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Thai Elephant Home, Mae Taeng

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Spend a day in the company of elephants at Thai Elephant Home. Don traditional northern Thai clothing, pay your respects to Ganesha--the elephant god--then ride an elephant along scenic jungle trails in the Mae Taeng Mountains. Along the way you will enjoy lunch, traditionally wrapped in a banana leaf to carry, take a dip (with your elephant) in the Black Mud Spa, then ride the elephant to the river to bathe it. Back at the elephant home you can also feed, bathe, and play with baby elephants. If one day isn't enough with these majestic animals, you can choose from a number of extended-stay and volunteer programs for a more comprehensive experience. Make Thai Elephant Home a part of your Mae Taeng vacation plans using our Mae Taeng travel itinerary maker.
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  • Amazing experience, the place, the elephants, the people who take care of the elephants, the guides, the structure of the place. All brilliant! It was a perfect day.
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  • I wanted to spend a few hours with elephants. I didn't want to be shipped on a gimbal having read that this was harmful to the animal. I was looking for a place where the elephant was respected, and where I could mount it without harm to without health. Thai Elephant home, I was welcomed by Mr. T, an American living in Thailand and speaking perfectly the french. I had taken the precaution of putting a swimsuit. They gave me a blue garment special "mahout" as well as a cotton bag. Taught me 3 words: advance, turn and stop. I hoped secretly do not have to use it. I could feed an elephant with pieces of sugar cane. Then, I went up on the neck of the beast. It's high. It's a little scary at first, but Mr. T has reassured me and advised. The elephant walk peacefully. It is wonderful to see the nature that surrounds us from this height. We went down to the river. After that the elephant had been drinking, I was able to wash... and get me shot. It's extraordinary: be alongside an animal of this size and weight and feel safe, feel that he also has fun. I was able to ask a lot of questions to Mr. T, who accompanied us on foot. It is not everyday that we have the opportunity to have a passion for elephants to answer the questions asked on the pachyderms.
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  • This was my second time riding elephants, and I would recommend spending the extra $$ to do this and have the 1:1 time. Didn't know we were suppose to bring money to buy extra sugar cane to give the e...  more »
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  • Really nice place. Got to have alot of fun with the elephants. Highly recommend the full day trip.
  • One of the best things I have ever done.
  • My wife and I chose to go with an excursion through Thai Elephant Home and couldn't be happier with our experience. We did the full day "Trail of the dinosaur with elephant riding" and it was a great way to get the full experience. Our tour guide named "yo" spoke excellent english, and had a great sense of humor which is important since you have a 1.5 hour car ride each way to and from the elephant reserve. We first went to their nursery where you get to become acquainted with the mommas and their babies and play with them in the fields. Then we trekked through the jungle with Yo for about 5 hours (with plenty of stops) on a well-groomed yet off the beaten path trail that Yo and his boss Joe made themselves. The trek allows you to really experience the atmosphere, landscape, flora and fauna that Chiang Mai has on tap along with some great vistas along the way. After passing the "elephant spa" where the Thai Elephant Home has their own mud-bath for their elephants, you turn a corner and arrive in the part of town where all the elephant tours are located. To be completely honest, walking through the town and seeing how so many of the elephants were treated was gut-wrenching and more than a little sad. For a moment it made me reconsider if we had made the right choice contributing to this industry at all. After hiking through the town and up into the mountainside you find the Thai Elephant Home and we knew we had made the right choice. They had extensive staff, huge grounds, plenty of food, shelter, and space for the elephants to roam. You got the vibe right away that this operation was different in a good way. They then gave us a change of clothes for the elephant ride and we spent about 20 minutes getting familiar with all the elephants we would ride that day. After teaching us the commands and pairing us up, we hopped on top of their neck bareback (the only way you are humanely supposed to ride an elephant) and rode them through town into the river area for a bath. Bath-time was a ton of fun and you could see how happy these gentle giants were are play. After the river time we hopped back on and rode them back to the home where we showered and had tea and fresh fruit with the staff while they burned us each a CD with all the photos they take of you (for free). TLDR: If you want an authentic and humane experience that allows you to meet, understand, and ride these gentle giants the Thai Elephant Home is the best place to do so
  • Safety isn't really a concern of theirs, so when a young elephant laid on top of me and broke my ribs they didn't seem to care of bat an eye at that.
  • 非常特別棒的大象行程,有別於一般大象行程,他們都是一個人坐一隻大象,不像其他業者很多是兩個人甚至三個人乘坐一隻,且似乎沒有跟當地旅遊仲介配合,問了很多旅遊仲介都要現場打過去問價格,價格不便宜,但品質絕對優,會去酒店接你來回,有非常完整的行前介紹,每人會發一套他們的衣服讓你更換,還有非常乾淨舒適淋浴間,沐浴露洗髮精都備妥在內,每人會發一個小背包跟一到兩瓶水,這躺行程只要準備一套自己衣服即可,林中氣溫舒適,即使是冬天也可短袖短褲,每個人有一個大象及隨行教練,大約至少3.5小時都在大象身上,還會在河邊跟大象玩水,令人難忘的回憶,這邊的嚮導都樂在他們的工作,總之,如果預算充足,來就對了!