Learn, play and connect with elephants in their natural environment, enriched by expert insights. Setting a benchmark for welfare, our award-winning Dara Elephant Camp offers unforgettable journeys – some included in your Discovery Experience and others providing inspirational additions.
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) was set up primarily to help elephants that cannot help themselves: for those that find themselves, through abuse or through circumstance, unable to provide and maintain an income for themselves, for their mahouts and their families.
As it takes approximately USD 18,000 to look after a single elephant for a year, your money will make a significant difference in helping us to look after your elephant. The money will be put towards her food, general upkeep and possible medical care.
Walking with Giants
Journey into the jungle with our elephants and their mahouts on their daily walk, and watch as these gentle giants splash in the river or play in the mud, snack on leaves from nearby branches and socialise with one another.
Championing the joy of free-roaming, the vet or biologist explains how these intelligent creatures think and behave. Amble alongside your elephant out to the grasslands, forest and river. Observe their social interactions in their native habitat.
Please note that this programme does not include riding elephants.
ELE Elephant Learning Experience
Delve into elephant biology, behaviour and conservation research in a richly educational experience, led by our resident experts. Discover fascinating facts as you watch our clever giants play. After the elephants have finished playing, take them to the bathing area for a cool drink and well-deserved shower.
Elephant & Yoga Experience
Calm and free your mind in tune with your gentle giant’s rhythmic pace as you walk along forest trails. Leave your companion to graze and retreat to a Thai sala for your personalised yoga class.
Stretch out stress and energy blockages, inspired by lush rice paddy surrounds. Reconnect with your elephant and return through countryside, refreshed by wild jungle nature.
Elephant Sunset Experience
Set out on a romantic journey. Bond with your elephants and celebrate in a world of your own. Meander forest trails at a leisurely pace - walking alongside your gentle giant.
Arrive at our secluded private hilltop to find a beautifully decorated sala, reserved exclusively for you. Toast a magnificent sunset over three countries and the Mekong River, savouring your chosen beverages and canapés.
Dining by Design at the Thida Elephant Camp
Dining by Design offers the ultimate in tailored private dining, and our Thida Elephant Camp provides a naturally intimate setting.
Choose from a collection of fine dining menus, or fine-tune the ideal culinary sequence with your personal chef. Then relish a gourmet dining retreat with flawless butler service and playful companions in a rustic jungle setting.
Let our chefs prepare a gourmet hamper filled with all your favourites. Relax on a rug scattered with cushions. Savour your picnic goodies in quiet seclusion with unforgettable views, while your gentle giant companions munch on their own snacks nearby.
VIP Regal Elephant Arrival
Arrive at the airport and travel by private car to historic Chiang Saen. Board your longtail boat and cruise the Mekong River to the confluence of two rivers, where the Golden Triangle begins.
Pull up at our jetty for a first glimpse of our hilltop jungle retreat and a welcoming committee of gentle giants. The VIP Regal Elephant Arrival takes approximately one and a half hours and is available only during daylight.