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Maesa Elephant Camp, Mae Rim
(3.7/5 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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  • After doing a lot of online research I opted to visit Maesa Elephant Camp with my 4.5 year old daughter vice the many other elephant experiences on offer in Chiang Mai. I had initially booked us on a ...  more »
  • Set in the most lush surroundings, you find after you wind your way up to the showground (wheelchair access is there). You are witness to a humorist and entertaining display of elephant trick, these a...  more »
  • I was quite unsure about going here. It was part of a big tour. The elephants seem well cared for. But this is geared to tourists, as in gimmicky, they do little tricks which makes me wonder why and h...  more »
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  • Please do not visit this camp. This place is a prison for elephants. While they it may look tranquil and peaceful, the ugly truth is that these elephants will have been stolen from their wild families, often having to watch their own mother being killed in the process, where they then undergo a grueling process known as 'breaking the spirit.' The elephant calf will be beaten, starved, stabbed, kicked, deprived of sleep and water for 24 hours, 7 days a week. This makes them so terrifed, they submit to anything their keeper demand them to do, including painting, giving rides to tourists and performing acrobatics. Please, if you really do love elephants and have a heart, do not visit these camps.
  • 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.
  • I chose to ride an elephant bare-back. The ride was a decent amount of time, and I was able to ask as many questions as I wanted to the guide. The living conditions seemed fair from what I saw, though I chose not watch the show.
  • 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.