be reserved with a day’s notice.
1 Ratmakka Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand