Chai Lai Riverview Elephant Room
For those crafting their Thailand travel itineraries, Chiang Mai has become almost synonymous with its many elephant sanctuaries and rescue centres. Chai Lai Orchid is a local social business that works to promote sustainable tourism and kindness to elephants, and maintains this gorgeous eco-lodge to enable travellers to enjoy their holiday among elephants from check-in onwards! The organisation offers housing for any preference or budget – from simple, no-frills jungle bungalows to this beautiful teakwood room along the Mae Wang River and elephant path. Guests can spend their days playing with the elephants, or taking advantage of all the activities the grounds have to offer, like bamboo rafting, trekking to secret waterfalls, visiting Hill Tribe villages, and expansive star-gazing uninterrupted by city lights. The centre cares for 11 elephants rescued from work camps or harmful tourist shows – including four babies – and the organisation is also a partner of Daughters Rising, which provides a safe haven for women at risk of trafficking to live and work.