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Mae Malai Elephant Training Camp

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Visitors to this training camp learn and observe the methods used to train...

Visitors to this training camp learn and observe the methods used to train young elephants how to log the teak forests of Thailand’s Golden Triangle.

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WE loved being with these sensitive animals and their handlers. The ride through jungle and stream was breathtakingly beautiful. They performed well in the show which included... read more

Reviewed October 26, 2015
Lucy Beale P
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed October 26, 2015

WE loved being with these sensitive animals and their handlers. The ride through jungle and stream was breathtakingly beautiful. They performed well in the show which included painting. An exquisite opportunity for learning, adventure, and beauty.

Thank Lucy Beale P
Bronx, New York
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Reviewed March 10, 2015

What an amazing day we spent at the Elephant Training Camp. Walking about the grounds provides one with unlimited learning opportunities. Watching the mahouts lead the elephants about performing tricks, bathing and feeding is a once in a life time experience. The hour elephant ride through the jungle and small stream was absolutely incredible. Fortunately the seat had padding on... More 

Thank Gregg H
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed November 7, 2014

Only a short drive outside of Chiang Mai. You will walk among these amazing animals, watch them bath in the river, perform and use their artistic talents. Touch and love on them. Also take a ride upon these gentle giants thru the countryside, into the river, and thru the jungle. Take an OX cart ride. I felt that the trainers... More 

Thank skygoddess45
Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

This place is well run and the animals appear well looked after.the elephants,along with thier mahouts,put on a good show performing various tasks and kicking balls around and so on.plenty of photo opertunities.take a trek through some pretty impressive jungle.your mahout will let you have a turn driving whilst he takes some photos of you on board,river washing is fun.... More 

Thank John1358
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

What can I say, this was the best experience I've ever taken part in. From start to finish this was amazing. Everyone involved really cares about all of the elephants, and comes across very concerned about there welfare. Being a mahout for the day was full of extremes, washing in the river and rolling in the mud. Riding on the... More 

Thank Anthonydoyle04081979
Las Pinas
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Worth the trip to see how elephants are cared for and trained. take lots of phot's. wear comfortable clothes

Thank JEmmanuelLasPinas
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

personally i wouldn't ride these magnificent creatures - however if you must do it this place appears to be ok - the painting the Elephants do is rather impressive I have to say and that is worth seeing - also seeing them kick giant footballs with impeccable timing is great Its about an hour outside of Chiang Mai (too hot... More 

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somerset, uk
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

My husband and I booked a trip to Elephant Training Camp whilst staying in Chiang Mai. This transfer was about 1 hour from Chiang Mai. The day started off with a demonstration of the elephants demonstrating their skills and we were blown away by the elephant painting - see photos. We then trekked through the jungle on an elephant (wear... More 

3 Thank LAD63
St Martins/Udon Thani
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Well worth the trip....see the elephants in the river being washed and feed them if you wish. Watch the elephants play football and carry out various tricks....but do not miss them painting on canvas they are brilliant and the paintings can be purchased for about £35. Have your photo taken with the elephants trunk wrapped around you. Then walk around... More 

1 Thank LekDodger
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

About 1 hour 10 mins drive from our hotel in central Chiangmai, the elephant treking was a brilliant experience. The handlers will even let you "drive" the elephant you're riding, sitting directly on the elephants neck, with your legs behind his ears. The elephants appear to be well looked after and love being fed bananas and sugar cane. Great experience... More 

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