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. Plan your visit to Maesa Elephant Camp and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mae Rim trip planner .
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  • We went to this place as there was no requirement to ride the elephants which we didn’t want to do We found the elephants to be treated well and they appeared to enjoy their activities and weren’t har...  more »
  • I saw animal abuse... I regret having gone! Although the visit had been included in the tour carried out, if I know what I was going to witness had not gone, have clear! In the back of the elephant walk, caregiver beat him brutal taps on the forehead with a pole carrying a metal hook at the tip. Of a truth that was very unpleasant. A ride in ox-carts and a rafting of bamboo by the River, which is quite painful is also. Do not throw your money in this activity!
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  • Shocked me again, saw what I have when driving over 2 years ago. A bull elephant chained and totally unchallenged, shaking constantly with his head back and forth, he does not move what can else there before ever a foot front and rear is chained. The elephants are chained at night not to go traveling, standard, is in Asia but the whole day being chained, if nobody wants to ride. This was chained over all days E.g. 2 years ago always in the same position. Let's imagine, that we make our life in chained to our bed and maximum stretching and stretches us can. Who gives us the right to deal with this refined, sensitive, very intelligent animals (even the heraldic animal of Thailand), just because we want to have our fun. Give your money as a donation of the lady who has built up a collection station for neglected and oppressed elephants against some resistors in the North. I pay no admission more for Tiger -, snakes and other demonstrations.
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  • The animals seemed loved and well cared for. They demonstrated all their beautiful abilities. We will never forget our wonderful day there.
  • I have done a lot of research on elephant farms. This count as the worst one as it permit riding and entertainment to tourist. Elephants are animals that will never learn how to provide entertaint without physical tourture. Why tourists in 2018 still demanding animals to entertain them!!! If tourist stop visiting this farm they will learn to adapt and be more humane.
  • The show is very interesting... well done. Have you ever seen an elephant painting a tree? Renversant.
  • Lovely day out. While the prices could seem high, it's obvious these people genuinely love the animals and we gladly donated more than needed. Being Thai myself, but from the western world, I was fortunate enough to understand a lot more about how the animals were treated and how the staff looked after them. Only regret is we wish we bought the elephant paintings! Very impressive.
  • I hope that the elephants here are treated ethically. From a tourist's perspective, I would say that the pricing of souvenirs and attractions are reasonable.

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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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