The lush tropical jungles of the area make for a stark contrast against white sandy beaches and dusty cityscapes, and you’ll find Chiang Mai to be very tourist friendly in the main. The real pull of Chiang Mai however is its elephants.
You can get up close to these majestic creatures in a natural habitat at one of the elephant camps or nature parks in the area.
The Elephant Nature Park is one place where you can find organised tours and packages to delight all elephant lovers. This elephant conservation park offers day trips, overnight stays and more. You could also become an elephant volunteer for a full week or fortnight for a truly memorable trip.
The Patara Elephant Farm is another elephant conservation program where you can experience ‘being an elephant owner for the day.’ This hands on day trip will see you learning how to approach an elephant correctly, feed and check its health, bathe and brush it, ride on its neck and communicate with it.
If you’re looking to make your stay in Chiang Mai extra memorable, forget the hotels in the city and instead head into the jungle to stay in treehouse accommodation. The Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort is a good starting point, with six treehouses sleeping up to four.