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Maesa Elephant Camp

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Address: Mae Sa, Mae Rim, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 5320 6247
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I cried

Being with the baby Elephants was a joy, I felt so emotional. Feeding them. Watched as the Elephants bathed. I did have reservations about them performing as with the painting and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Being with the baby Elephants was a joy, I felt so emotional. Feeding them. Watched as the Elephants bathed. I did have reservations about them performing as with the painting and the football etc. Then I thought how else do they get the money to run this sanctuary. I am in two minds and am sure it is not perfect.... More 

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Johor bahru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We went with private tour. There were lots of tourists from China. When we were watching Elephant Show, China tourists filled up 90% of the seats and there were shortage of seats. So they stand in front of us blocking our view. Best seat is to find one without pole blocking your view, and first row right in front of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Amazing, would recommend to everyone. If you want to see elephants playing harmonicas, throwing darts, playing soccer and painting, then you have to go here! Elephant rides are available and you can have photos with the elephants too. Great for anyone.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I was impressed by the elephant show, but it was sad to see how the elephants were treated in the camp. This camp is commercialized - it is all about making the most money out the elephants (who don't care about money at all). During the show one of the elephants did not want to finish his painting. The mahout... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I have always been one to be wary of animals as tourist attractions however this elephant farm seemed beautiful and after doing some research we found it was one of the more friendly farms with trained elephants in Thailand. Their skills were amazing however we were worried about HOW the elephants had been trained behind the scenes. From what we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This is a well organized elephant camp. Recommend getting there as early as possible to avoid the large tourist buses that arrive with tons of photo needing groups. I rode an elephant for 30 mins. It's not long, but pretty fun. I talked a bit to the rider/driver about the elephants. Our elephants name was SUAY - beautiful. Everyone gets... More 

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Bokeo Province, Laos
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The elephants may look in good shape however i watched one elephant for about 10 minutes and i noticed he would not stop weaving from side to side this is a sign of an elephant being frustrated or lack of physical contact with another elephant this eventually leads to the elephant going crazy which in my belief if an elephant... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I was amazed when I saw some of the artwork these elephants could do. The park was well organised and the animals were well fed and taken care of. It's a pity most of the elephants are in captivity but with human encroachment and forest destruction, unfortunately this is about the only way they will survive. Fortunately they seem to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Tour guide is definitely recommended because they will know the show time of the elephants. - Don't really like the idea of sitting on the elephant because it may be painful for them. Elephant show was brilliant where the elephant drew nice pictures of trees, scenery etc. footballs and light acrobatic show of the hula hoops were presented. Beware of... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Ok, so this was a unique and nearly morally-compromising experience. On one hand, I got to see elephants throw darts, play soccer and paint. They weren't the best basketball players or dart throwers, so the elephant show itself was so-so when you get beyond the "Oh my God, did that elephant just use it's trunk like an arm?" They were... More 

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