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Maetang Elephant Park, Chiang Mai
(2.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • On the way back from the maetang elephant park, I enjoy giving you my impressions hot. We have book this day following a proposal from our hotel with an attractive price for various activities on the day. We knew not to what Park we would. The bus pick us up at the hotel and it is at this time that I understand that we go to the maetang elephant park. Of course, I'm going on too advisor to see what to expect on the day... negative opinions reflect perfectly the reality! It is the factory of elephants, and certainly staff! To start a well-oiled "show" or elephants are completely controlled by their masters. They are shots of pickaxes and feet if they do not follow the instructions. Here we see could be a hundred elephants which seem to suffer and suffer completely thousands of tourists (especially Chinese) that their creep up on. So we embark on a walk a half hour on the back of an elephant or wait our turn in the same way as for a ride. I admit I hesitate long to ride on it because for me it was endorse this business! And then finally I tried the experiment until the end (because I have when even spend the money). Our elephant was relatively disciplined and is not too fact martyred! When others, if they did not follow the rank he thought he was kicking picks in the head! We could hear them scream! All along the ride we encourage you to buy food for the elephant... and if you the do not, we force you hand! Also're you a picture what we sell you 200baths. The visit of the longneck tribe could be likened to the filming of a Hollywood movie. This is just women, with children sometimes posted in front of their sale of souvenirs stand! Some weave scarves and others ask you to buy them! The only things that I liked are the meals as well as the bamboo rather peaceful rafting trip! I'm not BB but even when I do not condone the
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  • Elephant show was good and managed to buy the painting drawn by the elephant Nam Taeng during the live show. Elephant ride was exciting, Ox Cart ride was normal, and the bamboo raft ride down the rive...  more »
  • The place is friendly because in the forest. The ride on an elephant has a passage in the river. Before we see elephants do small fun numbers, paint pictures and around tree trunks. It's nice, but it isn't exactly an information on a "real" job that could make the elephants.
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  • Elephant riding. Elephant "talent" show. Karen (long-necked tribal) village. Ride an ox-driven wagon. Halal buffet. Bamboo raft ride down the river. Was really fun feeding the super cute elephants. Found a package for 1,100 baht/person [more expensive at the gate and individually priced activities]. 4-stars for mild concerns of animal cruelty. Saw nothing thing actually cruel, beyond a limping ox pulling a wagon with passengers. I just have mixed feelings about camps like these as I am sure many do. Good experience overall.
  • There were many activities that everyone can enjoy. I love how they sent the elephants to school to be trained. The pictures they drew were awesome. I enjoyed the elephants ride as well as oxcart ride.
  • Interesting experience ... But they are huge, move heavily, I feel sorry for them while looking deep in their eyes, ... But anyway they are much more happy than their fellows in VN, most of them are tail-cut. People use tail feathers to make lucky rings (?) for sale to tourists (mostly chinese). So some people steal elephant tail from others by cutting the under part of it.
  • Downright Animal abuse. Elephants were beaten with sharp hooks; exhausted and bleeding. Boycott this Inhumane place.
  • We have 30-40 elephants around, and they dance to us, nice experience.