"Elephant Camp" Elephant Ride Tip by koolkatz_76

Elephant Ride, Chiang Mai: 59 reviews and 105 photos

The elephant camp is about 1.5 hours drive into the mountains, and features mostly "working elephants". You can take a 1-hour elephant ride, where a mahout (elephant trainer) will guide the elephant through a forest trail and river walk, while you are seated on a wooden seat strapped to the elephant's back.

It's a nice slow way of seeing the forest, and if you're lucky like us, the mahout may actually let you ride the elephant while he guides from the ground.

There are various rest stations along the trail, where you can buy combs of bananas or bundles of sugar cane for THB 20 (USD 0.60), as a treat for the elephant.

If you're not into elephant rides, you can also take a trip down the river on a bamboo raft. Think of it as a Thai gondola, except the guy doesn't sing. The river trip is also 1 hour long, and along the way, you can see lots of fruit trees, mountain scenery etc.

Nothing very scintillating, but good for a day excursion just to experience something different from city life.

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  • Written May 3, 2006
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