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Maesa Elephant Camp, Mae Rim

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web
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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  • Never visit an elephant camp where elephants are used for entertainment of tourists! These elephants are beaten, abused, get no food and drink, be locked up and all this to get them to do tricks for tourists! So support this! No elephant does this kind of business out of free will, this is a horrible miserable way to advance, their soul is broken to tame and to do these tricks! so keep especially away from all entertainment in which elephants play a role!! visit better a center where they absorb this battered elephants!
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  • What an eye opener to see elephants paint! First time witnessing a baby elephant milking the mummy elephant. Learnt a lot about elephants- their anatomy, characters, diseases, routines, etc from the i...  read more »
  • Jump on an elephant is always a must for any travelers bound for Thailand. But who thought before boarding. We hopped on Billy, elephant very obedient. Suk is his master, also very good. But I see that every now and then he pounded with an anchor on the mantle of the poor. In our journey with Billy, I saw that it was only he who obeys his master. I did it to see that these giants are mistreated. However our Maesa Elephant Camp is nice.
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  • An elephant that can paint is not a show for this animal went through a lot of abuse and mistreatment to learn such skill. These magnificent creatures should be roaming free in their natural habitat and not stuck in a camp. I'd rather see elephants in the wild. This camp may show that their treating the animals when tourist are around but we don't know what happens behind the scenes. I bet you, if these animals can talk, they surely would be asking to be free. Very cruel. I would not visit this place.
  • Please please stay away from places like this. Don't take my word for it - a quck google search will bring up dozens of informative links. The animals are kept in chains and hauled back and forth from circus act to circus act. "Painting" has little to do with intelligence - they are forced to repeat motions over and over or risk being smacked with one of the spiked sticks the "friendly" mahouts carry. Elephants do not WANT to give you or your kids rides through the forest. They are being forced to do so by an organization that's making a hefty profit off of them.
  • nice place to see trained elephants. mixed feelings about the place because elephants are clearly not in their native habitat. they appear to be treated well for the most part and trainers are attentive. just sad i guess to see animals under such strict controls. kids of course really enjoyed being up close and personal with them.
  • The camp is in a spectacular environment but the animal acts are inhumane and beyond pathetic. I would rather watch the elephants roaming in their natural environment. You dont need to support animal abuse to stay in a natural environment.
  • Really worth a visit! Elephants seem to be treated quite OK - though not as OK as in "Elephant Conservation Centre". It is a everlasting experience to be so near and in touch with these already endangered giants.
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