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Maesa Elephant Camp

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119/9 Tapae Rd. | Mae Sa Subdistrict, Mae Rim 50100, Thailand
+66 53 206 247
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Fun and Instructional Morning

We (wife and kids) have been here before and enjoyed it and had to return because my son had a new... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
DavidandMarsha
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Manila, Philippines
Amazing Pachyderms

The elephants played football, painted watercolors, and showed their intellectual abilities as well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter K
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Weston, Massachusetts
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“play soccer” (49 reviews)
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119/9 Tapae Rd. | Mae Sa Subdistrict, Mae Rim 50100, Thailand
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+66 53 206 247
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We (wife and kids) have been here before and enjoyed it and had to return because my son had a new camera. It is over 20 kms outside of the centre of Chiang Mai so you are advised to book a song teow to take...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The elephants played football, painted watercolors, and showed their intellectual abilities as well as kindness. They are truly remarkable and Maesa demonstrates this very well.

Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a few wonderful hours here, and were guided through our experience by Kim. Each elephant is paired with a caretaker and we learned it’s a very nurturing and close relationship. Elephants at Maesa are 55 years + and enjoy a comfortable and nurtured...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fun and memorable show. I had seen this show several years ago as part of an organized tour--and it was one of the highlights of the trip. When I came back to Thailand with my husband, I thought he would enjoy seeing...More

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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

There's no doubt that this is an elephant camp set up for tourists. But the elephants seem happy, the trainers seem kind, and our vet friend also enjoyed the visit immensely. We were somewhat wary given that animals are not always treated well in Thailand,...More

Thank Barb577
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

I love elephants, really. I still remember the first times I "met" them in Cambodia or in India and how I couldn't stop staring at their eyes (well, actually "eye" is more correct; you can hardly look at both eyes at the same time :))....More

3  Thank babbua
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Just look at the pictures people post on here! Every elephant handler has a bull hook in their hand, those big sticks with the hook are not carried around for no reason, that's what they use to punish the elephants and why the elephants are...More

6  Thank jnmaresca
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Reviewed February 18, 2018

We had no expectations of our day with the elephants. We purchase the "Mahout Training - Basic Course" package and it was perfect for us. We had our own personal guide for the whole day with two Mahout Trainers (for our two elephants. We rode...More

Thank GlobalTraveller4Life
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Reviewed February 10, 2018

We got there at 10 just as the elephant show was starting. It was a great show and highlighted a number to things the elephant can do, including painting! Very funny show that engaged the audience but was not disrespectful to the elephants. Many of...More

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

I really enjoyed the camp and was fascinated by the elephants. The very best part is watching them take baths in the river so if you go find out what time they do this and don't miss it. They are like kids rolling around in...More

Thank Sue D
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Dhangers
August 1, 2017|
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Response from dosumeal | Reviewed this property |
Save yourself the money and go to Elephant Nature Park. These elephants are living as they would in the wild. Not chained all day long!!! I would also say get a private driver. Have a nice trip. suzanne
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agape2000
May 11, 2016|
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Response from Debi W | Reviewed this property |
I did not see either ox carts or bamboo rafts. My group was visiting the Maesa Elephant Camp to enjoy the beautiful elephants and their many talents. If you are interested in the bamboo rafting and ox cart rides you might... More
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Lida_Isi
August 20, 2015|
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Response from 873Beebop | Reviewed this property |
We booked through our tour operator in the UK. Big mistake!! We specifically asked for a sanctuary...instead we got this hell hole. Please do not go here. By going You are supporting the cruel treatment of these beautiful... More
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