Chiang Mai, Karen tribes and elephants

Trek Tradition and Elephants

Chang Chill Sanctuary Mae Wang

 Chiang Mai, the North Rose ...

Chiang Mai is an ideal travel destination in Thailand. It offers culture and adventure, nature and architecture, shopping and leisure, and much more ...

The old town of Chiang Mai is surrounded by ruins and rectangular moats. The weather is nice even in March, of course, Chiang Mai is located in the mountains of northern Thailand ...

Chiang Mai is well none for its beauty, unique atmosphere and creativity. The city is surrounded by green mountains, rivers, waterfalls and jungles.

The period from November to January is the best time to visit Chiang Mai.

You can meet different hill tribes, admire beautiful views of the mountains, see the sunset and the sunrise, maybe observe the stars on a clear day. Chiang Mai is rich in unforgettable cultural experiences ...
Magical landscapes of Mae Wang and unspoiled nature

Tradition and elephants, you will discover the region of Chiang Mai, its cultures, its ethnic diversity and its elephants.

The first day ... 

The visit of an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai is an experience full of emotions and exchanges ... The trip to Mae Wang takes about 45 minutes with a stop at the local Mae Wang Market. Upon your arrival at the Mae Wang Elephant Sanctuary, you will be greeted by the warm hospitality of the Karen people. Once at the main lodge, you can relax and get to know this peaceful place. You will begin by learning to know the elephants, their daily life, how to take care of them and feed them. You will learn how to harvest the herbs for elephants before enjoying your picnic in the countryside.
Elephants in the camp and their living space

Then, accompanied by the mahout, you will go hiking in the forest, for about 40 minutes. In the forest, with your elephant you can look for sugar cane, their favorite treat ...

After the walk, the pleasure of swimming ... You will share a mud bath and participate in water games with elephants, enjoying as much as you this moment of relaxation and freshness ...
Elephant's bath

At the evening dinner you will taste the local cuisine and experiment the friendly and playful spirit of your Karen hosts. You will spend the night at the camp, in a big bamboo hut Karen style ...

Second and third days 

Day trekking, rice paddies, waterfalls, swimming and visit the beautiful botanical garden Khun Wang Royal Chiang Mai.

The Khun Wang Royal Chiang Mai project is located on Doi Inthanon. It was created in 2525. It is an initiative of His Highness King Bhumibol Adulyadej to solve the problems of deforestation, poverty and substitution of opium cultivation. In Chiang Mai, other royal projects can be visited, such as the Angkhang Royal Agricultural Project which is its flagship, the Nong Hoi Development Center, the Pang Ung Royal Project Development Center, and so on.
A place for those interested in plantations and sustainable lifestyles and want to learn more about it.
The Khun Wang Royal Chiang Mai project

The Karen villages are composed of about twenty homes on stilts, in a clearing near the river. Each Karen household is made up of parents, their unmarried children, married daughters and their families. The Karen have few goods and furniture. They sleep on braided mats, cook on open fires and get water in the nearby river. In northern Thailand, some speak taungthu, one of the seven Karen languages, while others speak Thai Many Karen have been converted to Christianity by missionaries, but still practice animism. Much of the life of Karen people is governed by spirits. The most important is the Lord of the Earth and Water who controls the fertility of the soil. Another important element is the ancestral Guardian Spirit (matrilineal). The village priest is the most revered individual. It is he who directs the rituals and it is he who fixes the dates of the annual ceremonies. However, as the Karen are incorporated into the Thai nation, more and more people are converting to Buddhism. Karen's traditional land use has little impact on the environment. Rotational agriculture has been part of the Karen culture for many centuries. This practice involves cultivating a series of different crops types in the same area during sequenced seasons. It ensures that the soil is not used for a single set of nutrients. It reduces soil erosion and increases its fertility and also improves productivity. The Karen way of life has become a reference for many environmental organizations in Thailand.
Karen village

The way in which the resources of their territory are managed can serve as a model for better management of forest biodiversity. Today, many marketable crops, such as tomatoes, soy, peanuts, beans and peppers, have become almost as important as the staple rice crops. The Karen are well none for their centuries-old tradition of living and working with both domestic and wild elephants. In the past, elephants were involved in forestry work, transporting timber and goods. Since the ban on the exploitation of natural forests in 1989, the Karen have turned to tourism for lack of alternatives.

Our tours with elephants

Safarine allows you to discover, accompany and / or treat elephants in the greatest respect of the animal.

Elephant care 1d
Alongside the mahouts, discover the elephants and participate in daily care in a camp located in an idyllic place, the primary forest and mountains in the background. 

Trek "Survivor" and elephants 2d / 1n
Discover the forest, the mountain and their resources during a day of trekking and initiation to survival techniques, then during another day meet and take care of elephants. 

Discovery and Nature Chiang Mai - 2 d/ 1 n
Discovery of Chiang Mai and its temples. The Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. Walk in the jungle, dive into the waterfalls, meet the hmong and the karen. 

Trek Bivouac and elephants 2d / 1n
This tour introduces you to the Doi Pui at 1,685 meters above sea level, the highest peak in Doi Suthep Pui National Park, the Karen country, its coffee plantations and elephants. 

Relaxing in Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai 3d /2n
This full three-day tour takes you from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai through beautiful landscapes to discover nature, history and people. 

Traditions and elephants 3d / 2n
Tradition and elephants make you discover the region of Chiang Mai, its cultures, its ethnic diversity and its elephants with the greatest respect for nature and life.

Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and elephants 4d / 3n
A whole day to get to know the elephants better. Then, discover the north of Thailand and the ancient kingdom of Lanna, the Golden Triangle, and an incursion to Laos, beyond the Mekong. 

Trek hill tribes and elephants 2d / 1n
The hill tribes, bamboo rafting, ethnic encounters and moments of tenderness with elephants... Two days strong in sensations !