We are passionate about the elephants staying as deep in this beautiful forest as possible. Keeping them safe in the forest prevents them roaming into farmers fields and eating their crops, risking being shot or poisoned. The elephants are given sanctuary at our project, left to forage and wander freely through the forest. Their mahouts will go to check on them everyday, to ensure they are safe, happy and so that they don’t wander too far from their forest home.
The trek out into the forest takes us on a journey through our elephants home, surrounded by beautiful lush vegetation, native fauna and flowing rivers. The mahouts are of course very experienced at living in the forest and they always take very good care of their guests. It is fascinating to watch the mahouts at home in their forest and using its resources to live off the land.
We want to be able to provide you with the opportunity to explore and experience living in the forest with our elephants and in a remote Karen community with as many comforts from home as possible without making an impact on the surrounding forest, the village or our elephants. Whilst also allowing you to step away from daily routines, reconnect with nature and create memories that will last beyond your departure date.
Our guesthouse has been built adjacent to a local family, with spectacular views overlooking the mountains. Your host family are very welcoming, friendly and take great joy in making you feel at home. The guesthouse is equip with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, a large communal area with facilities to make a hot cup of tea or coffee and a private bathroom with a western toilet and a hot shower – this a very foreign and luxurious concept within the village.
Our glamping site is nestled deep in the forest and our tents are designed to make you feel as if you are part of the surrounding landscape, while still providing some creature comforts. Each of our private glamping tents are equipped with comfortable beds and solar power to provide you with a few hours of extra light. Throughout the evening there will be time to sit and enjoy the company of our mahouts and soak up the tranquillity of your surroundings.
We consider our glamping site to be at one with the forest and built sustainably, having the smallest environmental footprint possible.
After breakfast with your with your host family we will set off on our trek into the forest to our beautiful base camp fit with 3 stunning glamping tents. You will leave your gear in your own private tent and head out even deeper into the forest with the mahouts to find the elephants. During your observations of the elephants you will learn;
The mahouts may go fishing in the river or foraging in the surrounding forest, if successful they will then incorporate these findings into our evening meal. Be time to relax in your very own private luxury tent, sit around a fire enjoying the company of others and take in the beauty and tranquillity of the forest around you. If the skies are clear, there will be opportunity to spot stars shining through the forest canopy.
Camping equipment will be provided.
|Glamping (4 days / 3 nights)|
|Number of people||Cost per person||Deposit per person||Balance per person|
|Transportation Costs: Round Trip|
|1 Person: £157||4 People: £52|
|2 People: £79||5 People: £42|
|3 People: £70||6 People: £35|
Additional night’s stay can be arranged upon request and if there is availability.
Prices are in GBP sterling, please ask for a quote in a different currency if required. All prices are per person per trip.
Transportation costs are not included in overall costs per person.
We are able to source the most cost effective local transport which is fully insured, the location of our project is a 4 hour drive from Chiang Mai, through mountainous terrain on rural roads. We are particular with the drivers that we choose, ensuring that we are hiring people who are familiar and confident on the mountain roads, the village location is very rural and can be difficult to find. We provide an English-speaking guide for both journeys.
It is always best to take our transport, please ask any questions regarding this that you may have.
The deposit of £50 per person must be paid to the Mahouts Elephant Foundation at the time of booking.
The balance must be paid to Mahouts Elephant Foundation (agents for mahouts Elephants LTD Partnership ), at least eight weeks before the start date of the trip.
Groups are usually limited to a maximum of six people, for the well- being of the elephants, village and the forest.
Mahouts Elephant Foundation are pleased to offer ground arrangements through a local company; Mahouts Elephants LTD Partnership.
Whilst all arrangements in Thailand are organised by our ground staff team, all other arrangements prior to the commencement of your trip will be organised by Mahouts Elephant Foundation.
|Cold season||Dry season||Wet season|
|When to visit||November - February||March - May||May - October|
|Hiking distances||Maximum 2 hours||Maximum 3 hours||Maximum 4 hours|
|Average temperature||10-23 °C||24-31 °C||23-28 °C|