While in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we visited an elephant sanctuary called Elephant Nature Park. It was a sanctuary where elephants were brought that may have been working in illegal logging camps, as beggars in the cities, or simply abused by their owners. It was an amazing place to visit but also very heartbreaking as you got to meet the elephants and learn how they got to the Elephant Nature Park, some of their stories began with years of abuse and neglect.
However, if you are an eco-conscience tourist and want to visit elephants in Thailand where they can roam free in their natural habitat, where they are taken care of and not abused, I highly recommend visiting Elephant Nature Park. They have a very large range of passes available where you can go for a day (what Lisa and I did), a few days, or even volunteer for a few weeks! We did the day pass which we booked through our hostel. It cost 2,500 baht each but was well worth it as you can tell these elephants are well loved and they are in an environment that is closest to what they would get in the wild. They picked us up from the hostel, brought us to the elephant sanctuary and we were provided with a buffet style lunch. For 2,500 baht each, this is the way to go. Here are pictures that both Lisa and I took throughout the day.