Burm & Emily's Elephant Sanctuary

Become a volunteer or short stay guest

Burm & Emily's Elephant Sanctuary (BEES) provides a sanctuary for retired and elderly elephants and their mahouts after lifetimes of hardship. BEES has adopted a 'hands-off' policy, so elephants live freely in a natural environment.


Visitors can observe elephants in an environment that enables and stimulates their inherent wild behaviours, ones that have been suppressed through a lifetime of hard work and captivity. 

Help out

Visitors have the opportunity to hike out into the forest and observe the elephants just being elephants! You can help clean their night enclosures, collect and prepare the night feed, plant grass and trees, do some construction, help out in community programmes or care for the other rescued animals such as cats and dogs. Whatever you get up to at BEES you will make memories that last a lifetime.


Join their volunteer or short stay guest program, experience a traditional Thai-style room (a mattress and mosquito net on the floor), enjoy a refreshing cold shower after a days work and be rewarded by the sight of these beautiful creatures enjoying a better life. 

Dogs & cats!

Alongside the elephant project BEES have set up BEARS - Animal Rescue and Shelter to provide veterinary care for the local street and temple dogs and cats. During your time at BEES you could also get involved in the great work that this project undertakes. 


Located just a 2.5 hours drive south-west of Chiang Mai, amongst beautiful mountain scenery and lush countryside, BEES is a local family- and community- based project.


It is situated in a valley in Mae Tan, Thung Yaw Maechaem, with breathtaking views of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand.


Location: Mae Chaem District, Chiang Mai, Thailand           

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