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Maetang Elephant Park, Chiang Mai
(2.9/5 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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  • If you want to see live elephants, this is an OK place to go. Designed for tourists to ride on an elephant, feed them bananas and see elephants do tricks. The elephants appear to be capable of paintin...  more »
  • I have always been opposed to this type of things I don't like distort the animals doing circus vaudeville routine. The animals are well treated and are in good health but I would prefer to give the possibility to get closer to them naturally.
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  • I had an introduction through my travel guide about what we were going to experience at the park. I was concerned about what I might find. It was explained to me, that most of these elephants have bee...  more »
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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.