Notten's Bush Camp

The Bush Camp consists of 10 custom made, comfy tents, resembling African safari accommodations – all built by highly skilled local artisans prioritizing sustainability and supporting the local community.

During the day, you will have the unique opportunity to join our sustainable activities including our popular chain free, hands-off elephant experience taking place at the on-site Elephant Park.

The area around our Camp is natural, unique and prime habitat for myriad birds including green peafowl. This combined with the view of Chedi’s, temples and stunning mountain scenery will take you back to the times of ancient Chiang Mai.

To relax from all your adventures during the daytime, we invite you to hop into our infinity pool in the afternoon and enjoy a refreshing drink. From the pool you can admire the views over the magnificent Ping river and the Chedi’s nestled in the lush green mountains, glistening in the sunset.

At nighttime, you can join a delicious dinner, offering local and western cuisine in our open-air restaurant adjacent to the pool.

All meals, accommodation, activities, and transport are included in the unique package. This camp combined with Elephants Hills Camp in Khao Sok National Park is the best of Southern and Northern Thailand.

10 Tents

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chiang Mai, you will be able to experience local life close to nature without missing out on the luxuries of an excellent equipped glamping tent with hot and cold shower, electricity, Wi-Fi and a magnificent view from your own spacious balcony.

The Program

Warm welcome to The Bush Camp Chiang Mai! On this unforgettable 2-day 1-night experience you will discover the spectacular Northern Thailand at its best. The serene location along the magnificent Ping river provides breathtaking views straight from your luxury tent balcony – or from our beautiful restaurant and infinity pool. The carefully crafted tour itinerary invites you to indulge in traditional Northern Thai lifestyle, food and the ancient way of living in the countryside. Not forgetting the elephants! Taken care of with exceptional welfare standards onsite at The Bush Camp, our beloved free-roaming pachyderms welcome you on a once in a lifetime hands-off experience.

Day 1: The Amazing Bush Camp Elephant Experience.

Transfer from the airport or hotels in Chiang Mai to The Bush Camp. (Transfer times are approximately 2 hrs.)

Arrive in the late morning before enjoying a delicious Thai lunch. After lunch check in and prepare for the day’s activities.

Today’s activities are set around The Bush Camp’s Elephant and Mahout Experience:

Visit our “Free-roaming chain free” elephant park. Feed and interact with Asia’s largest land animal. A truly once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Thailand majestic giants in their natural home.

Spend time in the Elephant Café as elephants roam peacefully in front of you.

Explore the life of the mahouts by seeing how they live together with nature and the elephants. Experience the traditions of the mahout by watching their families pound rice, weave their own hand made clothes and go about their daily life. Sample some of their cooking and help them make paper from elephant dung!

Enjoy a sundowner on one of the many mountain-top viewpoints which overlook the majestic Ping River, the lifeblood of northern Thailand. Experience barbequed delicacies and a drink or two while watching the northern-Thai sun set behind the mountains.

After watching the sun set and having time to freshen up you will return to enjoy a buffet dinner of freshly prepared Thai and western dishes whilst overlooking beautiful mountain vistas.

Day 2: Mahout Mornings

The morning rituals of our mahouts and Elephants. Enjoy a fresh buffet breakfast at your leisure. Arrive at our “Free Roaming Forest” and sample “Kafee Boran” and “kanom krok” a traditional coffee and breakfast snack enjoyed by our mahouts and observe how our Elephants are cared for. Watch the elephants enjoy their morning wash and learn more about how we work with elephants here at The Bush Camp. Understand more about good animal husbandry techniques and how we administer veterinary care for the benefit of our pachyderms.

After a full morning of activities return to your tent to check out before enjoying one final lunch overlooking the mountains and Ping River before returning to hotels / Airport in Chiang Mai.