After the morning elephant bath and breakfast, head to the elephant hospital for a tour. Learn about the elephants’ lifespan and how injured elephants are treated and cared for here. Learn about the many elephants the camp has rescued from abusive situations and how they are rehabilitated. This will be your last chance to ask any lingering questions you have about these gentle giants before you head home, so don’t be afraid to speak up!
It will now be time to say good-bye to your elephant, your gracious hosts, and the camp. At the closing ceremony, receive a certificate of completion for the program. In the afternoon, depart for Chiang Mai and check in to the hotel for some down time by the pool. After a nice rest, head into town for a traditional Thai massage before dinner, and take in some souvenir shopping at the world-famous Night Bazaar.
Today, you’ll have the chance to explore a couple of Chiang Mai’s many sites of interest while waiting for the rest of the group to arrive in the late afternoon. Options may include learning the art of Thai massage at a school near town, catching one of the latest movies in a state-of-the-art movie theater, or visiting some awesome waterfalls nearby. Whichever activity the group chooses, our staff will gladly show you a great time!
By late afternoon, meet up with your new friends joining you for the second leg of the trip. You’ll have a chance mix and mingle, rest, and take a dip in the hotel pool before heading to dinner. Be sure to share with the newest members of your group all the amazing things you learned about elephants in the week prior!
After breakfast, the adventure begins with a short morning hike up Doi Kham, where you will learn a bit about Buddhism and take in the scenery from this seldom-visited temple. Then, head north out of the city to Tiger Kingdom, where you will have the chance to spend a little time with some adorable young tigers! Next, it’s off to one of the most impressive orchid farms in the area, followed by a trip every traveler to Chiang Mai should take – up the big mountain on the edge of town to the most famous temple in the region, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Listen closely to the amazing story of how an elephant marked the spot for the temple to be built – then head up the dragon-guarded staircase to check it out for yourself. After being blessed by a monk, ringing bells, and burning incense for good luck, take in the incredible view over the Chiang Mai Valley.
After a short break back at the hotel, you’ll spend the evening taking in some of the country’s best shopping – and practicing your bargaining skills – at Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar.