There are plenty of elephant camps in Chiang Mai. Besides Mae Sa elephant camp; one of the oldest and well known elephant camps among the tourist, I decided to opt for non-touristy elephant riding at Pong Yang Elephant Camp recommended by Joe. Elephants in Thailand used to play a vital role both in the economic and social life of the country but now it has been a major tourist activity.
The camp is located further in the Mae Rim Valley, surrounded by pristine green hills on the mountain side and plantations on the valley.
There were only 4 elephants at one time and I waited for about an hour for the elephant ride. While waiting, you will definitely enjoy the untouched view.
The riding fee is reasonable. It is good to have a local with you to negotiate the price.
Majority of the manhouts are ethnic Karen people.
Amazing ride down the scenic paths.
Stopover at the waterfall.
Back to the camp!
Thanks for the ride!
Pit stop for coffee break. Look no further, Wawee Coffee is the best local brand in Chiang Mai. Similar to Starbucks, the cafe serves a variety of coffee drinks using home grown beans. Joe drove to the nearest outlet near Mae Sa elephant camp. After a sip, Wawee has been my favourite coffee in Chiang Mai ever since!
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I rode elephant during my visit to Koh Samui but it was too touristy. This one looks better and the view is splendid. I would suggest you to go to Kuala Gandah in Malaysia as they have a large elephant sanctuary there.
Since I have never been to Kuala Gandah, maybe we can go together on your next trip here?
Never heard of Kuala Gandah! Shall check it out!
Let me know if you wanna go. I will drive you there!