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Magical Elephant Training

Chiang Mai, Thailand
About Magical Elephant Training
Exclusive to T.I.C travel is the Magical Elephant Training Camp. You will take care of your elephant for a full day, learning about the behavior, lifestyle and personality of elephants from our English speaking tourguide. You will learn how to control, bath and play with your elephant as though you were a mahout, whilst riding bareback through the hills and jungle for the whole day. Duration - 8 hours.
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Jainam M wrote a review Sep 2019
Mumbai, India625 contributions67 helpful votes
What a beautiful experience. Spending almost an entire day with the elephants and learning the tricks was just wonderful. This beautiful animals deserve all the love. One should definitely experience this once in their lifetime.
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Date of experience: October 2018
Jamesparkel wrote a review Jun 2018
Germany16 contributions5 helpful votes
I did a few elephant mahout experience in SE, this place was one of a good project, can trust that elephants are treated well.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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gawainagain wrote a review Mar 2018
Phnom Penh, Cambodia13 contributions5 helpful votes
Pretty much what it says on the packet! Except it was more about training us than the elephants! Things to bear in mind. It's about an hour's drive to and from Chiang Mai to the elephant reserve. You are supplied with outer clothes for the day when you get there - so you don't have to worry about wrecking your own clothes! I would advise wearing a swim suit under your clothes and bringing a spare set of undies to change into after you've showered off. I wore swimming trucks, but had no dry undies to change into afterwards, so had to bus back wet!
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Date of experience: March 2018
Elayne93 wrote a review Jul 2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom10 contributions6 helpful votes
I honestly can't recommend this place enough! We were slightly worried at first about going to an elephant park incase the animals weren't taken care of etc. So we did a lot of researching before we went about the different elephant parks in Thailand and I'm SO SO glad we chose to go to Baan Chang! The guides picked us up from our hotel and took us about an hour outside of Chiang Mai to their elephant reserve. I had read on trip advisor (some of the bad reviews) that there had been chains around the elephants ankles... the guide explained this before we even got to the park and told us the elephants are the same as humans, some of them get along, some of them don't and sometimes (just like with humans) you have to take precautionary measures. Also... the whole group of us that were there on that day chatted about how easy it would be for the elephant to break the chain if it really really wanted too, it looked so flimsy! Ok! On to the actual day! We started by getting changed into our "mahout outfits" - I was gutted we didn't get to keep them they were so cool! They have lockers for you to keep any valuables in, which was really helpful and meant we didn't need to worry about anything the whole day. Then we went onto feeding the elephants, followed by our guide Woody (who was great and so much fun!) teaching us how to command elephants and we got to practice getting on and off elephants and taking an elephant ride round a short piece of the park (bare back, no chair :D!!) Then we had lunch and time to chill in the hammocks - the food was really really good and we had the best pineapple in Thailand!! After lunch we took an elephant ride in the jungle for about an hour, regularly giving elephants time to stop if they wanted too. And I think the best part of the day was getting into the water with the elephants to bathe them! All in all, it was a great day for all the visitors and what was most important is that all the elephants at the park looked so happy to be there!
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Date of experience: June 2015
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lorean811 wrote a review Feb 2015
Hertford, United Kingdom445 contributions73 helpful votes
We really did our research prior to doing a Mahout day with the elephants due to what id heard about animal welfare in Thailand and im really glad we did!! We were collected on time by our guide "Crazy Jimmy". We spent around an hour driving to the camp and on arrival we were given clothes to change into and encouraged to have tea/coffee and relax watching the elephants ram around with their mahouts in the mean time. After this we were taken to a large area with alot of elephants and given a basket to feed the elephants. We were given tips and advice to ensure our safety. The elephants at this stage have one foot chained to the floor, but this really is for your own safety. If your wanting to have close contact with elephants who have been rescued and had traumatic experiences, I believe it is unrealistic to expect to be in the midst of 40 of them whilst feeding the ultimate treats- banana and cane. After this we were taken to see two mothering elephants and their calves. We were requested to stay well away for the welfare of the calf and potential risks we could pose other wise and we respected this. Jimmy gave us a wealth of information and we were even able to see two elephants breeding in the distance whilst he explained the camps aim to rescue and care for elephants whilst changing the perception of them in Thailand. We had a break and were served a gorgeous home cooked vegetarian lunch, if it was finished, more was bought, it was awesome. After this we sent some time lazing in a hammock watching the world- and the elephants go by. After lunch we spent some time learning commands and practicing getting on and off the elephants before going on a trek. It was amazing, and I loved how your rode the elephants without shoes and without a seat. This was TOTALLY to benefit the elephants, and I loved that. Half way round the trek we all got off and the elephants had a break and again we were given more information and explanation of the work they do. Following the trek, straight to the bath. And you could see the absolute happiness and content in the elephants faces. Being able to be so close to such beautiful animals was an experience I will never forget. All throughout Jimmy made the day the best we could ever have expected. His passion and enthusiasm for what he does everyday shines through and he made it a first class experience for our entire group. The trainers do hold hooks, but people have to understand this is for your own safety. During the trek and the bath these elephants are unchained and the such big strong animals do have the potential to cause a great deal of distruction should they want to. The hooks are a precaution, you can see the great bond that each trainers has with their elephant and it has clearly taken a long time to achieve the trust of those elephants whom have been mistreated for many of their adult years. I completely support what this elephant park is aiming to do. They want to rescue the elephants that they can and provide them with a satisfying life. The elephants get time unchained and are given regular dips in the big baths. I personally didnt like seeing the chains, but completely accepted that this is for my own benefit and people must be accepting of this. This park has spent huge amounts of money to rescue circus and street elephants and in my opinion the elephants are happy with the lifestyle they have despite having to put up with annoying tourists like me :)
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Date of experience: January 2015