My friend and I did the "Care for Elephants--Single Day" option and it gave us the highlight of our trip to Chiang Mai. We prepared food for them (i.e. cutting up fruit), fed them, walked with them up a mountain to get lunch & siesta, walked back down to the river to bathe them, then we strolled through the main area of the park. If you choose this particular excursion, make sure to wear an outfit that you don't mind getting muddy/wet (swimming gear and water shoes are best) and some trusty mosquito repellent. There's a reason this isn't for kids as there is some handling of sharp knives, a need to be self aware and aware of one's surroundings as you literally walk side by side (and sometimes behind and/or in front, depending on how narrow the path gets) with elephants as well as physically interact with them, and the trek up and down the mountain has a fair amount of incline and rock maneuvering--so if you need an excuse to ditch the kids...this is it! Overall, breath-taking experience. If you have any love for animals, especially elephants, this experience is worth every baht.
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