Get up close to Asian elephants at a sanctuary dedicated to their preservation. Watch these fascinating creatures play soccer and wield paintbrushes, then visit a king cobra snake farm, an orchid and butterfly garden, and a village known for its local handicrafts.
After you're picked up from your hotel, journey to the Mae Sa valley elephant sanctuary. Watch these gentle giants interact with their mahouts, or trainers—elephants are highly intelligent, and they're sure to wow you with their painting skills and love of playing games. Learn about the noble efforts being made to prevent the possible extinction of these incredible creatures, Thailand's national symbol.
Enjoy a stop for lunch, then head to the king cobra snake farm. Uncover the secrets of Thailand's largest species of snake, watching from a safe distance as the snake keeper handles these impressive reptiles. Travel on to see a softer side of Thailand with a stop at the Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm. Stroll past the blooms of some of the world's rarest orchid varieties, including the pure white orchid, while colorful butterflies flutter around you.
Finally, journey on to the handicraft center of Bor Sang in the San Kamphaeng district, renowned for its vibrant umbrellas in every hue of the rainbow. Watch artisans crafting the paper parasols, then wander among the other stalls to look at the silverware, Thai silk, and jewels on offer before you return to the city.