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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 7 November 2018
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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 24 July 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 2 weeks ago

we learned so much about (the differences between the Asian and African) elephants this day - very interesting (museum, too)! Then we learned about their poo paper making and bathed the elephants. One can ride them (or do ox cartridge rides) there as well, which...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Julia H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went there and all I saw that the elephants were chained up so that they wouldn’t move. Others were caged and event little babies were caged with their mothers. The “person who controls the elephant” uses the a stick with a sharp blade at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank masha1810
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

TL; DR: This is NOT a sanctuary. This is a circus-like place that involves chains, bullhooks and elephants that have been trained to catch bills from tourists. The treatment that the elephants receive is questionable at best. See the pictures, they speak for themselves. Thailand's...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sergiorotor
Reviewed 21 November 2018

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 21 November 2018

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 7 November 2018 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 2 October 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 24 July 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 24 June 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 17 June 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
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6 January 2019|
Response from Michael D | Reviewed this property |
Not my facility. No idea what they might be able to do for you.
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Response from samong6911 | Reviewed this property |
It better to hire a car to drove to the camp prefer reach there around 9am to catch all the event Encourage to buy package ticket more worth and include free lunch