You may know that in some places of the world elephants were used in different industries. After some of these industries collapsed, the animals remained without a job, and this is why the elephant parks of Chang Mai came to life. This is the best place to visit if you are into elephant ride.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
This is one of the most popular elephant camps of the province. The tourists like this place because it is known that the animals are treated well here. There are so many things to do here, that it may become a top destination. You could be elephant back riding, feeding the elephants, and there are some special elephant shows too.
During the shows, you could see the elephants paint, dance, play basketball or football, pull lumber or play musical instruments. After the show, you can actually buy the paintings at the souvenir shop. Other activities include water rafting and having lunch at the buffet of the camp.
Mae Tang Park
The park is also known as Elephant Nature Park and it is one of the most famous parks in Thailand. The owner is Lek who has been in numerous shows created by Animal Planet and National Geographic. This is a kind of recognition for the job that she does regarding the conservation of elephants.
In this case it’s not about the show, but to be able to see the animals in their natural habitat. You can watch them, feed them, have a bath with them and even offer them food from a special feeding platform. You have the possibility to stay overnight and to volunteer at the park.
Thai Elephant Conservation Center
This is located in Lampang and it has become famous for the elephant hospital that it has. Here, the vets take care of the animals wounded by landmines, mistreated by the owners or sick animals. The best thing that they have is a mobile elephant clinic, so that it covers a larger area.
In case you are interested in the topic, take a course that lasts up to 10 days. If you would like to visit the place or you would like to take a course, visit the website of the hospital.
Friends of the Asian Elephant
The hospital is considered to be the best in the country. It was started by Soraida Salwala who saw an elephant being shot only because there weren’t any treatment options. When she started, it was the only elephant hospital of the world. The elephants here are treated for injury and illness.
Here you can see some animals which need to be treated for the rest of their lives. The only consolation they have is that they will be staying at a good place where people take good care of them.