See a different side of Chiang Mai by hanging out with the gentle giants of the Elephant Nature Park. Be greeted by an expert guide and learn about the plight of this humble species - whose mistreatment is sadly prevalent in many parts of South-East Asia. Help out by feeding one of these friendly creatures from the viewing platform. Then, for those who don't mind getting a bit damp, don some bathers and get wet and wild during bathing time. Wave goodbye to new friends and return to Chiang Mai to make offerings to monks, explore Kad Ton Payo flea market, enjoy a spot of meditation or taste regional specialties. IMPORTANT INFORMATION For 2016 departures your trip will start on day 2 at 8.00am. For 2017 departures your trip will start at 6pm on day 1. Please make sure you print and bring with you the correct years trip notes for your full itinerary.

Highlights

Meet elephants in a responsible environment at the Elephant Nature Park, a unique project providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for these incredible creatures

Learn the story of rescued elephants and even get your swimgear on and help bathe them

Take a songthaew to Kad Ton Payom flea market and purchase offerings to give to monks

Discover local flavours with a traditional breakfast

Talk with the abbot at the 600-year-old Wat Umong Temple and learn about Buddhism and Dharma

Mingle with the monks and get some basic meditation tips in Wat Suan Dok