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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  • I can be really sorry to read other critic from people who haven't put themselves completely into the things about how animals are treated. This place takes only certain number of customers into the animals going around a turn and with customers. There are NO elephants in chains. The only elephant, I saw with a chain on, was the great hanelefant and it is perfectly normal, so there is a track of him. I saw not a single time elephant driver use the, admittedly, something pointy rear control stick. That being said, so does the trip to "the village" something established, but it was nevertheless a good trip, where we saw a great many, super beautiful butterflies and other lovely animals in the jungle. We also sailed down the River on a bamboo fleet. It was also a nice relaxing trip, where we saw local fishermen and kids catch fish with nets and bare hands.
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  • I went there for my total marie in kiff on elephants and they are beautiful and kind and amazing... I tried to educate myself on a place where it doesn't work not too and where they are treated well... it leaves nice but with still a lot of questions of conscience on the real conditions of life of the animal...
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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 »
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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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