If you don't have time to visit the actual tribal villages in the Thai mountains, you can visit the Maesa Elephant Camp and take an elephant ride through the jungle to spend a few hours at Baan Tong Luang- a Hill Tribe cultural preservation village. Here you will see villagers from the Lahu Tribe, Hmong Tribe, Palong Tribe and the famous Karen Long Neck Tribe. Members of these tribes have been imported to provide visitors with an opportunity to see the culture and way of life of Hill Tribe people and provide an opportunity for the tribes to earn income by selling their textiles. The village is also accessible by road for an entry fee of 500 baht; there's no additional fee for entry through the elephant camp.
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While spending a delightful day at Maesa Elephant Camp near Chiang Mai, Thailand, we came to an area where we could visit with some of the elephants. One of the handlers (called "mahouds") invited me to sit with an elephant for a picture. As soon as I did, two more elephants rushed over and began to give me kisses! I was both thrilled and scared to death at the same time! It was sensational! My husband, Tom, caught the action at the perfect moment.