Tour Category


Chiang Mai Private Tours:

CMFD38 One Day Mini Trek Mae Wang (with elephant interaction & care)



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2,100 - 6,400


Spend a day in the beautiful Mae Wang area. On this day you will spend a few quality hours with elephants caring and bathing them as well as paying a visit to a Karen Hill tribe village and bamboo raft on the Win River.


On pick up at your Chiang Mai hotel we will head out of Chiang Mai towards the hills and mountains in the Mae Wang area. On arrival at Mae Wang we will need to swap transport to the 4 wheel vehicle for the ride on the rough road to the elephants home high up in the hills. Please be prepared for a bumpy ride as the elephants reside up in the hills and can only be reached by dirt track. You will spend 2 hours with the elephants taking care and bathing these animals in the local river. after our elephant activities you will be taken back down the mountain to our lunch venue where you will take a local lunch before embarking on a short trek to Mae Wang Waterfall. Swimming is possible here in the dry season when the flow is not so strong! (but not recommended in the wet season!). we will then continue a drive to a Karen hill tribe village where you can take a walk around the village and observe their lifestyles. Our final stop of the day will be at the rafting camp where you will board bamboo rafts for the ride down the Win River.


• Pick up from your hotel 7:30am
• Change vehicle and off road to elephants
• Elephant feeding and bathing
• Lunch
• Trek in the jungle
• Visit Mae Wang Waterfall
• Visit Karen hill tribe village (not long neck)
• Bamboo rafting
• Transfer back to Chiang Mai hotel 5:30pm


Child Discounts

Child below 130cm tall

250 baht discount for each child

Infant (24 months and below)


This tour includes:
• Licensed English speaking tour guide
• Private transport by air con minibus/car
• Careful driver
• Lunch
• All listed activities
• All entrance fees
• Pick up and drop off at your hotel

This tour excludes:


Private tour: Departures on any date to suit your own schedule & no minimum requirement of persons
Private Tour
This tour is a private tour. We will run this tour exclusively for yourself and your group of family or friends
This tour is operated by Curious Gecko. Curious Gecko is Blugecko's own tour operation subsidiary. Blugecko is the parent company of Curious Gecko

Elephant Friendly!
This tour features elephants. Blugecko does not offer elephant riding or elephant shows and aims to work with only those elephant suppliers, owners and mahouts who provide a good standard of welfare for their our full elephant policy here


This tour is conducted as a privately escorted tour only you will be supplied with your own tour guide and private vehicle . Sorry there are no group departures for this programme.

Private tours - for 1-2 persons transport will be a modern comfortable air-conditioned car or minibus
Private tours - for 3-13 persons transport will be a modern comfortable air-conditioned minibus
On arrival in Mae Wang you will transfer to a 4 wheel drive open sided pick up for the ride up to the elephant camp
and back

This tour includes transfer to and from your Chiang Mai hotel. Please be ready and waiting in the lobby of your hotel before the pick up time specified on your booking confirmation. Please specify your hotel and its address on the booking form. If you do not have a hotel booked we can still process your booking but please inform us of your hotel at least 3 days prior to departure. For private tours we can arrange transfers to and from all hotels (an extra charge will usually be incurred for outlying hotels). If there are any issues with your specified hotel we will inform you before we ask for payment and process your booking.

This is a full day tour and no accommodation is provided. Blugecko can arrange your Chiang Mai hotel if required

This tour is conducted with an English speaking trekking guide. The guides will be TAT licensed (Tourist Authority of Thailand)


A limited amount of accident insurance is provided to cover some medical bills in case of an injury but it is advised that you have your own comprehensive accident insurance.

Elephant welfare

These elephants live up in the forested hills in the Mae Wang area and Blugecko believe the elephant owners provide a good standard of elephant welfare but please note the following:

• A bull hook is used on occasions to ensure control and safety of both the elephant and client
• A limited amount of bareback riding is allowed - no riding apparatus or seats are used

Please be aware and understand the above if you are uncomfortable with any use of the bull hook then please do not do not book this tour
if you have any further questions on the elephant welfare on this trip please ask us.

Dress Codes and what to wear

• The Northern Thailand climate is hot all year round. Wear light, cool clothes: Shorts (or long pants if you prefer), T shirt and a sun hat are ideal attire.

• Please be prepared for the occasional shower, luckily in Chiang Mai rainfall is mostly confined to short showers rather than prolonged rainfall. A lightweight easily packable raincoat is an ideal precaution

• You will get wet during the bamboo rafting and bathing with the elephants swim wear is recommended as you will be getting wet and muddy. If water conditions allow swimming at the waterfall is also possible.

Exertion levels are medium on this tour there will be around 1.5 hours of trekking up and down rough tracks in a hot climate

This is a full day tour and lunch is provided. Vegetarians can be catered for

There is no compulsory tipping. Tipping is at your own discretion and choice, but if you felt that you were served by the guide and driver well during your trip any extra income is gratefully received.