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Buddy Tours, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Buddy Tours, Elephant Care, Adventure, Hilltribe & Jungle Trekking
in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Seven days volunteer program,
the Hug Elephants Sanctuary
& Buddy Tours

The Hug Elephants Sanctuary is a family run project for the elephants. Their vision is that the elephants no longer have to work with the elephant riding parks. They rely on visitors and volunteers to give the elephants the love and care they deserve. And you can experience one of the greatest experiences of your life.

Their mission is to provide the elephants with utmost care, comfort and freedom. Their methods and information are transparent and honest. The health and happiness of their elephants is their highest priority. You can stay with the elephants as a traditional Mahout (elephant keeper) and learn to understand the lives of elephants.

They are located in the Mae Wang District / National Park approximately 1h south of Chiang Mai.

Bear in mind that being a mahout is hard work, but it is a very rewarding job!

We provide:

Pick up from your hotel or guesthouse by pick up truck 7:30 - 8:00h.
Return to your accomodation or Chiang Mai Airport at about 18:00h.

Or send an Email to
(Please supply your full name, the departure date for the trek, the number of persons and the name and phone Nr. of the hotel or guesthouse where you will stay.)

A typical day in the life of a volunteer

What you should bring.

Mud play with elephants Man hugging elephant trunk Girls feeding elephants Girl with elephant Mud play with elephants Group with elephants in river Pair at waterfall Girl under elephant head Elephants in mud

Useful links:
The Karen hilltribe   Visiting Hilltribe Villages   Malaria Prevention

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