WHEN OUR ELEPHANTS FIRST CAME TO ECOVALLEY, THEY LOVED IT SO MUCH THEY DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE!
That might happen to you, too! Now you can experience elephants up-close and personal while learning about their daily care, feeding, herbal treatments, heritage, and the profound relationship between these gentle giants and people. Elephant EcoValley lies in the lush green Maetaman Valley about an hour north of Chiang Mai next to the Huay Pa Rai Hilltribe Village where Karen people are free to live and continue their traditional customs: weaving, farming, and taking excellent care of elephants.
ELEPHANT CULTURE MUSEUM
Our mission is to share the elephants’ history, their culture, their current environment, and their relationship with the human species—compassionately and scientifically. The destiny of elephants is in the hands and hearts of people. If we understand the past, the present becomes clearer, and we can create a secure future for our gentle friends. You’ll journey through history, meet their prehistoric ancestors, and experience the touching story of Kham Kaew, our 69-year-old elephant who passed away but has joined us again in spirit and skeleton in her own special exhibit.
FEED THE ELEPHANTS
A herd of happy elephants will greet you at Elephant EcoValley. They spend about 18 hours per day eating, so they’ll always be hungry when you arrive, patiently waiting to be fed bananas, sugarcane, and other plants cultivated on the surrounding hills and meadows.
ELEPHANT POO PAPER PRODUCTION
Some elephants eat up to 300 kilos of food every day. That makes a plethora of poo, about 100 kilos per elephant, and we make it into paper. Take it from Pooter: “Hello! I live in Thailand with lots of my buddies. Every day we eat a huge variety of plants and fruit. Then with our own special technique, we transfer out our “raw fibers” onto the ground, wherever and whenever we want. Then out two-legged friends treat the fibers by cleaning, blending, fermenting, boiling, sifting and drying. You can help and take some home to remember me forever!”
HERBAL TREATMENT AND NATURE TRAIL
A wide variety of herbs are used to maintain the health of elephants and cure minor ailments. You can help us make their daily nutritional herb balls and stroll along the Nature Trail to see the plants growing in the wild.
WATER AND MUD BATH
The elephants adore their daily trips to the natural mud spa at the waterfall. Stand as close as you want, but beware of a trunk full of flying mud! If you don’t mind getting wet, join your new giant friends on the Elephant Trail activity at Elephant EcoValley.
For those of you a bit more adventurous, you can follow your own personal elephant and hike up to the upper valley. You can be your elephant’s bathing attendants, right in the mud and water! Don’t worry. A cool shower is in your near future after communing with your buddy.
HUAY PA RAI HILLTRIBE VILLAGE
Stroll through this Karen village where the Paduan or “long-neck” and the Kayan or “big-ear” tribes make their home. Chat with the locals, play with the kids, snap portraits of women weaving, men cultivating rice, and families living as they have for centuries, now safe from the tyranny and dangers they left behind in their homeland of Myanmar.
SPEND A FEW HOURS OR ALL DAY!
Multiple package tours are available so you can customize your visit to Elephant EcoValley. Take the whole day, an extraordinary day you’ll never forget. Combine the “Elephant Rendezvous” program in the lower valley with the “Elephant Trail” program in the upper valley plus the Huay Pa Rai Hilltribe Village, and enjoy a tasty gourmet lunch as well.
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