When visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, you will be tempted to visit an elephant sanctuary. There are advertisements and fliers posted all over for them, and, elephants are awesome, so why not book a tour and meet some? In recent years, it seems as though more and more "elephant sanctuaries" are popping up looking to make some money off the tourists who want to interact with elephants for the day. Not all elephant sanctuaries are created equally. But it is important to do some research before selecting the right sanctuary. In this post I will explain how to choose a reputable elephant sanctuary, the costs, tour options, where they get their elephants from and our experience with the elephant sanctuary we choose in Chiang Mai, Thailand.