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"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, this camp claims to have developed an expertise in the field of elephant breeding, training, healthcare and sustainable tourism.

The Camp is home to one of the largest assembly of elephants in the north of Thailand. A total of six tons of grass, bananas and sugarcane that go to feed the elephants in the camp daily are grown by the camp.

Of the many things demonstrated in the ‘Elephant Show’ orgainsed daily in the camp, painting of many abstract and realistic pictures by the elephants is perhaps the most interesting. Maesa Elephant Camp claims to be the only place in the world showing the painting of realistic pictures by elephant artists. The best of such paintings are displayed & sold in a gallery inside the camp. Paintings are sold at prices upto 1500 Thai Bahts

Just for records, a group of the eight artist elephants in the Maesa Elephant Camp created a 2.40 metres wide and12 metres long painting entitled “Cold Wind, Swirling Mist, Charming Lanna” which the Ripley's Believe It Or Not and the Guinness World Records acknowledged as “the Largest Painting by a Group of Elephants” and “the Most Expensive Painting by A Group of Elephants” respectively.

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