Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Chiang Mai or “Nop Buri Nakorn Pink”, the former capital of the Lanna kingdom, is considered an area of nature, cold weather, and diverse culture. Being a hub of several ancient realms, Chiang Mai has been a center of exchanging knowledge, religions, architecture, and commerce for centuries. This facet has created the unique Lanna characteristics. Read more
The name was changed from Fha Hom Pok National Park because of the name of a high hill at Dan Lao Moutain Range. The highest hill in the park is about 2285 meters above sea level. On the top of the hill, there is granite and a shallow layer of soil. It is quite windy all the year. and the ridge road being parallel with the border of Thailand-Myanmar. Read more
Doi Ang Khang is a part of Dan Lao mountain range along the border of Myanmar and maintains year round cool temperatures. Mountain mists can be always seen here and the place is perfect for winter plants. Apart from the first Royal Project of Winter Plant Research Station, which was founded in 1969, you can also see and learn about the interesting cultures of hill tribe people. Read more
Doi Thung is a high peak of the Nang Non Mountains in Amphur Mae Fah Luang. Doi Thung has 93,515 rai of forest area and is 1,630 meters above sea level. At this height, the weather is cool and chilly all year round. Doi Thung is now a preservation area after restoration work commissioned by the Royal Grandmother. Read more
Purchase handmade products and admire Lanna art when the whole street is turned over to pedestrians. It is truly a heaven on earth when Ratchadamnoen Road in Chiang Mai is transformed into a walking street on Sunday evenings. This allows you wonderful opportunities to shop, enjoy cultural performances and try tasty local food. Read more
Wat Chiangmun is one of the most respected temples of the Lanna people who believe that long life and good fortune will be brought upon those faithful who pay the temple a visit. This place of worship is believed have been built by Phya Mungrai and the name signifies the security and stability of the town. Wat Chiangmun is situated on Rachapakinai Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Built outside the city wall by Phya Mungrai, Wat Chiang Yuen represents long life and the endurance as the name suggests. All of the ancient kings of Chiang Mai visited and paid respects to the Omniscient Buddha here before entering the city through Chang Puek Gate. Originally the temple was named “Wat Teekacheewitsaram” which means the temple of long life. Held sacred by every local; the rite of prolonging life was generally performed here. The temple is on Maneenopparat Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Sri Lanna National Park was announced as the 60th national park in 1989. The national park is about 53 kilometers from Chiang Mai Province. It encompasses 1,406 square meters covering Prao District, Mae Taeng District, and Chiang Dao District. The office of Sri Lanna National Park is near Mae Ngad Somboonchon Dam a great spot to take a boat trip. There are numerous attractions in the park such as forests, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and caves. Read more
Excited about the hot spring at Pong Dueat Pa Pae (Huai Nam Dang National Park), you will experience the highest temperature of hot spring at 99 degrees. It is like watching a spectacular natural show for humans as same as the biggest Geyser Hot spring of Thailand. Pong Dueat Pa Pae is one of the natural therapy destinations for healthy people. Read more
"Maesa Elephant Camp" flanks a rushing river in a beautiful lush tropical valley a mere twenty minutes scenic drive from downtown Chiang Mai. Having been open for nearly thirty years and currently home to seventy eight elephants, we have become leaders and experts in the field of elephant breeding, training, healthcare and sustainable tourism. Asian elephants have long been used as beasts of burden by man - transportation, timber logging or in war.
In the early days of elephant camps these were the main abilities showcased, but it was the camp’s founder, Choochart Kalmapijit’s understanding of the deep intelligence of elephants that inspired him to establish Maesa Elephant Camp in 1976. Over the years Choochart purchased elephants from all over the country, and with their mahouts and other experts, worked and fell in love with the elephants, revealing one skill or fact after another about these pachyderms that have not only
helped to develop Maesa’s reputations over the years, but help further the cause of the conservation and future of the Asian elephant.
The wellbeing and nourishment of our elephants are of prime importance and the total of six tons of grass, bananas and sugarcane that go to feed our elephants daily are self grown. We also grow special grasses and herbs which all combine to assure the health and well being of all our elephants. Being the first elephant camp certified by ISO 9001 version 2008, we are determined to offer visitors a new-age elephant camp which gives our visitors a real glimpse into the lives and facts about elephants.
What they eat, how they live, their biology, their future or plight as well as the continued development and promotion of their skills, intelligence and abilities are of utmost importance to our long term goals.
Of great significance is Choochart’s founding of the Association for the Thai Elephant Procreation to encourage the breeding so that the future of the Asian elephants is assured. At the turn of the twentieth century there were over one hundred thousand elephants in Thailand, today there are less than five. Through research, years of trial and error and a determination to succeed, Maesa now has a very successful breeding programme. Only the best bulls and cows are selected for the procreation programme which has lead to the birth of
many healthy baby elephants. One thing you can always be assured of is that elephants at Maesa Elephant Camp are, and always will be, mentally and physically healthy.