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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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  • You can't miss this! What an incredible day feeding your elephant sugarcane, riding him to the river, bathing him in the river, then heading back to main camp for lunch. After lunch we visited the ele...  more »
  • 能夠在清邁體驗大象接觸的經驗,真是了不起啊。選擇了大約2小時大象體驗之旅,是一段完美的經歷,。有機會餵食大象、騎上大象背上,並且在水裡跟大象嬉戲玩耍。公司非常專業貼心。  more »
  • We went my partner and I by chance, since the taxi driver that we attended in Chiang Mai recommended us site. There are two elephants, two are super friendly. One of them is pregnant. They treated them very well and are affectionate with them. They must end a little fed up of tourists, but when we went we were alone. I recommend to go early 8 am which is when less people there. It is best to book. The price is not fixed, since 1000 baths per person. We put 1500 each but then they gave us the option of shooting us and pass us a DVD and it cost US 600 more. I recommend 100%
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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!