"Chiang Dao Elephant Camp" Elephants and Rafting Tip by lareina
Elephants and Rafting, Chiang Mai: 12 reviews and 15 photos
In Chiang Mai it is easy to book a tour to one of the nearby elephant camps. I went to the camp in Chiang Dao, about 30km north of Chiang Mai. To reach the camp you must cross over a river on a rope bridge before walking through the forest to the training area. First, the elephants are bathed by their trainers, or mahouts, in the river. Then the elephants perform for the audience by hauling and rolling logs. Afterwards, you can take an elephant ride through the forest.
I enjoyed the elephant ride the most, although it was rather bumpy, and I enjoyed seeing the baby elephants up close in their pens. This is definetly a touristic experience, but it is a little more authentic than visiting elephants at your local zoo.
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