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Ethical Elephant Project, Thailand

2 Days - 1 week from

18+ individual - for families 10+
minimum age

  • Experience and observe elephants in an ethical way
  • Enjoy delicious Thai food every day and experience Thai culture
  • Learn about elephant welfare and the captive elephant situation in Thailand
  • Engage with the local community in environmental and education projects


Our Thailand elephant volunteer project takes place in a sanctuary in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand.  The sanctuary, established in 2011, works with older elephants and provides an alternative for owners to retire their elephants in a safe home.



I had the most amazing week at the Elephant Volunteer project! Amazing animals, amazing people and just an amazing place. I had so much fun and felt like I was actually doing something to help, as well as seeing the amazing care that the animals receive. Thank you! – Chloe Studd, UK


If you really want to smile, watch one of the sanctuary’s elephants enjoying a cheeky bath time in the video above!



Help make a difference to elephant welfare, learn about the plight of elephants in Thailand and experience a whole different side to wildlife conservation in the region.  Aside from working with elephants, experience the colourful Thai culture and work closely with local communities. All while soaking in the dreamy landscapes of Northern Thailand.



The project is located in the District of Mae Chaem, near Chiang Mai. It is a place famed for its misty mountains and colourful cultures. The elephant sanctuary is nestled in a valley in Mae Tan, Thung Yaw Maechaem. It has breathtaking views of Doi Inthanon – the highest mountain in Thailand.

Free Time

Free Time

Aside from working with elephants, there are many exciting activities in and around the area. As an elephant volunteer, you can visit magnificent Thai temples and explore incredible natural waterfalls and caves. You can also spend time in the local community or relax alongside volunteers from around the world. All while enjoying tasty Thai food prepared by our local staff.

Ethical Elephant Project, Thailand

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