used to be a major form of transport before the rivers and roads were
discovered. They are still used these days especially in Thailand's dense
forest and broad rivers where it is virtually impassable by other modern
modes of transport. One of the best way to explore Thailand's natural
wonders and be at one with mother nature is by elephants!
can experience elephant riding and arrange for an elephant tour at the
many elephant camps around the country. One such example is the Mae Kok
Elephant Camp located at a Karen Hill Tribe village on the Mae Kok river
bank in Chiang Rai district. Tourists wishing to explore the forest and
visit the Karen village can take elephant rides from this camp. Umphang
Elephant camp is another such camp in a Karen village. Here, Hill-tribe
folk earn their living raising around forty elephants for trekking and
riding. In Sangkhla Buri, a district on the Thai-Burmese border in Kanchanaburi
province, elephants are raised for working purposes. When not working,
they are available to visitors to ride in the forest at Sangkhla and by
the Noi river.
Ayutthaya Elephant Camp
is located at Khum Khun Paen next to Wat Mongkonbophit. Elephants here
take visitors to view architectural sites and the island. At the Chiang
Dao Elephant Camp, there are elephant shows by working animals hauling
logs from the forest. Elephant riding is also available for rides along
the Ping riverbank.
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