Chiang Mai Monkey Centre, Mae Rim

#6 of 8 in Wildlife in Mae Rim
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Chiang Mai Monkey Centre is an animal park and training camp hosting macaques. During your visit, take a short walk around the premises and view monkeys, which are chained to trees. Shows take place regularly throughout the day. During the show, you can meet and touch the monkeys as well as watch them perform tricks like shooting basketballs and retrieving coconuts. To visit Chiang Mai Monkey Centre and get the most from your holiday in Mae Rim, create itinerary details personal to you using our Mae Rim day trip planner.
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  • Came as a tour package. Small place. The show was short and quite entertaining. Sam the monkey was cute. But I cannot help but noticed the monkeys were chained at the neck and tugged during the show.....  more »
  • they treat the monkeys like slaves. if the poor monkey misses one shot to the basket she is immediately punished... You can see their frustration and despair in their eyes. They are kept in 2sqm...  more »
  • Went for a ride on a scooter today from Chiang Mai and saw the monkey attraction sign on the side of the road. We decided to stop and see them (thinking it was a zoo). Instead we watched a very disturbing show with monkeys chained up doing tricks. This place should be shutdown. I feel terrible I even paid for that. I wanted to get up and leave from the beginning... I felt awful for the monkeys for the rest of the day. This country needs to shut this place down, seriously.
  • Man, I wish I had read reviews of this place before i went, because it really bummed me out, and it’s been hard to wash the sight of poor little monkeys in tiny cages just going crazy with boredom out of my mind. Several were just frantically trying to run around the tiny 3 ft by 2 ft cage they were stuck in ALL day. Honestly, I’m glad they don’t hide this fact from tourists, and keep them somewhere out of sight so you wouldn’t know about the abuse. But it’s not even just the terrible living conditions, it’s how the monkeys are treated by the “trainers.” They are trotted around on chains with a slim metal collar around their necks, which the trainers yank constantly- the monkeys were visibly bothered by this and would try to take the chain away from the trainers when this happened. I wanted to walk out as soon as I saw the horrid living conditions, but unfortunately I wouldn’t have gotten my money I contributed to this abuse back. They state very clearly at the entrance: “No refunds.” I have to wonder how many other people wanted to leave as well. Poor babies :(
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