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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  • October 2, 2017
    I assume many people will tell you that if you go to Thailand, then one of the things you must do is to go to an elephant show, go to an elephant ride etc.. Well, at least this is what I was told, so ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Gorgeous creatures , centre very run down & untidy . Needs a lot of cleaning up & more information on elephants  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    See elephants bathing and a show Afternoon at 13:30 of people do not ... New experiences are rarely seen by the General. Shady places with
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  • July 30, 2017
    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.
  • September 7, 2017
    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.
  • August 30, 2017
    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.
  • July 20, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    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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