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Maesa Elephant Camp

#3 of 42 things to do in Mae Rim Features Animals
119/9 Tapae Rd. | Mae Sa Subdistrict, Mae Rim 50100, Thailand
+66 53 206 247
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119/9 Tapae Rd. | Mae Sa Subdistrict, Mae Rim 50100, Thailand
+66 53 206 247
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I do not recommend going here. the caretakers are too cruel with their elephants. These majestic animals are beaten into behaving correctly. The energy all around is sooooo tense. Please, spend your money elsewhere.

Thank dosumeal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was taken by a taxi driver by mistake to this awful place. It's like a factory !!!! the poor animals are so frightened of the handlers. One put a foot out of line the handler shouted at it it jumped back in place it...More

1  Thank colinml320
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

My partner, a friend and I visited Maesa whilst staying in Chiang Mai, after 4 weeks of touring Sth East Asia I can honestly say this was the highlight of my trip, an amazing experience that I will never forget, loved getting up close with...More

1  Thank bretttd23
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

Around 37 mins from town. We took a taxi bus there at an original price of 300 THB, approx $11.65 (we ended up hiring him for the rest of the day). The animals all appear well cared for and well behaved and they really are...More

Thank Grunta1961
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We spent a couple of hours at the Elephant Camp and really enjoyed the camp. We had our first ever ride on an elephant and even elephant kisses when we fed them! We also watched them have their bath which they loved. We stayed for...More

Thank AdelaideJulie
Reviewed 7 May 2017

I enjoyed this elephant camp -- the elephants painting was interesting! This is a good way to save working elephants who can no longer work in the timber industry. I have no problem with riding the elephants or the way they are treated here: they...More

Thank Kahaluu_Bob
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

I was taken here by a friend. I thought we were going to the sanctuary and we ended up at this camp. They use hooks, chains, and allow riding. This is not acceptable treatment of elephants and this camp should be avoided at all costs.

1  Thank Gregg M
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The condition of Elephants was ok, not bad, and they have a lot of activities to do. Elephant Riding, Bamboo Rafting, Elephant Show. The bad point that their is a lot of Chineses Tourist who are not very polite with other tourists. It's the bad...More

Thank ChailitGobert
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

We went with mixed feelings since we'd read reviews complaining about animal welfare issues. I must say that the elephants seemed to be very relaxed. The show was very good. We didn't do the elephant riding though. Instead we visited the nursing station, which actually...More

Thank PerCinque
Reviewed 26 April 2017

really enjoyed the elephant show and food here. The elephants are so intelligent, they can dance, they can follow commands well and they can paint! they painted themselves and trees. The paintings are so pretty that it is hard to resist and so i bought...More

Thank wonghuihua
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Why are you using the hooks on your elephants? Have you elephants been through phajann? It is not natural to ride elephants or for them to paint. I came here and saw the hooks you were using. Elephant nature park in Chiangmai educated us what elephants have to go through for this tourism.
17 January 2017|
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Response from jessica34450 | Reviewed this property |
This is why they use the hook! It is for tourism! It's a money making. The Ugly The Crush: 'Crushing' Of An Elephants Spirit The Tradition The Phajaan process originated in hill tribe communities in India and South East... More
We are visiting in two weeks, we dont want to ride the elephants, but we would like to do the ox and cart riding and bamboo rafting- is this possible? and does anyone know how much it is?
12 May 2016|
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Response from fcl2929 | Reviewed this property |
Maesa Elephant Camp focus on Elephant as fara as we know. You might have to refer to other areas within Maesa for bamboo rafting and Ox Ride...refer to trip asvisor or local contact ...
I am traveling to Thailand on a tour and we will be visiting this elephant camp as one of the add on tours. They will not allow us to book the "ELEPHANT RIDE" until we get to Thailand. Did you do the same thing? I'm afraid if we wait to long, it might be sold out
20 August 2015|
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Response from 873Beebop | Reviewed this property |
We booked through our tour operator in the UK. Big mistake!! We specifically asked for a sanctuary...instead we got this hell hole. Please do not go here. By going You are supporting the cruel treatment of these beautiful... More