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The Local Hill Tribe Elephant Sanctuary Chiang Mai - Thailand

Why to choose us?​

We are the part of the Karen Tribal group who have historically lived with elephants in the hills of Chaingmai, Thailand. At our Sanctuary we are committed to a single goal; we strive to allow interaction between humans and elephants that is beneficial and enjoyable for both. Explore our website to learn more about all that we’re doing to make a change in the lives of these majestic creatures.

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We don't chair ride and hook elephants.

Chair-riding elephants is a cruel practice which hurts them and is detrimental to their long term health. We enforce a strict No Hook No Riding policy, we do not make our elephants work or perform or do any activity outside their natural behaviors.

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The Family Owned Business

Our sanctuary is different. We are a family owned business who have been looking after elephants for generation to generation - not simply when it became profitable to do. We heavily rely on our community for the success of our sanctuary, giving back to people and school in the village.


When you visit the Ethical Elephant Karen Tribe you can rest assured that you are supporting at-risk elephants and the local community in a sustainable and responsible way.

We exist to give elephants a free and happy life

The reason we started the Ethical Elephant Karen Tribe because we knew that there was a better way to allow visitors to interact with these intelligent and majestic creatures that was beneficial for both the elephant and the visitor. Unlike the Bangkok-based corporately owned elephant park, we don’t spend money on advertising and extracting profits. When you purchase a visit to our sanctuary, you can have peace of mind that you are enabling us to continue to run our sanctuary day-to-day, rescue more elephants from captivity and cruelty, access more land to allow them to roam freely and give the elephants the best possible diet and veterinary care.

We are dedicated to providing the finest care for our 2.6-year-old elephant calf.


We are a Karen hill tribe family owned and operated organisation. The elephants that we have in our sanctuary were mostly previously working elephants which have passed down through generations of Karen tribe's people.

We recognise we can't simply take the tribes people's means of livelihood without offering them an alternative form of employment. Therefore, we remain a major employer of Karen tribe people, ensuring each and every elephant has its own mahout to personally ensure its welfare. We are also heavily involved in community projects to ensure the blessing of the elephants is shared by all.


Gain a once in a lifetime experience, get to know and understand the elephants on a personal level, and immerse yourself in Karen Hill Tribe Culture. Make a real difference today!


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Giving back to the community

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Making a Difference

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eli c
eli c
Lovely experience with elephants
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We spent a lovely day with elephants: we fed them, gave them a bath and walk with them in the jungle. The elephants are well-treated and the staff are really friendly and helpful. We strongly recommend the experience.
Katrine T
Katrine T
Wish I could give more than 5
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Probably the hightlight of my thailand trip. I loved it. So amazing and i really felt like the elephants were happy and the centre of attention and not just a prop for tourism. Cannot say enough nice things about this. i wish i had booked an overnight stay to be honest.
Charlie P
Charlie P
Fantastic place
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My husband and I had the most wonderful day at the ethical elephant sanctuary yesterday. the elephants were very well cared for and no sign of force or malacice was seen. the staff and the elephants had a lovely relationship.
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Is a perfect place to meet and play with elephants. They really take care of them feeling like a good place for elephants. They pick you up at your hotel, and a full day programn is worth it to really enjoy this experience. You play with elephants, you feed them, take a bath with them and walk through the jungle...
Allison W
Allison W
An amazing experience
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We truly had an incredible experience at the Karen Tribe Elephant Sanctuary. If you are looking for genuine interactions with elephants that are not forced this is definitely the place to go. The elephants and their caretakers appear to be so happy and content and it is beautiful to experience...
Anna H
Anna H
Brilliant day!!!
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Best day of the holiday!! Can’t put into words how good it was. We had an elephant each and got the baby to look after too. The trainers were great and really helped with the baby- the baby was as playful as a puppy so was hard to handle!! Such a good day...

One day visit

Adult: 2,100 B/person
child <10 years 1,400 B/person
child <3 years FREE

Two days, One night

Adult : 4,200 B/person
Child < 10 years 2,800 B/person
Child < 3 years Free


Adult : 2,600 B/person
Child < 10 years 2,100 B/person
Child < 3 years Free

One-Day Trekking

Adult : 2,200 B/person
Child < 10 years 1,800 B/person
Child < 3 years Free


Adult : 2,700 B/person
Child < 10 years 2,200 B/person
Child < 3 years Free

Doi Inthanon
Highest mountain in Thailand

Adult : 2,500 B/person
Child < 10 years 2,000 B/person
Child < 3 years Free

Doi Inthanon+

Adult : 3,500 B/person
Child < 10 years 3,000 B/person
Child < 3 years Free