Patara Elephant Farm

Visit & Volunteer for a  Day



Location: T.Baan Pong A.Hang Dong 

                  Chiang Mai




Patara Elephant Farm offers a hands-on experience by participating, sharing responsibilities and taking care of an elephant in a natural environment. 


PEF offer an animal-friendly elephant ride by riding bare-back on their neck, no painful heavy saddles! 


"Elephant Owner for a Day" is a special programme created for everyone to learn and interact with elephants in the same way an owner would do daily.



- 7:30am pick-up

- Arrive at the farm

- Introduction to the elephants

- Training session         

- Bare-back riding session

- Visit to waterfall for lunch and a refreshing bath for          you and your elephant. 

- Elephant ride back to farm for evening feed

- Farewell and photo oppurtunities with you elephant

- 4pm drop-off


Includes:a specialised training trip with an elephant, traditional Thai picnic lunch, drinking water and complementary DVD photos & videos of your activity.

Single day volunteering available only.


Although we do NOT support elephant riding and much rather recommend seeing elephants in a NON-working environment and in their natural habitat.

Bare-back riding, without a saddle is much more ethical. This is the only venue we recommend that offers riding.


We are aware of plans for an external organisation to work closely with Patara in the near future to encourage a non riding venue.  


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