Spending quality time with your own elephant as an elephant keeper for a day at Blue Tao. On this private tour you will cook healthy treats for elephants, feeding, cuddling, bareback riding for 2 hours, fun bathing, observe happy elephants throwing dirt & foraging behavior in the wild. ( THB 5,900 / person )
BLUE TAO ELEPHANT VILLAGE
unique place is located among the hill tribe rice paddy fields, natural
streams, large beautiful pine woods and rainforest of the
backside of Doi Inthanon Mountain, Southwest of Chiang Mai.WHERE ARE THEY FROM ?
( Beautiful elephants ).
are the important treasure from the White Karen hill tribe ancestors
since 400 years ago, from generations to generations until
The original village of these elephants is a small White Karen tribe
village called " Baan Sob Mae Satop", it is located in the
the mountain jungle of Mae Chaem District, further Southwest of Chiang
Mai Province, Thailand. In the past they were the
important vehicles for hill tribe people to carry rice, salt, tobacco among Mae Chaem - Chiang Mai - Mae Hongson.
used to work really hard in timber industry in Northern Thailand region
for some British timber companies, later they had entered
tourism by carried tourists with the howdah chair on top of their back,
then became a part of team elephant shows in some large
safari camps in the North of Chiang Mai. Nowadays the Karen hill tribes
who own the elephants decided to dump the trekking
howdah chair and regrouped into an Eco tourism way at Blue Tao Elephant Village.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT ?
tour is not only to make you happy with those domesticated elephants in
a truly beautiful nature environment, but it is also giving a
chance to support the hill tribes and local Thai farmers who live in
villages nearby our elephant village, we buy some agricultural
products from them such as : Napier grasses, sweet corn stumps, rice grains, tamarinds, sugar canes and bananas.BASE CAMP FACILITIES ?
We provided basic facilities for your comfort here, such as Metal storage lockers, Western toilets, shower rooms, private table
at lunch time and elephant riding outfits.Gallery BLUE TAO ELEPHANT VILLAGE: PHOTO SET 1 > PHOTO SET 2 > PHOTO SET 3 > PHOTO SET 4 WATCH VIDEOS: Youtube 1 Youtube 2 Youtube 3 Youtube 4 Youtube 5I t i n e r a r y : 09:30 A M. - 06:00 P M. .
09:30 AM. Pick up from hotel in Chiang Mai city and transfer to Blue Tao Elephant Village .
A short visit to the local market, the tour guide will buy some foods, snacks, fruits for your party. .
Around 11.30 am. we arrive at the elephant village, get change into the elephant keeper outfit. .
Enjoy delicious lunch, fresh fruits, local treats, tea & coffee before elephant tour starts.
ELEPHANTS' STORY - COOKING HEALTHY TREATS.
Briefing about Asian elephants and basic riding skill, spoken commands for bareback riding. .
Cooking healthy treats from local cultural products for your own elephants.
MEET THE ELEPHANTS - FEEDING - CUDDLING. .
Learn how to approach the elephants, meeting your paired up elephant for the day. .
Feeding bananas and healthy treats, petting the face, and cuddling baby elephants. .
elephant's back, short riding for 2
rounds in order to exercise before long journey.
BAREBACK RIDING 2 HOURS THROUGH THE REAL JUNGLE & HIGHLANDS. .
Elephant riding bareback for 2 hours go up & downhill through the rainforest & pine woods. .
On the elephant's slow pace, you can see elephant always foraging such as roots,
leaves, grasses, branches,
tree barks ( let the elephant's
molars strong and working well ). We have 1 resting stop in the
middle way for
stretching your legs, then we will ride the elephant
downhill to the river right near our base camp.
BATHING IN THE RIVER - 2ND TIME FEEDING. .
Fun time bathing & brushing elephants in the stream pool,
feeding some more foods to the elephants. .
Observing elephants throwing dirt on themselves, giving a hug and say goodbye to your massive friends. .
Walk back to our base camp for a cool shower and changing back into your cloth. .
Relax and enjoy delicious fresh fruits, local treats, then transfer you back to Chiang Mai. .
06:00 PM. We arrive at your hotel and end of our wonderful tour. P R I C E : T H B 5, 9 0 0 / P E R S O N * Minimum 2 persons in each private party.
P R I V A T E T O U R : 1 elephant / 1 person
* We can also accommodate a single traveler @ THB 9,900 / you solo.
WHAT INCLUDES: - Private transportation from & to your hotel by air conditioned minibus or large suv car. - All activities as mentioned in the itinerary above.
- Picnic lunch, fresh fruits & coke at our jungle base camp.
- Bottled drinking water service free all day long.
- Local treats, tea, coffee, and refreshing towels.
- Food & healthy treats for feeding elephants.
- Local 1st class travel accident insurance.
- English speaking tour guide. ( He /she will take photos for you, please bring your own camera ).
WHERE TO PICK UP & DROP OFF:
- It's free pick up & drop off at any hotels, resorts located in Chiang Mai city area only.
- But, additional charges will apply for any hotels, resorts located off Chiang Mai city area.
- If your pick up place
is a private house, condo booking through airbnb
website, we need to know the
host's name with phone no. ? exact location ? building's name ? and Google maps.WHAT TO PACK:
- T-shirt & long pants, training shoes and flip-flops, swimming suit, towel, a change of cloth and underwear.
- Sunscreen, insect repellent, and camera.
- Kindly note : the elephant keeper outfits ( blue denim color ) will be provided for you by Blue Elephant Team.WARNING !! ( Please kindly read clearly before booking ).
- This private day tour means, you will have your own private transportation, a personal tour guide, your own elephant
as 1 on 1, will always be accompanied by an elephant keeper and you will have a private table at lunch time.
- It doesn't mean that we will have to close the entire elephant village or waterfall just for your party.
Yes of course, you still have to meet other people at the tour sites.
- Since " Blue Tao Elephant Village " is a kind of stand alone tour site, need
90 minutes driving from Chiang Mai city center
towards Southwest. But Tiger
Kingdom is in the Northwest. Thus, we can not combine them in one day.