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Chiang Mai Thailand

$470.00

Start and end in Chiang Mai! With the in-depth cultural tour Chiang Mai & Elephants, you have a 3 day tour package taking you through Chiang Mai, Thailand and Elephant Nature Park. Chiang Mai & Elephants includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 7pm with your local guide. An airport arrival transfer is included please advise your flight details at time of booking. If you arrive early, head out to explore charming Chiang Mai. The friendliness of the people, the interesting old town bound by moats, and the many fascinating temples enthral travellers from around the world. After the welcome meeting you will have free time tonight. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food in the vibrant night markets – the signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef.
Set off early this morning, around 8am, and drive along the Mae Taeng Valley to the Elephant Nature Park (approximately 60 kilometres), a unique project providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. You’ll be greeted by an expert guide, and then learn the stories of rescued elephants and understand the issues surrounding elephants in South-East Asia. After that you'll have a chance to feed the elephants from the viewing platform. Lunch is provided, before the memorable experience of elephant bath time. After a safety briefing, you can join in to scrub and bathe the elephants (be sure to bring some shorts/swim gear and a change of clothing), or alternatively just sit back and enjoy watching these incredible creatures wash themselves. Return to Chiang Mai to soak up the atmosphere of this great city. Tonight is free for you to do as you wish. You could indulge in an authentic Thai massage at one of the many places on offer within walking distance from your hotel.
It’s an early start today (6am) as you set off by songthaew for a scenic drive to Kad Ton Payom flea market. Here you’ll collect your offerings from the market and then offer these alms to monks to ‘make merit’. This region is famous for its cuisine and you’ll enjoy a traditional breakfast of local specialities such as rice soup, fried rice, and grilled pork. The next stop is Wat U-mong, a 600 year-old temple famed for its large painted pagoda and underground tunnel. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and take the opportunity to talk with the abbot about Buddhism and Dharma. Then it’s on to Wat Suan Dok, where you can mingle with monks to learn about their way of life, take some time to learn basic meditation, and also make an offering to the Sangkha (the Buddhist community). Your adventure concludes at apprioximately 12pm, and you are free to depart at any time. There is no accommodation included tonight. Perhaps stay in Chiang Mai and explore the city further.
- Accommodation based on a 3 star
- English speaking guides
- Ground transport with air-conditioned vehicle as required
- All entrance fees to tour sites
- Meal as indicated
- International airfare
- Visa and visa fees
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, camera, telephone, etc….
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal Insurance
- Compulsory dinner for Christmas and New Years Eve
- All other expenses Not mentioned in the above inclusions

See a different side of Chiang Mai by hanging out with the gentle giants of the Elephant Nature Park. Be greeted by an expert guide and learn about the plight of this humble species – whose mistreatment is sadly prevalent in many parts of South-East Asia. Help out by feeding one of these friendly creatures from the viewing platform. Then, for those who don’t mind getting a bit damp, don some bathers and get wet and wild during bathing time. Wave goodbye to new friends and return to Chiang Mai to make offerings to monks, explore Kad Ton Payo flea market, enjoy a spot of meditation or taste regional specialties. IMPORTANT INFORMATION For 2016 and 2017 departures this trip will now start on day one at 7pm.

  • "What a fabulous place in Thailand"
    I'm sorry first off I think some of the bad reviews are mistaking this place with somewhere else - there are no mahouts here who would abuse the elephants so that frustrates me. And yes vegetarian food - big deal - I did not come here expecting a five course meal - some people cannot be pleased. I will say the video you watch on the way there is highly graphic and disturbing and most of us cried - I didn't know this but I understand why they do it - while I knew it - I had never seen it and it is horrific. Now I know but it was tough. We had a great day - the booking process was easy and we were picked up on time. We fed the elephants and walked in the fields. We bathed them in the river and watched the babies play in the water.
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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 3 Days
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Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
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