Established in 1976 by Choochart Kalmapijit, Maesa Elephant Camp is set amid a rushing stream is a tropical forest twenty minutes from downtown Chiang Mai. The founder understood the intelligence of elephants and set about creating a healthful, caring environment for the approximately 78 elephants who live there currently. The six tons of grass, sugar cane and bananas eaten daily by the elephants are grown by the camp.
We have visited the camp three times, each time being dazzled by the amazing elephants. Some are talented painters, they play soccer, they are wonderful to ride. Watching their bath time in the river is a treat. This year we were enchanted by a four day old baby elephant!! It is one of our favorite places to visit in Thailand.