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Maesa Elephant Camp

Address: Mae Sa, Mae Rim, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 5320 6247
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6-Day Northern Thailand Tour: Ayutthaya...
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Mae Rim
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Skip the Maesa Elephant Camp. In fact, skip the entire Mae Rim Valley. It's nothing more than a tourist trap. I made the mistake of going to the Maesa Elephant Camp last month. From the moment the elephants were paraded out I felt terrible. This was no conservation center. This was a circus. The elephants were trotted out to perform... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We went to two different elephant camps during our honey moon. This was the second one. The reason was that the first was not so good (Bali). This experience was a lot better. The camp is quite big and you can tell the people love elephants. There's a lot of criticism about these camps but we found this very professional.... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

i had been promising my son a visit for ages and now the time had come. as a rule i don't like doing animal shows etc. as i personally find them cruel. but for a 5 year old a think this was the best option. The first thing i did was watch out for the condition of these magnificent, majestic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I'm a wildlife photographer and travel writer, not an expert on elephants. On the UP side the creatures seemed well cared for and comfortable with their handlers. I have no idea though about how they are 'socialized' so cannot comment. They worked in shifts, some carrying two riders, which didn't seem to do them harm/ although I'm no expert as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

**This ended up being a long review but if you are trying to decide whether or not this adventure is for you, you may want to read all the way to the end.** There are not that many places in the world where you can actually touch an elephant let alone ride one. This adventure was a definite must do... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I always have mixed emotions when wanting to share time with animals that are not free and not in their natural environment. Elephants are such gentle and sociable creatures so I was a little apprehensive about visiting a park where they are an "attraction". I had little need to worry however since they are extremely well looked after and always... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very touristly ... the elephants are trained to do lots of tricks. They paint the amazing pictures that i never can do. The elephant ride was great for the kids.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

You cannot go to Chiang Mai without an elephant ride and as far as I can tell, there are rides and then there are rides. The hotel I was at had a party of people who went for an elephant trek where they got to spend the whole day with them, ride them, wash them etc. Sounds great?? Well not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We just went for the show, not the ride. The most amazing part was to see three of the elephants each painting a different design. The only bad part was the human visitors, who were less well trained and less obedient than the elephants!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Having 2 hours in Camp First impression like Safari, as the elephant is not inside cage but walking the same path we walk So watchout if you block elephant way! Watched for elephant show and 30 minute elephant ride Unforgettable experience

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