What to do and see in Mae Wang, Thailand: The Best Places and Tips

December 29, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Discover the best top things to do in Mae Wang, Thailand including Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Pha Chor, Doi Inthanon, Kew Mae Pan, Gachorgwa Elephant Camp, Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda, Tong Bai Elephant Tour, The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon, Mae Wang Elephant Camp, Mae Wang National Park.

1. Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community

Mae Wang 50360, Thailand +66 62 956 9941
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5 based on 148 reviews

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community is a new project in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Our simple aim is to provide safe home for rescued elephants in a way that involves the local community and to promote pesticide free farming. Thanks for supporting us♥

Reviewed By Vivien G

I booked the half day tour to the Maeklang elephant sanctuary after it was recommended from my hostel and didn’t regret it for a minute! First you will get some information about the elephant’s history and change into traditional clothes provided by them (very convenient since elephants love dirt).
You will have plenty of time to meet and feed the elephants, get to know their spirit and take awesome pictures of course ;) Afterwards you will join them for a very muddy bath to clean them and play with them which was a very unique and amazing experience for me and the whole group!
Also big thanks to our tour guide Tua, you did a great job! Loved it ❤️

2. Pha Chor

Mae Wang National Park, Doi Lo 50160, Thailand +66 83 005 0383
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Pha Chor

Reviewed By Chul S

A must to visit. Hidden gem of natural wonder from powerful erosive of water on geological formation. Very much look alike Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA but they give a "Thailand Grand Canyon" to "Pha Chor". Only 70-80 minutes drive from downtown Chiang Mai providing that there is no traffic jam- so you have to depart Chiang Mai before 6.30 am. If you are driving google, do nit follow the route that is dirt road. The new asphalt & concreat road is now finished and it leads all tge way to the office, entrance of Mae Wang Natural Park , then to parking area of Pha Chor. (But if you can't find tge road, tge dirt road recommend by google would do but it would take around 30 minutes ibstead of 10 minutes! And dirt road is fine for a small sedan. Once you are at parking, Utilities Sala, walk down tge hills on step provided for hundreds metre then follow the path another 15-20 minutes. It' s not difficult to get there, just onky on the way back that you have to use yiur energy ang leg strength to climb up hundreds step of stairs. The cliff (translate from Thai name) is discovered by an officer of the Natural and resources department some 5 years ago. Very beautiful and good stunning background for both who kikes to selfie to serious phitographer. Entrance fee onky 20 bht oer person and 30 bht per vehicle. Restroom is fine. Drunks are available at Utilities Sala. Don't miss it !

3. Doi Inthanon

119 Moo 7 | Ban Luang Subdistrict, Doi Inthanon National Park 50160, Thailand +66 53 286 728
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Doi Inthanon

Reviewed By Mike M

Doi Inthanon National Park is very known in Thailand as it is the location of the Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagodas ... there is a ฿300 admission fee for foreigners and an additional ฿40 to visit the Pogadas ... it's not the best place to visit during the rainy season and when there are very high smoke haze levels ... probably best to take a day tour as the driving is fatiguing and a bit dangerous to drivers unfamiliar with the roads ... lots of Waterfalls to see however the tourist spots can get crowded in the high season

4. Kew Mae Pan

Doi Inthanon, Chom Thong 50160, Thailand
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Kew Mae Pan

Reviewed By Mischa K - Canberra, Australia

You can only do this walk with a local guide. Aside from the guides being unnecessary as the track is self explanatory, our guide spoke no English and had a revolting and constant cough and was the only annoyance on what was otherwise a very special and memorable shortish walk (lots of up and down steps with 2-4 hours recommended)
You start out in old growth cloud forest, walking among the clouds, with several landscape changes along the way, each as magical as the last.
This walk is really the only place you can get that postcard photo of the twin monuments as a bonus.
If you're lucky and quiet you may see a rare Chinese goral climbing the rock formations.
The walk closes at 4pm to allow time for the last group to finish, and is closed permanently between 1 June and 31 October each year.
I would suggest starting your walk shortly before 4pm to minimise other groups. We were lucky in that regard and largely felt we had the place to ourselves.
If you have only one day on the mountain you will remember this walk for a long time and should try to fit it in.
Take a plastic poncho just in case. The guide had a jacket, as did we, however not needed in May. Due to the elevation the Weather and temp was perfect for a walk, despite being close to 40degrees in Chiang Mai.
There are 20 bi-lingual signs on the circular route which provide details of the main features of the walk.

5. Gachorgwa Elephant Camp

73/2 Baan Nhong Tao | Mae Win Subdistrict, Mae Wang 50300, Thailand
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5 based on 30 reviews

Gachorgwa Elephant Camp

The truly fair Business to all. The Gachorgwa Elephant Camp is proud to be able to offer activities enabling our visitor to acquire the knowledge of the Karen on the care of elephants. The knowledge provided by this camp is accurate and conforms to theories regarding the health of elephants and mahouts and the environment they require.

Reviewed By GL2016 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Went to stay here as part of a trekking experience and was horrified to see two elephants chained to trees on the families land.
The elephants had approximately 1-2 metres of chain and could hardly walk. The elephants were very clearly unhappy, making distress calls and swaying from side to side. What broke my heart the most is the fact that one of the elephants was tugging at the chain on its foot with its trunk trying to get it off. When they were asked if the elephants were let off when there were no tourists there, the answer was no. The climate in this part of Thailand is quite cold at this time of year and the elephants couldn't move to warm themselves up and were making distress calls through the night.
The accommodation was sub standard too. The floor was broken, the building shook and there wasn't even a floor covering to sleep on.
Would not recommend staying here at all. It ruined my whole trekking experience.
We booked it through Doi Inthanon trek. And we had no idea we'd be staying in a place like that.

6. Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda

Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda

Reviewed By Wingecarribee - Canberra, Australia

Pagodas honouring the King and Queen. Peaceful atmosphere in the Mountains. Great views of Mountains and Valleys when a clear day. Previous visits on misty days were still rewarded by seeing the pagodas and Gardens. Set in lovely landscaped Gardens, including much colour. Escalators available if you rather not take the stairs.

7. Tong Bai Elephant Tour

Tong-Bai Foundation | Mae Win, Mae Wang 50100, Thailand
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5 based on 21 reviews

Tong Bai Elephant Tour

The Tong Bai Elephant Tour is organized in cooperation with the Tong Bai Elephant Foundation. It is the most elephant-friendly tour in Thailand.

Reviewed By Charlotte C - London, United Kingdom

We had an amazing time here getting to know elephants in their natural environment. I really liked the fact that there were no silly elephant shows or tricks, it was simply a day to get to know elephants better.
Our guide Tilli was very friendly and knowledgeable.
I certainly see elephants in a different light now, they are very intelligent that have their own personalities. We actually miss Buwi and Maiping :-)
We thoroughly enjoyed this day and can highly recommend the experience!

8. The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon

202 Moo 7 Khun Klang Village, Chom Thong 50160, Thailand 053 -286771-2 ext. 14,15
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon

Reviewed By Cockerdog - Bangkok

The Agriculture station has not only a great restaurant but excellent rooms to rent too. The food is excellent, generous portions and reasonably priced. We rented a room for two nights. They are located a short walk from the restaurant and a buffet breakfast is included. The rooms are very nice and they also offer several large houses too. If you should decide to visit there from Nov thru Feb then room Reservations are a must. And of course the Gardens are fantastic.

9. Mae Wang Elephant Camp

136 Moo 9, Baan Sob-win, Mae Wang 50360, Thailand +66 83 964 3299
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4 based on 65 reviews

Mae Wang Elephant Camp

Reviewed By jshebs1707 - Chicago, Illinois

I was pretty disturbed by it all. I'm not sure if this is normal, my instinct is no, but the elephant ears were shredded at the edges. I saw blood on another elephants ears. The handlers used hooks. The elephants were chained at short lengths. Don't go. I have heard there are extremely humane day trips where you ride the elephants bare backed, bathe them and learn to care for them. This is a longer day trip but I've heard it's worth it.

10. Mae Wang National Park

Km.65, Amphoe Khlong Lan, Mae Wang, Thailand
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Mae Wang National Park

Reviewed By Sirimas M - Bangkok, Thailand

About five hours driving from Bangkok.There are bungalows at the headquarter site. The bungalows are clean, have private batherooms in some rooms.The bungalow back Terrace faces a small stream where you can relax and sip cold drinks while watch for a Crested Kingfisher to fly past. The park headquarter has large open area and big trees -a good site for bird watching. The staff are friendly. There is a displaying board at the office on animals and plants found in the Park There is a small Thai restuarant on site with good food, but you may want to pre-order your meals. You can drive up to Chong Yen Viewpoint about 25+ Km. The view is spectacular and there's a chance to see some rare Hornbills.
There are small biting flies that may cause problems. Long sleeved shirt, long trousers, and shoes are strongly recommened.

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