Elephant Village Sanctuary

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephant Bathing at Elephant Village Sanctuary, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Among thousands of hills and valleys in the Rose of North, Chiang Mai, lives a small family in a rural village of Dok Ko Ki. That is where the journey of the Elephant Village Sanctuary began. Together with a herd of 3 elephants, they create a fantastic place for travelers to have an unforgettable experience.


You can find Elephant Village Sanctuary in the mountains 90 minutes from Chiang Mai City. In the hill lies the small Dok Ko Ki Village. Villagers here are farmers who plant rice, corn, bananas vegetables and raise livestock. Wholly owned and managed by a hill tribe family who inherits and care for the elephants for more than 20 years.

In this elephant sanctuary, they offer an ethical experience and do not allow elephant riding. The Karen family treat the elephant and feed them very well. The elephant experience they offer includes elephant bathing, mud bath, making the herbal balls for the elephant, and feed them with it. During our visit to mid-2019, the Elephant Village Sanctuary introduces a new member to the family. The baby elephant now becomes the center of attention.

Additionally, the sanctuary also has a small-trekking route to the waterfall where you can enjoy swimming and play with the natural water slider. They now offer both full-day and half-day elephant experience so you can enjoy the activity anytime you want!

What should you bring to Elephant Village Sanctuary?

The activity can be considered as an adventure. You need to trek, swim, and get down to work with the elephants. So you should bring footwear that can get wet and dirty with mud. Preferably, sandals. And bring the set of cloth that can get wet and dry quickly or swimsuit.

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