Mae Sa Elephant Camp

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Mae Sa Elephant Camp information

Mae Sa Valley & Samoeng , Thailand
Address
Street Rte 1096
Telephone
+66 5320 6247
More information
www.maesaelephantcamp.com
Prices
shows adult/child 200/100B, ride for 2 people 800B
Opening hours
shows 8am, 9.40am & 1.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

One of the north's largest elephants camps, Mae Sa is a bit old fashioned in its attitudes toward elephant entertainment but it enjoys a good reputation for the general welfare of the herd. The camp has a high fertility rate, which a good sign that the elephants are mentally and socially healthy. The camp attracts criticism from animal rights activists because they still offer old-fashioned circus shows with balancing acts, considered dangerous because of the crippling effects a fall could cause. Mae Sa also pioneered the 'artist' elephant, a perennial hit with tourists. There is also elephant riding and mahout training. The camp is in a lovely wooded setting and you can wander the grounds feeding, petting and posing with the creatures.