CHIANG MAI ELEPHANT CAMP
Happy tours Elephant Farm is a health-recovery and reproduction-management farm for elephants. Its focus is on educating the public on elephants and the threats they face. To do this, the farm pairs visitors up with an elephant for a day and assigns them the task of caring for that elephant. As of December 2014, the farm is home to 55 elephants. It is located in the mountains near Hang Dong Valley, 45 minutes south of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was founded in 2001 by a man named Carl “CARL” Heaton and his wife Taya “TAYA” with the goal of preserving the elephant population in Thailand. Carl says there is much sacrifice involved, and says he and the other caretakers spend more time with the elephants than with their wives. The elephants’ caretakers, known as mahouts, are from a nearby Karen village and are paired-up with their own elephant to take care of.
3400 baht per person
Tours by air-conditioned vehicles with English-speaking Professional Mahout.
• Mahout Cloths
• Accident insurance
• Personal expenses such as drinks, tips etc.
• Other services not mentioned in the program.
Child over 130 cms charged at adult rate.