Chiang Mai is known for their nature-themed adventures. While we were there, we HAD to visit an elephant sanctuary for a day.
We chose to go to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. They are known for treating their elephants with care and respect. While ridding elephants may look good in a picture, the treatment of those elephants is deplorable. We wanted to make sure that we were supporting the fair treatment of elephants. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary takes in old, sick, and overworked elephants and gives them a good home, so we knew we were going to be supporting a good cause.
We were picked up from our hostel by the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and the ride was 2 hours away and during the ride there, we met a bunch of other people traveling in Chiang Mai. The ride there is so long because they keep the elephants in the jungle so they have plenty of space to roam around.
The day started by feeding the elephants bananas. Turns out they love 'em. This is when we got all of our elephant photos. Afterwards, we gave the elephants a mud bath to cool off, followed by a dip in the river to wash them. Unfortunately we couldn't bring cameras to the river, but it was so much fun getting to chill with these amazing creatures.
We were also given lunch and a bit of time to walk around before going back to Chiang Mai. We opted for the half day trip, but if I could do it again, I would do a full day excursion. The half day trip cost about $35 USD or 1200 Thai Baht. I highly recommend seeing the elephants in Thailand. They're not many left in the world.