Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Mae Sa Elephant Camp information
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.