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Maesa Elephant Camp, Mae Rim

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Pay a visit to the wonderfully stoic inhabitants of Maesa Elephant Camp, one of the largest in northern Thailand. The majestic, entertaining creatures roam freely around the camp, and you are actively encouraged to pet and pose for a photo with them. Wander the grounds yourself and watch one of the many shows that happen on a daily basis. Go for a ride on one of the elephants, or take a full "mahout" (elephant keeper) course to learn more about caring for the creatures as well as their special place within Thai society and heritage. Make Maesa Elephant Camp part of your personalized Mae Rim itinerary using our Mae Rim trip builder.
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  • I was taken by a taxi driver by mistake to this awful place. It's like a factory !!!! the poor animals are so frightened of the handlers. One put a foot out of line the handler shouted at it it jumped...  more »
  • My partner, a friend and I visited Maesa whilst staying in Chiang Mai, after 4 weeks of touring Sth East Asia I can honestly say this was the highlight of my trip, an amazing experience that I will ne...  more »
  • Around 37 mins from town. We took a taxi bus there at an original price of 300 THB, approx $11.65 (we ended up hiring him for the rest of the day). The animals all appear well cared for and well behav...  more »
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  • Great place! Though it took us time to reach the mountainous place (takes a private car to bring you there from the walled city of Chiang Mae), Maesa Elephant Camp never fails to deliver with its talented Asian elephants. As they say, elephants have great memory, and truly you'll be amazed with the artworks made by them. They can paint using their noozles. Some can kick footballs to the delight of the crowd. Just come early to catch the scheduled performances.
  • Something just felt fishy, it felt like more of a workcamp than a happy place to coexist and cultivate some sort of mutual respect. Behind the chains and sharp sticks, even their own description makes you wonder. "We treat them well because we feed them, just doesnt cut the mustard in todays world."
  • How dare they create a false sense of security when they're telling you that they care about the elephants. If you did any research on how elephants are tortured into learning how to draw or be ridden on, you will cry. Don't ever support this type of amusement. Thai people want to say that they worship a peaceful creature and have them at shrines and temples, but then they go and torture them just to make them money. Horrible!
  • Research "Elephant abuse in Thailand camps" you will be in tears! I was just there last Thursday, the elephants are gentle giants and deserve to be cared fore humainly. I was fooled by this elephant camp before I saw human beings riding on top of the elephants back, which fyi is fragile regardless of their size. Not to mention I saw trainers forcefully pulling the elephants ears (very sensitive area), and used a sharp tool to control them Several had obvious shackles connected from their ankle to the neck. The fact the baby elephants are approximately 2 years old and need to be with mother instead of hoolah hooping with its trunk and drawing pictures. This is a circus act. The elephants were captured, abused, spirits broken and kidnapped from their natural habitat to be exploited to idiots who don't even notice!!! They are loving exotic animals. There are several humaine and ethical elephant camps that allow petting, feeding, bathing and planting food for the elephants. No riding. Measa is not one of them!!!!
  • We got here just before closing hours and only meeting with baby elefant and his mom was available at this time. We took pictures with them and also with other elefants around. By walking all around this place nobody was screaming at us "do not get close" or "do not touch" or "do not take pictures" which made this visit amazing for me. From this point of view i can only recommend this place to see and meet these beautiful creatures.