The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao, Mae Taeng
(3.8/5 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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  • Very good guide. Lot's of interesting information about region, ancient and current history. Hike is challenging as conditions are humid. 
  • Do you like elephants? and you want to see them because you love them? then why you go somewhere or it ridiculed and or you mistreat them? beast of circus bike, hit market on two foot Paint ball all accompanied by their ruthless trainers ready their do feel pain if he fail a accomplish their actions... Thinking about this time the audience smiling, applauding this masquerade... Bunch of ignorant staff completely nasty and rotten... claiming a tip every 5 minutes and I kid you not (Tips Tips please) not Hello Council no NO On can feel even on their faces cruelty and wickedness... We feel also that people are coming out of the and they're bad for the elephants who are born and live their days with this kind of people... End of day the elephant's walk under his roof attachment has a 1 m long string... you wonder even if he can move to to sit... Sad life of elephant, servant of man for all the people who allow themselves to comment on this place was the exelence, open your eyes please... and stop believing that it is normal that the PHAJAAN'm always out of our world of today... for the uneducated: Definition of the PHAJAAN: Elephant torture, the tradition of the Phajaan will break the spirit of the animal to get a total submission and make him understand the superiority of human birth... Think before you go please thanks...
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  • It is wonderful to be back. 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 sin...  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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