The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao, Mae Taeng
(3.8/5 based on 130+ 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.
Create a full Mae Taeng itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Mae Taeng

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Mae Taeng by other users

21 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA January, culture, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 44 days in Chiang Mai Province BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Chiang Mai Province BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Chiang Mai Province BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Chiang Mai Province BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, teens, kids, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Chiang Mai Province & Chiang Rai Province BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 42 days in Thailand & Malaysia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Mae Taeng BY A USER FROM THAILAND October, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM INDIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • superb ride on an elephant for 1/2 hour (more than enough for my taste). Small 1/2 hour show very funny (the kids loved). We ended up a photo session with the pachyderms and some popcorn for the reward!
    View original
  • The ride on the elephant was great, but the show with the final was stunning. Get some banana and give it to the elephant and you will get a hug and kiss. Fotos are still on my camera... 
  • An elephant camp full of charm by the River in the jungle. A small corner of peaceful paradise where it feels good. We could attend the elephant bath, give them a few bunches of bananas and attend their demonstration. Elephants are treated well.
    View original
Google
  • 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!
    View original