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Maetang Elephant Park, Chiang Mai

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
2.9/5 based on 480+ 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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  • The Park offers the feeding, the ride of elephants, also an interesting show with elephants. There is also information on the agriculture, especially rice, and water buffalo, which you can also ride or come close with a carriage ride. Finally can be taken part still on a bamboo raft trip on a small river. The Park is located in the mountains of Chiang Mai in an interesting jungle landscape.
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  • We have unfortunately come to the camp with misconceptions, because we thought there closer to come the elephants in natural surroundings. Unfortunately, it is there absolute mass tourism with hordes of Chinese who are thrilled to see how elephants are forced to draw pictures and play football. The ride on the elephant takes place in banks that are strapped to the backs of the animals. The animals seem to be mistreated although not obvious and may roam too freely, it's generally not completely positive impression. The ride on the ox was very bad, whereas the raft trip was really nice and peaceful. The worst was the village with the hill tribes where ua long neck women like Zoo animals. I would recommend the camp of but not in good conscience. You get no individual experience but is fed only from station to station. Also, the handling of the animals and humans should be better.
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  • My husband daughter and I were brought here by friends. I was a little upset because I thought we were going to a sanctuary. I though I'd give it a shot and I completely regret it. We went to the elep...  read more »
  • 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.
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