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The Elephant Training Center Chiang Dao

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Address: 108/1 Moo 9, T. Intakhin, A. Mae Tang | Intakhin, Mae Taeng 50150, Thailand
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Phone Number: +66 53 298 553
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Chiang Dao Elephant Jungle Trek and Ping River Rafting Tour from Chiang Mai

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A Wonderful Experience

Everything you want to experience with elephants is here. There is a half hour show that really allows them to show off. Watch while they take their morning bath and then spend an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 April 2016
michael p
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is wonderful to be back. The camp is right beside Ping river. I took the elephant ride in the forest and into the river. It was really amazing experience. Be sure to bring your dry bag with you since it can get wet. For the elephants lover like myself, there's no place more fascinating than the Chiang Dao Elephant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ride on the elephant was great, but the show with the final was stunning. Get some banana and give it to the elephant and you will get a hug and kiss. Fotos are still on my camera...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

very nice day in the jungle near ping river .there were elephant washing, elephant feeding,elephant show of log dragging and finally 1 hour jungle elephant trekking. this is real jungle trekking. the path is real jungle. unfortunately it was the rainy season and the river was dangerous which lead to cancelling of b bamboo boat tour and there was a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This training center provides what appears to be respectful care for elephants, while providing visitors with an opportunity to interact with them, feed them, watch them be bathed in the river and perform tasks on command of their mahouts. Everything is done quietly and respectfully and feels nothing like a circus performance, but more like a caring interaction. Finally visitors... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

We did the raft trip early in the morning before it got too hot, and then was back in time to watch the bathing and demonstrations. Very interesting. After this we took the 1 1/2 hour ride in the jungle.The elephant is part of the Thai culture and has been for hundreds of years. If you don't accept their culture... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Viator booking was excellent. Tour was lame but the elephant riding was great. Elephant trip was into jungle to a "village" in jungle then down a river. Riding the elephants was fascinating. The village in the jungle was a few huts for trinket sales to tourists. Do this trip for the elephant rides not the "tour".

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Myself and my boyfriend went to Chiang Dao Elephant training centre as part of a tour we booked with Viator. Everything I read about this place was incredibly misleading and I am amazed people believe these poor elephants are "treated well". Firstly, the name of the elephant training centre as advertised on the Viator website was just "Chiang Dao Elephant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

A well maintained and run camp. Small in comparison to some others but it added to the experience, didn't feel like a tourist rush job. The elephants are well cared for, the price is good and the ride is amazing. Through the jungle and across the stream. You cross a suspension bridge to get there, that was fun, the elephants... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

We visited this centre and in hindsight I wish that I had done some research on ethical elephant camps - if so I certainly would not have come here. From the moment we arrived I hated the experience. The baby elephants were swaying, a sign of anxiety and stress in elephants, the "show" that the elephants display reeks of circus... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

Everything you want to experience with elephants is here. There is a half hour show that really allows them to show off. Watch while they take their morning bath and then spend an hour on their back as you trek into the forrest. A wonderful adventure.

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