The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao, Mae Taeng

(3.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • Super quiet ride on an elephant for an hour, to the edge and into the River then. Then in the same place, parties are, on a bamboo raft, the descent of the river for more than an hour. Absolutely beautiful! I should add that elephants are treated well and that the ride takes place at the leisurely pace of the elephant. (Have not participated in the little show of elephants).
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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Éléphant center with respect of the animal. Entry fee very low. Possibility to feed and ride the éléphants.
  • Authentic, beautiful, unique!
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