Remote Km. 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway, Hang Chat, Lampang, 52190, Wiang Tan, Hang Chat District, Lampang 52190, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Thai Elephant Conservation Center is special ?
Thai Elephant Conservation Center promotes the role of the Asian elephant in ecotourism. In addition to the shows, there is an exhibit on the history and culture of elephants, an elephant art gallery, an elephant graveyard, and elephant rides through the surrounding forest. All proceeds from the entrance fee and souvenir shops go to the on-site elephant hospital, which cares for old, abandoned and sick elephants from all over Thailand, as well as supporting research and breeding programs.
How to get to Thai Elephant Conservation Center?
Located between Km 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway in Hang Chat, Lampang. You can catch a bus either way, book a roundtrip through a guesthouse or travel agent in Chiang Mai, or go by your own steam -- it's a lovely motorbike ride or drive.
- The best place to see elephants for those on a budget
- Very reasonable price and family friendly
- Very educational and interesting
- Dream come true, wonderful place
- Very well looked after elephants
Km. 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway, Hang Chat, Lampang, 52190, Wiang Tan, Hang Chat District, Lampang 52190, Thailand
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Absolutely loved every second. Amazing place for elephants. Booked a private tour with Viator. Our guide Bat (Mr Jo driver) was excellent. Fed them 20B for food, watched them bathe, skills show incl. them painting, elephant ride 250B pp, lovely lunch then stopped at elephant sculpture craft house on way back and colour factory where you could paint a ceramic elephant. Elephants are so well cared for and not pushed to their limits. Incredible place and really must visit. If I was an elephant I would want to live here!
5 of us took a songkow from the Lampang train station to the conservation center for a total of 600 bhat and the driver offered to stay while we enjoyed the day so that we could have a songkow waiting for us when we were finished (so he could make another 600). Once there tickets were 200 bhat for the elephant show which included a ride into the conservation area. When entering the small show ground there were two booths selling either a bunch of bananas for 20 bhat or a bucket of random goodies like sugar cane for 50 baht. The show started promptly and drew a fairly large crowd of mostly locals and their children, but there were a few other tourists like us. My friend and I ended up getting picked to play a game of catch with the elephants which was amazing. All in all it was a ton of fun and its very safe, compared to one I did in Chiang Mai a few days after. If you have the time afterwards definitely go and see the baby elephants by the elephant hospital, they are adorable.