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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  • I was part of a large group that went to this park. It was about a 40 minute shuttle van ride from the Empress Hotel where we were staying. We started with the elephant ride. Two people sit on a bench...  more »
  • The Ballad on an elephant is absolutely and without apprehension. The show of elephants playing soccer-ball or drawing of wonderful paintings is a must-see. One wonders just what price is obtained this result. Animals are well treated... no vision on this aspect unfortunately.
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  • Nice to see elephants up close and could give them to eat but on the other hand is also a pain to see them in chains. I enjoyed the show shamelessly to tourists where the elephants play soccer, paint and do shows of various kinds just to please a crowd of tourists in raptures. I don't think I would have gone to this place if someone had told you all this!
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  • The elephants are not chained and there was no hock as well as they used to be until a few years ago.. I didn't mind riding an elephant on it's neck...I was very amazing.. I really had a great time ... I had to take care 2 elephants... one of them was a pregnant.... Just don't hear what other say.. just do what you want and enjoy your trip... you can't get this experience anywhere but only Thailand.... so you must DO it.
  • I don't want to seem ungrateful by giving only 3 stars. I am bugged by the fact that (according to what I was explained) despite 21 deaths among the elephants in a short period of time, obviously due to human germs, it was indeed forbidden to touch a mother and her cub, but not the other elephants. Metal hooks (but I guess the elephant's hide is thick enough not to be hurt). The gentle giants are very friendly to the human beings. Natural inclination? Training? I don't know what to think.
  • It's a nice place and makes you feel good knowing the main reason for this camp is for the benefit of the elephants. Each one has a dedicated handler that lives along side the elephant and you can tell they're not mistreated. Tip...if you watch the elephant show you can buy the paintings if you go to the hut where they take the paintings when they're done.
  • Riding elephants is an experience many people dream about when planning a visit to Thailand. But please don't ride them! The behind the scenes is fairly similar as circus elephants. The babies get ripped from their mother. They get chained and tortured to become the riding animal that most people wish to do. At least do the research your self to become more aware.
  • 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. 😊

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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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