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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  • Tour operator: Climates of the world with Tropical travel on-site. I tried to asked if we could visit a sanctuary rather than these plants of nightmare, a lost cause, climates of the world was told that since all the tourists wanted to do, they planned it (sic). An elephant cannot carry on his back more 150kilos, and not more than 3 hours per day. Here, they walk 3 tourists over the mahouts all day. And to relax, we make them play soccer and paint flowers. The rest of the time they are chained in stalls in DISMAL concrete
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  • Caveat: no professional'm elephant attitude, but that must not be here also one, I think. We are to the camp because it was part of a tour of northern Thailand. I have only visited the camp and am I not ridden on elephants, or something else. I have inserted the 1000 baht, which have issued others for riding in bananas and sugar cane and missed some animals a small snack. In the camp up to 150 tourists are handled at the same time, (more possible of course) that runs as on the Assembly line! There were at least 40 elephants at the camp for the next coaches ready to roll. 20 more elephants were certainly on the way. The sheer number of animals suggests that there's something not quite wrong. The elephant show is relatively dead. Among other things, elephants paint pictures and reap rewards of money en masse hyper-enthusiastic Chinese with the trunk. The animals long is available with forced art back for photos, lift tourists with the trunk in the air, is kneeling on the floor to place on the leg to take, etc. This was all way too much. I really resent that that was part of my tour booked in Germany on the couch. Certainly, there are smaller camps with fewer animals and reasonable space to get closer the wonderful animals. Felt like I was in a "RollerCoasterTycoonWild" game, where on every corner, really is trying to get your money. I will in future better beware, that's all part of my tour...
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  • Interested in elephants? you dream of a ride on their backs and have a beautiful photo memory? well this camp is for you! Now if you like elephants... you can not condone this camps of labor for these poor animals... The guide before you arrive tried to reassure us: Yes before the elephants were badly treated... more now... before the circuits with the tourists on the back lasted 1 hour now is more than 30 minutes... so that the elephant rests his back (which is not made to carry heavy loads)... you're talking about! Yes indeed the length was divided by 2... not to rest the pachyderm, but to spend 2 times more tourists in time! We were already very chilled before the tour on these poor animals... we have therefore boycotted the attraction... we have expected that the other tourists end the go on the merry-go-round... when the horror came: what follows is true: expected in looking at the river... behind us a lot... Suddenly a terrible if we ice the blood... turn: an elephant carrying 2 tourists and its Kornak is charging right in front of him completely panicked... tourists are struggling to stay in the nacelle... the kornak is unclear How stop the animal... Finally he uses a kind of axe in metal (like the ones you plant in the ice in the mountains...) and the plant suddenly dry (I still hear that noise) in the front of the animal... that stops net... This is the reality of these horror camps... Ride without know ok... But do it knowing the truth is selfishness... and this is to condone the torture of these animals so smart... Very sad!
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