This elephant training camp is about an hour north of Chiang Mai. It is clean and it appears that the elephants are well cared for. I witnessed no abuse. We were told that the elephants are set free to roam for part of the day.The tour cost 2400 baht (aprx $80) in January 2013 and this included our transportation, guide, entry fee, and lunch. We made our reservation at our hotel the day before. It was an all day trip and worth every cent. We rode an elephant for an hour in the jungle and also up the river. Then we watched the elephants get bathed in the river which was a treat to see them roll in the water in pure delight sticking their big legs into the air like kids. We were given an exhibition of how the elephants have been used in Thailand in the logging industry pulling logs individually and in pairs and also pushing logs with their trunks. One elephant raised the flag and one painted a picture. We floated on a bamboo raft down the Ping River which was enjoyable, very peaceful. Saw lots of birds and butterflies and water buffalo. A delicious buffet lunch was enjoyed at the Tiger Kingdom and we also visited a beautiful orchid farm. The elephant camp is not recommended for wheelchairs because the access is on a swinging bridge and the ground is uneven. The trek up to the Lisu village was a disappointment to me...it was small, we didn't see inside the homes, and product was displayed everywhere in hopes of a sale.
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