Maetang Elephant Park, Chiang Mai

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#6 of 34 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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  • So after going to this park as a group of exchange students, I was absolutely horrified when I saw how the elephants were treated. Forced to take pictures with tourists (the riders held sharp hooks in...  more »
  • Don't go. It was nothing but the exploitation of elephants, they looked so broken spirit. They belong in a sanctuary or free, this is nothing but a terrible sideshow. Spend your money wisely and do mo...  more »
  • On our recent trip to Thailand we visited the Maetaman Elephant Camp, an hour or so from Chang Mai in the north. While there is contraversy regarding the Elephant ride, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit...  more »
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  • Many negative reviews based purely on the notion of "animal cruelty" which I honestly was not naive about, but sort of stuck with given I was on a tour group... I think we should neutral in the arena of cultural sensitivity. The relationship that the native people have with animals is something westerners may not understand, such as the the symbolic nature of the elephants to Thai people. Won't deny the potential of animal cruelty at this venue but I also don't doubt the love that they have for the animals off stage, despite what we observe on stage. The elephant ride is a popular choice for tourists. A magnificent feat was the ability of the elephants to paint portraits of trees and flowers.
  • We were in line to ride, but left at the last minute. Got a full refund. Elephants were begging for food (which very few people had purchased) and all trainers carried hooks. This is purely anecdotal but it didn't look like a humane place for the animals. We took our bananas and sugarcane & went to a nearby sanctuary that was fabulous. Also the long neck tribe is a tiny shopping centre with no (that we saw) actual authentic longnecks. Was not worth the entrance fee.
  • There are two different activities you can do: elephant trekking and bamboo raft ride or feeding, bathing, and riding elephants. The second one is double the price (2000 baht approx $60) but so worth it! You really get to know the elephants and it was so fun to bathe them in the creek as the elephant trekkers floated along on their bamboo rafts by us.
  • Beautiful place, not just elephant sanctuary but can have a trip on raft down the river, visit Karen tribe (long necked people).
  • Fun place, amazing elephants, they can painting-playing football-basketball-juggling-make a greeting-parade formation-dancing...WOW, how awesome! There are also have Cow Rickshaw, we can go around with this ancient transportation. And also there are a rafting with bamboo rafting at the end of trip. Some of the worker or Elephant driver are came from Burma/Myanmar, but they are well-trained in Thailand language. And there are a totally Halal food at the Buffet Restaurant and Mushalla/Small Mosque, yeah!!!
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