We decided long ago that we will not knowingly contribute to attractions that exploit people or animals while traveling. We hope this information helps you formulate your own opinion about visiting some controversial sites on your travels. As with any controversial issue, research the subject, and formulate your own opinion so you can make a socially-responsible decision. Elephant TrekkingMany of the treks advertised in Chiang Mai include an elephant ride. Our advice would be to do a little research and decide where you stand on this topic.