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“MUCH MORE NEED BE DONE” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Maesa Elephant Camp

Maesa Elephant Camp
Mae Sa, Mae Rim, Thailand
+66 5320 6247
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Visited this place after a 10 year absence, early February 2013.
Nothing much has changed.

Good time to visit would be getting there around 10am in the morning.First go on the elephant forest ride

You will complete it with about 30 minutes to spare to see the elephant show.

It starts with elephants being washed down for the show in an adjacent stream whose water supply comes from the mountains around.The elphants are then walked into the performance arena.
Its adequate enough to sit 200 people. If you see large tour goups (ie Buses) when you first arrived in the morning then don't spend too much time watching the wash down. Head for the performance area-showtime 1pm. Try to sit in the lower part of the terraces so that your cameras get a good vantage view when the elephants start their painting repertoire. YES...the elephants do paint for you and you can purchase the paintings after the show.

Downside..there is no commentary during the show.

Little is done to promote elephant conservation through AV shows and briefings or dare I hope for a sound and light show to come???

Do apply sunblock as the UV effect even in normally cool ChingMai can be punishing

When you buy bananas or sugar cane to feed them, they are tied up in bunches. Feed them bunch by bunch and not nana by nana!! They know how to spit out the string that tie the bunches up. They are about 20 Baht a bunch. 5 to 6 bunches will suffice.

You will be asked by the mahouts to take pictures with the elephants at close proximity. Move slowly and gently and do not make startlingly loud piercing shrieks of delight.Elephants are gentle "people" by and large. They'll reach out their trunks for a tip (mahout guided of course!!)
Get some 20 BAHT NOTES Handy... its the accepted amount per elephant photographed with you. If you start unpreparedly dish out 100Baht notes....the whole elephant and mahout community will descend on you..Be warned!!

Do romp around the surroundings before or after the show. Go to the nursery and watch Mama looking after her precious "little" giant.A sight to behold.Again, speak softly and tread softly. Do not startle them. Lots of elephant souvenier bric a brac available.

Have fun.
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Visited February 2013
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“Not recommended.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is an experience I would rather forgot. It started off well with the rafting and great guides we had then but just went down hill. We saw too many elephants distressed and on very short chains or basically 'parked' in garages. The mahout didn't speak to us throughout the ride and I don't know much about training elephants but it looked like excessive force used on some of these poor creatures. The ox ride was just as bad. Just a sad day out and trying to get money from you at every step (ie. feed the elephant your riding bananas at multiple points or have them be hit by the mahout when you deny them trying to get them) - do your research and look for one of the elephant farms where they are allowed some freedom.

Visited February 2013
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“great place for elephant hugs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Elephants appear healthy and well cared for. You can feed them and they will hug you with their trunks, which is great fun. Some of the circus type tricks made me wonder how they were trained. The rides didn't look that great, but we did not do one. Beautiful location and not too far from Chiang Mai. Good to combine with other things in the area.

Visited February 2013
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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“Wonderful time!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Loved it all! Bring wipes with you for wiping your hand after feeding the elephants - very fun to do. They won't eat peanuts but food there is reasonably priced so just buy there.

Visited January 2013
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Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India
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“first time on Elephant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

it was scary but what was best is safty and training of Elephant all elephant were train to go in specific way with good contorl by rider.i was feeling above earth at top of elephant
they are hardworking and good manners elephant

Visited December 2012
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