Elephant Valley is one of those respectful parks in Thailand where they ''let elephants be elephants''. Here you will not climb on them, you will not baths with them either, they will not paint or do any tricks to entertain you, you will not touch them at all. You will simply observe them, follow them, look at them from a distance. Minimum 10 meters away, this is the number 1 rule of the 7 rules to follow when visiting the park. Elephant Valley goal is to reduce their contact with humans to a minimum so step by step their 6 elephants (in December 2017, they were 6) often coming from trekking camps, often in bad condition, can resume their wild habits and live their lives without needing humans and especially without permanent submission to humans.
Elephant Valley Thailand is a variation of a similar elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. Opened in 2016 not far from Chiang Rai White Temple, it has not yet reached full scale yet and is trying to expand by acquiring neighboring land. Their purpose, maybe a little optimistic, is to make their elephants able to live again in the nature in 10 years. Because nature is where elephants are the most happy of course but we have to deal with all those who have been raised in captivity and support all initiatives to offer them a better life and try to avoid their extinction. The Elephant Valley project is one of them.