Pick-up at the hotel. A short drive brings you to the outskirts of Chiang Mai where you will visit "Elephant Parade", a social enterprise which uses a unique combination of art, business and conservation to provide a structural and ongoing source of income for elephant welfare and conservation while raising awareness about elephants' plight and needs. It also runs the world's largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues which can today be seen in cities around the world. You will first learn how "Elephant Parade" came about when father and son Marc and Mike Spits visited Thailand in 2006 and decided to help "Mosha", an elephant which had lost a front leg after accidentally stepping on a landmine. You will understand how this organization has grown over the years and how, with the help of artists and celebrities, Elephant Parade has become what it is today. Then you will be led into the workshop where you can witness artists painting these unique elephant statues before you may want to try your hand at painting a miniature size elephant which you can carry home afterwards (elephant statue not included in costs). Delicious Thai lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch you visit the nearby Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park, an outdoor museum park that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making the much talked about paper products from elephant poop fibers. A leisurely stroll leads through lush gardens and through several pavilions in which each stage of the fascinating process from poo collection to rinsing to final product assembly is explained. Visitors are encouraged to assist the artisans in the production of elephant poo-poo paper.
Your last visit will be to the Thai Elephant Care Center where elderly elephants are allowed to live in peace and harmony when they retire from daily work. There is even an elephant cemetery here. Return to Chiang Mai in the late afternoon.