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Address: Mae Sa, Mae Rim, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 5320 6247
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Lovely Elephants

Being a big fan of riding elephants after trying it during one of those one-day combination "hiking, rafting, elephant ride, village visits", we decided to go to see an elephant... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Mae sa elephant camp offers little ones plenty to do elephant ride, elephant cuddling, feeding and watching them bath. It was an experience spending time with the elephants. The show was interesting too. Lots of hardwork and efforts put in by the elephant trainers. It was a worthwhile visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Like so many other travelers, I had my doubts about an 'elephant camp' but once we arrived at Maesa those doubts vanished. Every elephant has its own mahout and they are a team; they spend every day together and live on site. Maesa is very reasonably priced, immaculately clean, and all the elephants appear to be very well cared for.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Being a big fan of riding elephants after trying it during one of those one-day combination "hiking, rafting, elephant ride, village visits", we decided to go to see an elephant show. I'm normally quite skeptical about how animals are treated at these areas, but we wanted to take a look. My initial impression was that the surroundings and the entire... More 

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Stockton on Tees
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Like other reviewers I had my doubts but had a thoroughly enjoyable time here as did my Wife. You first get to meet the animals with their mahoots, many who have cared for them for many years and clearly there is a bond of trust. Tourists are encouraged to feed them bananas or sugar cane (40 Bt for a decent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Very busy with people having there photos taking with the animals. The best part was watching the elephants in the river having their daily bath. It looked more natural. There is also a show with the elephants taking part in human type activities( football and painting)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This elephant camp turned out to be a highlight for everyone in our group. There is no doubt in my mind that the elephants are well cared for and, the training they have received has made them absolute stars. We were kissed by the babies, watched them bathe and then, up in the arena saw them put on a show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Training any animal is always controversial but we really enjoyed our visit to Maesa Elephant Camp and felt that the elephants are better off as a result of this family friendly park. Hand feeding the elephants, being held by their trunks, watching them bathe with their babies was to us a deeply moving experience. Watching the elephants paint was incredible... More 

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

There is always the animal debate. However, the elephants here seem very well looked after and some of them have babies, so they must quite enjoy being here. The 'show' is the elephants kicking a ball around for a bit, then some of them paint a picture - very good they are too, but a bit expensive to buy. Then... More 

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Cochrane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

When it comes to animals, there can always be debate over their treatment and the environment they are kept in. It is my understanding that the elephant camps were created to care for the elephants after they were no longer needed for the Teak wood logging industry. There was a stop put to the logging and the elephants and owners... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I wouldn't have chosen to go to this type of tourist elephant "show" typically, however, a Thai friend took us as I'm sure he thought this was what we would want to see being tourists...I would have preferred to go to the elephant sanctuary. At first, I was enjoying watching the elephants do their thing and thinking this was perhaps... More 

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