Tong Bai Elephant Foundation Tour
Your guide will meet you at the hotel or guesthouse for your Tong Bai Elephant Foundation Tour. As this is not a private tour we might have to pick up some more people. We ask for your consideration. If we are complete we will drive to the Tong Bai Elephant Foundation Camp in Mae Win. The drive will take about 1,5 hours.
After arrival you will be welcomed by staff of the foundation. If you want to get into the water with the elephants later in the day we recommend you to change clothes. We have a traditional farmer’s tunique for you. After you have settled a European expert of the foundation will explain you everything about the Asian elephant and the issues the largest mammal in Thailand faces. All your questions will be answered.
The Tong Bai Elephant Foundation was set up in order to provide good living and working conditions for its working elephants and their owners. Across the world elephants are worshipped and held in high esteem. Mostly, man and elephant work side by side in a relationship of mutual respect and benefit. Unfortunately, sometimes this relationship is disturbed, and in these cases the Tong Bai Elephant Foundation aims to provide good living and working conditions for elephants who are too young or too old, as well as for their owners.
Before lunch we will get close to the elephants. You can feed them and observe them from close by. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch before we start a short trek through the forest to a small river. You can lead the elephants yourself which is a wonderful experience. After arrival at the river it’s time for bathing. You can join the elephants, wash them and scrub them. They really love it. We will take our time here. Then it’s time for a farewell picture with the elephants and their handlers. Our vehicle is not parked far from the river. After a farewell drink we will take you back to Chiang Mai.