The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao, Mae Taeng

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Acquaint yourself with Asian elephants at The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao. Enjoy a ride through the lush green jungle setting on the back of one of these giants, and watch them play and paint pictures (available for purchase later). Each elephant has its own personal caretaker and they are trained in the morning only, which leaves them free to roam the forest and relax the rest of the day. You can feed them bananas and watch them bathe and frolic in the water. The elephant ride will take you uphill, where you can catch a river raft or ox cart ride back down later on. To visit The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao on your trip to Mae Taeng, use our Mae Taeng itinerary planner.
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  • The sanctuary locate in Chiang Dao district, take times approximately 1 hour by car. To reach there you can take either plublic bus(Chiang Mai-Fang-Thaton) or Songtaew. The ambience is very quiet and ...  more »
  • This is not an attraction which treats its elephants well. They are chained up and ridden over treacherous terrain with weights on their backs which are too heavy! The center is generally run down and...  more »
  • We had a great time. Never did anything like this before. It is not a walk around a circle on an elephant. You go into the jungle, up and down hills in the jungle and into a river. There was even an e...  more »
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  • Very Nice Place to be. The camp is right beside Ping river. I took the elephant ride in the forest and into the river. It was really amazing experience. Be sure to bring your dry bag with you since it can get wet. For the elephants lover like myself, there's no place more fascinating than the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center.
  • Had a very long elephant walk through the jungle of chiang dao. Lasted an hour. Our elephants name was Sonram. He was so chill and playful. The mahout was nice to Sonram and you could tell they had been companions for 20 years. They joined when Sonram was 10 years old. The ride was a basket ride on Sonrams shoulders while the mahout rode on Sonrams head. I am 220lbs and girlfriend is about 115 mahout was about 150lbs, a lot of weight but didn't seem to slow down Sonram. He maintained his cheerful attitude playing and breaking tree branches and picking his favorite bamboo shoots to eat. Don't listen to the dumb hippies reviewing on here about being torturous toward animals. This place was great and quiet. After the elephant ride, went on a nice bamboo raft ride. Very pretty. Highly recommend.
  • the abuse here is horrifying. you will hate yourself once you see how the animals are mistreated during training. they jab them with sharp hooks and whip them. horrifying.
  • Wished that we had done some research before coming - certainly do not recommend. Elephants here were clearly mis-treated. Recommend that users look for rehabilitation centers instead if they would like to experience a day with happy and recovering elephants rather than these that have been abused for tourists viewing pleasure.
  • I was there in december with my girfriend. Seeing animals mis-treated like that made me nearly puke. People clapping and screaming at elephants while they kick a soccer ball or paint is disgusting. Still consider our stupid race as the worst race on the earth. Just because it is Thailand this mis-treatment is legal (see also tiger camp, where tigers are drugged to let tourists take salfies with them). Please do not go. Pay more for a real reservation camp, not a circus.