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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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  • A recent study by the World Animal Protection showed that if an attraction or experience offers tours or shows with elephants, there are 96% chance that these animals live in cruel and inhumane conditions. Search before you go!
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  • This kind of places are so popular in Thailand, that you'll find many around. All of them claims they do good for the animals, but by looking in to their behavior, you can tell they are being exploite...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit here, the show was very good and the elephants show remarkable intelligence. Entrance fee was 250 with show with additional fee(s) for riding the elephant and other activities, we...  more »
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  • Terrific and entertaining day. Learn more about elephants and yourself at your own pace. Very kind folks and reasonable pricing for each special request. Thank you. 😊
  • Really cool place with a really great show. I had been to another elephant camp but it was no where close to as nice as this one! The elephants painted better than I could haha! The ride was fun but you gotta watch out for stray branches and roofs in case your rider isn't very careful like mine was.
  • 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!

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Stay in varied and, often, remote accommodations in the district of Mae Rim. West of Impplace village, find a cluster of options, including expensive resorts, simple hotels, and economical guesthouses. You can also look for accommodations in the area's other villages, which offer everything from boutique-style guesthouses, to back-to-basics lodgings. For a greater variety, consider the city of Chiang Mai, the main hub of the region.
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