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.
WHY THIS TOUR?
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!
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.