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Maetang Elephant Park, Chiang Mai

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#2 of 35 in Wildlife Areas in Chiang Mai
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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. Use our Chiang Mai holiday planner to visit Maetang Elephant Park on your trip to Chiang Mai, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Have you ever wanted to ride an elephant? Here's your chance. It may seem scary, but they're well trained. An adventure you'll never forget.  more »
  • A perfect day trip to play with elephants and raft down the river on bamboo raft. You can choose to going on an elephant ride for an hour or simply feed the elephants and take pictures with option of ...  more »
  • I was a little sceptical from the get go, elephant abuse etc. Put all my doubts aside, it was a really good day out. Maetang elephant park is about 65km north of Chiangmai so not stuck in a van all da...  more »
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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.