Maetang Elephant Park, Chiang Mai

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#7 of 24 in Parks in Chiang Mai
A national standout in terms of its level of humane treatment of animals, Maetang Elephant Park provides an unforgettable experience for visitors. Get to know these curious creatures up close while riding bareback, feeding them, and even swimming with them. Do not miss the chance to see trained elephants paint artwork, and pick up replicas of the pieces before you leave. Stop by the park's clinic and chat with experienced veterinarians about care of the gentle creatures. Book far ahead in advance if you hope to get the full experience package, which includes accommodations. Put Maetang Elephant Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Chiang Mai attractions planner.
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  • Bought a ticket costing THB1650 which include a elephant show. a elephant ride, a bullock cart ride, a raft ride down the river and lunch. It's all worth it and took about 3 hours to complete. You can...  more »
  • This visit was planned by our tour operator. Me being a little informed about the treatment of elephants in Thailand, we knew what to expect... And we were not wrong. This place isn't that a tourist factory for most of the hordes of Chinese tourists without a gene we of course declined the ride on the backs of these elephants whose walks of place at an industrial pace everything is done for you encourage (see oblige) to buy fruit for elephants and give tips to arms most of the elements are the collapse of their characteristic back of this activity as well as open wounds, obvious signs of abuse perpetrated by the mahout) mahout) and their hook for sting elephants and what about the so-called show... see elephants being forced to paint, play football... This is simply dismal is in bad taste. When the elephants do not work they are chained with a string of barely 1 m to a pole and even concrete without water or food. And icing on the cake, the Park grows even the vice to sell you the 'pictures' painted by elephants for the modest sum of €25 so that mini mahout "hook" to remember... we swim delirious here... If you do not want to condone this animal abuse to sky open, as we, stay away on the bus. If you want to visit a place which respect really the elephants, I recommend the excellent Elephant Nature Park, truly extraordinary for those interested in torture that these animals are to be submitted, this technique is called the Phajaan brief a very cruel day that we came out with tears in the eyes and the ball in the stomach for these poor animals.
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  • Thus we find in this park as part of the pack hired from Spain at the tour through the North of Thailand. We already knew that it was not a refuge for elephants and the controversy over the treatment of the same. Informing us the best that we could and talking with the Guide to clarify a few points, I have come to this conclusion, which is my personal. In Thailand just is no room for elephants in the wild and they have been left without work (they and their human Guide) disappearing forests, especially teak, which used them. Critical situations due to the abandonment of these animals were raised at some point to be able to not feed them (consume about 150 Kg of food per day). There is no possibility to create sanctuaries for the entire population of elefantil, which would be a very Western solution. As one of the less bad solutions is to use them as a tourist attraction, that tourists in Thailand are not missing. On the other hand, do not we saw elephants abused or injured, or anything. Do they have them tied by the leg, as an animal of 3,000 kg loose is no joke. And Yes, the guide takes a skewer to manage the elephant, but I have not seen to do him injury. I guess that the skull and the skin of the animal are fairly resistant. The elephant ride is not me be particularly strenuous. In the Canary Islands got a camel in identical circumstances. Yes that found me the show a little demeaning, but is part of the circus. In other words, that did not seem that the lives of these elephants was harder than when they were trunks in the jungle. And they have over retirement at 60. On the other hand, each elephant is the livelihood of a family. Of the ride in carts pulled by oxen, because than the same. And the flea market the giraffe women that have been installed in the heat of the tourists, as equal. Although this tribe settled 150 km from here on the border of Burma, fleeing wars, have found in this park a way to earn a living with the tourist exploiting it from the rings. Indeed, apart from rather older ladies, if carrying many necklaces, the youngest along very few and I suspect that it is part of the very. In short, each has every right to voice their opinion about this place.
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  • The elephant ride, elephant football match and the elephants, they sure can paint better than me. The master pieces/paintings the friend bought one for RM200.00 whereas other elephants souvenirs you can purchase from the shops outside. Another interesting thing at this park is feeding the elephants and if you are generous, you keep buying the food, keep feeding and the elephants won't stop eating. In fact, along the elephant ride route, you will have more chance to buy sugar canes and bananas and feed the elephants over and over till the ride is over.
  • There's many activities at this amazing park. The park opens since 8-16. There's elephant show every hour, you could take pictures with the elephant at the end of the show while they use their trunks to put a hat on you. There's also a buffet. Elephant riding, ox riding, wall climbing, zip line, planting rice etc.. Best place for tourist and do not miss it!
  • It seems like a nice place, but unsure of the treatment of the animals... the elephant rides were beautiful, and the bamboo rafts were fun, the ox cart rides weren't that great
  • Packages were expensive, everything was about money. We felt like they hit the elephants with sharp weapons when people don't buy sugarcane for the elephants
  • Circus elephant show, an anthropo-morphisation to enjoy human.

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