There are several elephant training camps in Chiang Mai, of which Maesa Elephant Camp is not only the largest, but also relatively complete, and it is well-known to attract numerous tourists. Nearly a hundred elephants have been raised in the camp, and the elephants participating in the show have been sent here for training since childhood. At Maesa Elephant Camp, you can not only watch elephants perform acrobatics and painting, but also sit on the elephant’s back and walk along the valley and shuttle through the virgin forest.
Because it is far from the city of Chiang Mai, visitors to Maesa Elephant Camp generally book half-day or 1-day trips through their hotel or local travel agency. They usually include watching elephant shows, riding elephants or ox carts, playing bamboo rafting and other items, and provide lunch, and take charge of the transfer to the hotel. Many people will find a travel agent to book the trip near Tha Pae Gate to the east of Chiang Mai Ancient City, which will be cheaper than booking in the hotel lobby.
At Maesa Elephant Camp, you can feel the smell of elephants everywhere. There are regular elephant shows in the camp daily at 8:00, 9:40, 13:30. The performances of the elephants include playing football, painting, lifting wooden stakes, etc., each of which will make visitors full of laughter, and the elephant massage that interacts with tourists is very exciting.
In various performances, the painting of elephants with their noses is the most exciting part. If you have not seen it with your own eyes, you may not believe that the lifelike flower paintings are the masterpieces of these elephants. Elephant paintings are sold at different prices. If you are interested, you can buy one for your memorial. After the performance, the elephant worker will take the elephant to come over and take photos with you. In addition, in the elephant camp, daily scenes such as elephants bathing, elephants carrying hay can be seen, which is very interesting.