A tourist visiting Thailand was treated to an especially close encounter with a baby elephant who fancied himself a lapdog.

The video, posted to YouTube by Andrew Way, shows the "playful" baby elephant showing his affection for a female tourist by climbing into her lap while she sits on the ground.

The elephant makes himself comfortable on the woman's lap while she pets his back.

"On my last trip to Thailand I visited an elephant sanctuary and this 2 month old baby elephant just made my day! He was so loving and playful and hey how often do you get to have an elephant sitting in your lap?" Way wrote.