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Maetaman Elephant Camp

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Amazing experience with elephants, rest (cows, boat) can be skipped

Amazing experience with elephants, rest of activities (cows, boat) can be skipped. I really want to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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A great day out.

We decided to rent a car and drive out to the Maetaman Elephant Camp from Chiang Mai, instead of... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2018
Tony H
Pattaya, Thailand
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535 Moo 1 | Rim Tai Subdistrict, Mae Rim 50180, Thailand
+66 53 297 060
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very fun and enjoyable place where you can have elephant ride, cow ride, river drifting, feed elephant and elephant show..

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank samong6911
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best for adventurer to this area....elephant ride....cow ride....river drafting...feeding elephant....elephant show...enjoyable and fun day here

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Samong59
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience with elephants, rest of activities (cows, boat) can be skipped. I really want to repeat the trip on elephants, and seeing them having a bath on the river. The unique "bad point" is stuff will claim a lot for tips, or to give...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Trek679603
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Maetaman Elephant Camp and Refuge is just that. It is one of the few places in Thailand and Asia in general that elephants are well fed (mostly sugar cane and bananas), well tended (professional tenders and almost one to one for most of the time),...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael D
Reviewed July 23, 2018

We decided to rent a car and drive out to the Maetaman Elephant Camp from Chiang Mai, instead of taking the rather expensive day tour. This saved us around Bht 2,000 per person and having four of us, it was well worth it. The ox...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Tony H
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Elephants were locked in chains standing on hard concrete flooring, eating grasses with no water under some metal roof shelters. They will just keep waiting there until someone pay for the elephant ride. Why would anyone still want to support and ride the elephants after...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Yue L
Reviewed June 17, 2018

LOVED IT ! We fed the elephants, we bathed the elephants, we cuddled the elephants. We rode through the forest on the elephants. The guide was SUPERB - a young, enthusiastic woman who had been working at the camp for 10 years. We were a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Elizabeth K
Reviewed June 10, 2018

Elephants rides and shows, Ox Cart rides, buffet lunch, and cool refreshing bambo raft rides this place has it all.. We felt the animals were all well feed, and treated well.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Art S
Reviewed June 7, 2018

I did this tour based on TV personality Jack Hanna's visit to this Elephant Camp. I absolutely LOVED my tour at Maetaman! The elephant show was super entertaining and the elephant trek through the river and up through the jungle was a lifetime memory. Also...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AmerBestZoos
Reviewed March 10, 2018

Always wanted to go on an elephant ride but was unsure if it was a safe thing to do. I was originally thinking more about me than the elephant. I was told that the Thai people respect the elephants. So I decided to take a...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Donna K
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Yes you can choose the activities you wanna do..
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Maetaman Elephant Camp - admission costs per person? (3 Replies)
Hi does anyone know what the admission price is for the Maetaman Elephant park? tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1766192-d…
November 17, 2015|
Response fromJT_NYC_8|
Ok thanks!
Honolulu, Hawaii
Elephants! (13 Replies)
I have almost finalized plans for our Jan. 2007 trip but I'm still in a dilemma about planning a "day with the elephants." On our last trip we visited the Maetaman Elephant Camp. For this next trip I was planning to visit the Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang but today they posted on their website that the cost for a 1 day program is now 3500 baht! I think this price is way too high and I'm looking (again) for an alternative. Saw the website for the Elephant Nature Park. The cost for...More
October 01, 2006|
Response fromflanneur|
We paid 3000bht for a private driver to take three of us in his van to the Elephant Conservation Centre and Lampang town and surrounds including the special temple etc. Not sure what country you are from but that only comes to not much more than $100 Australian. I would say that was a bargain and we had a fabulous day. If you are all interested I can give you the details of the driver or you could arrange your own. Good luck!
Boulder, Colorado
Maetaman Elephant Camp (2 Replies)
Hi Everyone, I am headed to Chiang Mai in February and wanted to know if anyone has any information on the Maetaman Elephant Camp. I have seen that this is where elephants do paintings and would like to check that out in person. I found their website, but it does not work properly (many broken images, etc.). A few questions I have: 1.) Is this a legitimate camp with no abuse? 2.) Are there any organized tours from Chiang Mai which visit this camp? Would I be able to book it from any...More
October 03, 2008|
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I have been to the Maetaman Elephant Camp, the Mae Sa Camp and the Maetang Elephant camp. The Maetamon Camp and the Maetang Camp are right next to each other outside of Maetang. I found the Maetang Camp to be the cleanest and most organized. They served a decent buffet lunch. This is a fully licensed and insured camp and the husband of one of the owners is an American. Abuse? I don't think so but you have to know that in all the elephant camps some of the elephants are owned by their...More