An Elephant-themed Recycling Initiative

An Elephant-themed
Recycling Initiative

From animal excrements to a sustainable end-product: the people behind Chiang Mai’s Elephant
Poo Poo Paper Park have been praised for their ongoing efforts to work towards an
eco-friendly, hands-on and artistic approach of making paper differently.


The Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park has been a trendsetter in assuring the sustainable side of travel in and around Chiang Mai. Located in the Mae Rim District, the initiative takers of this outdoor museum have ventured into new means to work toward being almost recycling project in maximizing the use of elephant excrements for artistic and paper making alternatives.

The name of the park may at first raised some eyebrows but what visitors will find here, is something that has set examples on how to tackle and re-use animal waste for art and daily household use. This half-day excursion highlights in a maximum of 1.5 hours the eco-friendly approach and the numerous ways to get creative with elephant poop fibres. All guided on spot by professional conservationists and devout artists!


An Elephant-themed Recycling Initiative

08:30 - 13:30
11:30 - 16:30

Available in a morning and an afternoon version, customers are welcomed by our local representative for a short transfer from Chiang Mai to the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park. The park is a well-designed area where numerous pavilions, all constructed in a sustainable way and using materials that have the least amount of damage on the environment, each display the of elephant poo and its rich content fibres. Guided by English-speaking assistance on spot, the walk passes 8 different, Thai-style pavilions where the processes of getting to the final, workable product are easily explained for young and old. The diversity of the end product, paper, and your creativity to create your paper product with a hands-on introduction will give visitors a whole new and refreshing look in the use of what is often labelled as improper.

Elements of the history of Chiang Mai, the importance of the elephant in Thai history and the development of paper, dating back almost 2000 years to its birthplace – China – are woven into the walk. Fun for the whole family, guests are encouraged to partake in the papermaking process and learn the finer art from the staff standing by. Ample time to take pictures and get tips and hints to perfect your poo poo paper making techniques by skilled artists and park guides. It is here when the often head-turning fun starts. Visitors are encouraged to pull up a stool, roll up their sleeves and join together with their talented artisans and guides and participate in our head-turning process! Your half-day tour ends with freshening up after digging into the buckets and move towards the exit for a short transfer back to your accommodation.




  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Private tours and transfers with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • A private transfer with guide will escort the customers to and from the park, yet will join other guests during the actual tour and activities.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.


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