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Address: 119/9 Tapae Rd. | Mae Sa Subdistrict, Mae Rim 50100, Thailand
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Phone Number: +66 5320 6247
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Long-Neck Karen Hill Tribe Tour Including Elephant Ride from Chiang Mai
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This is a fun place to go and interact with these amazing animals. They do paint and perform but it is so relaxed and the elephants seem to enjoy it as well. I road an elephant... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Lavon W
Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a fun place to go and interact with these amazing animals. They do paint and perform but it is so relaxed and the elephants seem to enjoy it as well. I road an elephant bareback which was the high point of my day! This is just a fun family place that only takes a couple of hours to... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was amazing to see, feed and hug the elephants, the show was great and it was very interesting to see them paint. The 30 minutes elephant ride was barely 15 - 20 minutes only and pretty expensive.

Thank Serg O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We've visited the Elephant Camp twice on tours by private guides from Chiang Mai to the Golden Triangle and both times were splendid. They train these wonderful animals to paint. At the end of the show, enjoy an elephant ride, but please, do not molest the animals. There have been accounts of tourists annoying them and their running wild through... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our Chiang Mai guide set this up for us. I would not have gone had I known the elephants had to perform. The elephants had to wear saddles for riding, I had read this is not comfortable for them. They also had to paint pictures and kick soccer balls. Not sure if they enjoyed it or not. Enjoyed feeding them... More 

Thank TYJT
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was interesting to see how elephants can be trained to do so many things but it was sad to see that they do not live in wild life. There are some wild elephants in Thailand but many elephants have been born in elephants farms and need to work to earn money for their food and their owners. :(

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an eye opener to see elephants paint! First time witnessing a baby elephant milking the mummy elephant. Learnt a lot about elephants- their anatomy, characters, diseases, routines, etc from the information Centre. Interesting place to visit and spend a few hours

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to another elephant camp that I could compare this one to, and this Maesa elephant camp was way too small for the amount of elephants they have. Though the show was so adorable it made me happy and sad at the same time. Like was so cute to see them do the Thai greetings with one leg... More 

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Bela Bela, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We visited and had very mixed reviews. We did not enjoy watching the elephants on chains, although maybe necessary for safety, things could be adapted/improved somewhat. The show was very interesting and I did enjoy this as the elephants looked relaxed and wanting to be interacting. I did not like the riding as the 'saddles' looked extremely uncomfortable for the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

We visited the elephant show as the first stop on our 2 day Golden Triangle Tour. It was amazing to have such a close encounter with the animals. They seem very happy to perform and they all seemed to have their own personalities. The show starts with their keepers taking them down to the river to be washed and to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

For travelers who would like to have an authentic experience in Chiangmai, visiting an elephant camp must be in the bucket list. There are actually a number of elephants camps in Chiangmai but my husband and I decided to go to Maesa Elephant Camp for some considerations: (1) It's near. It could only be reached about less than an hour... More 

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