If you come to Chiang Mai and go to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, you'll have to ride the elephants. We were warned that the 30 minute ride was long enough, no need to go the full hour. I agree. It's not the most comfortable ride ever; I don't know how those who used to trek all over Thailand on these things did it. Beats walking, I suppose. Still, it was fun and interesting, like being on the top floor of a skyscraper swaying around during a hurricane.