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“Awful elephant treatment ” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Maetang Elephant Park

Maetang Elephant Park
Ranked #46 of 247 things to do in Chiang Mai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Awful elephant treatment ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Please don't visit this park. The elephant treatment is awful and the trainers use pick axes and shouting as means to control the elephants.

When not being used to shuttle tourists or in shows the elephants are kept in chains in enclosures.

We were brought to this park by a taxi driver that had offered to take us sightseeing around Chiang Mai. If you do the same, do research the places in advance so you can control the places drivers take you.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Horrific animal cruelty!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

Please do not visit this park. I have never seen such animal cruelty in my life. Spent most of the day crying and I am still thinking about it. The trainers do not care about the animals in the slightest and hit them again and again with sharp sticks.. Some have cuts and scars on their heads, clearly from being beaten. I am absolutely horrified and very upset. Please please do not support this sort of animal cruelty.

Visited April 2014
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16 Thank clairepotpotato
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Horrendous abuse of beautiful animals”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

We went here as part of a variety tour. The bamboo rafting down the river was nice. The elephants are such amazing animals and so intelligent but are submitted to horrific abuse at this elephant park. We witnessed the elephants being hit with full force on the head and hit with pick axes. It was awful. The oxs were treated the same. Would not recommend at all.

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13 Thank Ashling O
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“extreme abuse”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

it's horrible how they are treating the elephants.
Go to the ELEPHANT SANCTUARY-it protects the elephants

Visited April 2014
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8 Thank Danidee123
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Punished and hit”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

The elephants are punished and hit whit these pickaxes, the elephant gasping in the middle of the show because they were hit, furthermore at the elephant ride the trainer hit the elephant many times whit the pickaxes leaving scars in their heads.

Terrible place to visit.

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