Maetaman Elephant Camp, Mae Rim

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Get to know the gentle, intelligent creatures at Maetaman Elephant Camp. This camp lets visitors interact with the elephants while also enjoying a variety of activities. Watch the elephants paint pictures, and once the paint is dry, you can purchase some of the artwork as a souvenir. Learn how paper is made from the fibers in elephant dung, and chat with the caretakers about the animals. Also enjoy ox cart rides and bamboo rafting on site. Put Maetaman Elephant Camp on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mae Rim road trip planning tool .
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  • Always wanted to go on an elephant ride but was unsure if it was a safe thing to do. I was originally thinking more about me than the elephant. I was told that the Thai people respect the elephants. S...  more »
  • We went to this camp as part of a circuit. We already don't want to ride on elephants because they carry considerable loads (pairs of very strong tourists + basket steel, total 450 kgs). After a few minutes, we heard of elephants screamed in pain. We approached, the mahouts type with a kind of axe with in more a peak steel (photo attached) on the elephants head. We heard the noise on skulls them. C ' was a horror, only a desire, to do a similar fate to the mahouts. Honestly, we saw that 3 mahouts with bamboo and not these spikes in steel. A mahout struck his elephant who refused to go to bed in the water, we are left shocked and refused to see the show in which, they do paint elephants, hit a ball... impossible to condone...
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  • We had the opportunity to visit this camp of elephants as part of a tour "Empire of Siam". First of all when we arrive in the camp, the first thing we see is a parade of elephants with tourists on the back as well as a mahout ("trainer") at the level of the neck of the animal. If the elephant is going too fast for the taste of the "trainer", this one is not shy to hit him with a sharp metal object (on this weapon, one can also notice a peak about 3 cm). Deciding not to make the proposed ride, we walked in the camp where we could see several chained elephants (barely 1 m chain 50) to different posts, not allowing them access to herbs lying on the ground in order to feed themselves. And worse still when a mahout has repeatedly used the sharp at his disposal against the skull of the animal under the pretext that it wanted not to take his bath. Under the unbearable noises of cries of pain and tears of the elephant, we decided to leave the camp on the field without even attending the show offered for tourists. If we had known in advance that he was a visit to a camp where violence and animal torture prevailed, we would not have gone and instead, we would have gone in a sanctuary for elephants where animals are treated with respect. This camp is a shame!
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