Thai Elephant Care Center

A must for all animal-lovers

The Thai Elephant Care Center is a small sanctuary based at Mae Sa – about 25 kilometres northwest of Chiang Mai – which covers a large area ranging from hilly forests, where these amazing animals can roam free during the day, as well as the Mae Sa River which they enjoy bathing in. 

The centre was established as a safe haven for the welfare of elderly elephants – retired from working in the entertainment industry and logging camps and unable to return to the wild – and also occasionally cares for pregnant or ill elephants. 

Visitors to the centre will enjoy a variety of immersive programmes which enable hands-on interaction with these gentle giants. During your visit you'll be invited to prepare meals and feed the elephants, and help out with brushing and scrubbing them before heading to the mud pit and nearby river to rinse them off (changing rooms and overalls are provided).