Anyone in the Chiang Mai area who wants to see elephants should absolutely check out Elephant Nature Park (https://www.elephantnaturepark.org/) Who doesn't love elephants?! They have cool trunks that they eat with, vibrant personalities and they were obviously everyones favorite stuffed animal growing up (and if that's not an indicator I don't know what is).
Elephant Nature Park is a rescue and rehab center located in Northern Thailand. They rescue elephants from forced breeding, circus and logging industries as well as inhumane elephant parks. They focus on animal welfare and development and take pride in providing a loving and safe sanctuary for these animals. (And if I haven't sold you yet, they have a few baby elephants!)
The people who take care of elephants are called Mahout and they develop a very close bond with their elephant, protecting, feeding, bathing and caring for them full time. It is there job to keep the elephant nurtured and to ensure they are not over exposed to visitors. The elephants safety is of the highest priority.
Here are some fun photos from the group at the sanctuary. We got to walk around the entire park and during the second half of the day, we got to bathe one of the elephants.
Pro tip - you keep the elephants still by feeding them watermelon! (Green basket, second to last picture)
If you'd like to hear more about the visit or have any questions - let me know! I would be happy to connect you with our guide.