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The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao

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Address: 108/1 Moo 9, T. Intakhin, A. Mae Tang | Intakhin, Mae Taeng 50150, Thailand
Phone Number: (053) 298-553
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Elephants in training

This camp showed more the work that elephants do in the jungle. although there were some touristy activities. The setting was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the elephants are bathed, clean, fed, and cared for in a more natural environment, they clearly were not happy. Going to this place made me sad. However it was with others and they had pre-booked the tickets so we went on the ride. I'm certain that the other ride guides do not do this (the others seemed much nicer... More 

Thank Christina L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Where else can you ride an elephant in the jungle and over a river for an hour-long ride?! Better yet, these elephants are clearly loved and well-taken care of. Afterwards, we got to feed them and enjoy a show where they demonstrated other skills such as teamwork with log building and other tricks (I won't want to spoil for you)!... More 

Thank MattM_Mpls
Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

What a fantastic day! Feeding the elephants, watching them bathe in the river, followed by an hours trek through the forest on them. These are working animals that are well loved and looked after. The bamboo river raft was truly tranquil, it was a treat to spend the day in such beautiful surroundings. Definitely worth the 1 hour drive north... More 

Thank Sarah E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Have just returned from a 12 day three centre holiday in Thailand and one of the highlights of the trip was our visit to the Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao where we went for a one hour trip through the forest and back through the river on the back of an elephant. It was thoroughly enjoyable. It was followed by... More 

1 Thank MacMa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was a lovely place to spend time. You can't imagine what skills the elephants hold by not only playing football playing darts but even painting. Please do visit the kids will go bananas

Thank Preetifabs
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My husband and I went to the Chiang Dao elephant training centre as an excursion on our honeymoon. We had a great day which started walking over the rope bridge over the river and seeing the elephants being washed by the mahoots. We went to watch the show which was interesting to watch as we never knew elephants were used... More 

1 Thank Emmaprof
Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

First time reviewer on TA. I'm simply trying to redeem myself after visiting and paying for clear cut abuse. My wife and I were misinformed to believe this to be a sanctuary environment and did not take the time to do our own due diligence. Although the setting was beautiful, and the caretakers were not outwardly abusive to the animals,... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This camp showed more the work that elephants do in the jungle. although there were some touristy activities. The setting was good.

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Pacific Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We had a ride on and elephant and then came back on an ox-drawn wooden-wheeled cart. I'd skip the ox-cart, if possible. We then saw a demonstration of different skills. I was most impressed with the painting but the soccer was also fun and my wife really enjoyed getting a hug and hat from one of them (after tipping the... More 

1 Thank John H
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We booked this through a reputable travel agent and were explicit that we only wanted an ethical experience; what we witnessed was the complete opposite. From the moment you arrive it is clearly wrongful abuse, the elephants are chained with woeful looking eyes, one in particular was showing signs of disturbance (constant swaying & head shaking). Bull hooks are the... More 

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