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Mae Malai

Mae Malai (Thailand)

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2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 mins from Chang Mai by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Mae Malai

María José Alfonso Fernández Travel writer
58 travel articles

Chiang Mai, the province of northern Thailand, is home to the small village of Mae Malai.

My suggestion:
Try to exchange a few words with the locals, they are very interesting.

The most visited areas in Thailand are always the centre and the south. Mae Malai, located further north, shows the true character of Thailand, without the saturation of mass tourism. The local market is a treat in all senses, you will see, feel, and, if you wish, even see the spices and try typical food (be careful of the spice!).

As for Mae Malai's main attraction, the elephant training camp, I couldn't be more against it. There are other places in Thailand where these magnificent animals are treated with respect and are looked after carefully, in Kananchanburi for example.

I would like to emphasise that the backs of the these creatures isn't designed to withstand the weight of two people as well as seats, so when you travel on an elephant's back you cause them irreparable damage. I strongly advise against going to this place.

Typical Thai cuisine in a market