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Pang Chang, Chiang Mai
In Chiang Mai, there are plenty of elephant sanctuaries or Pang Chang where visitors can enjoy showering elephants in the swamp or observe how the hauling equipments are mounted on their backs. Elephants in logging operations and elephant shows are open daily.
Here are details regarding elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai. Tapae Mae Ta-man is in Mae Rim district. To get here, drive along Highway No. 107 for 43 kilometers, then make a left turn and continue for 7 kilometers. Call 0 5329 7060.
Pang Chang Mae Taeng is located in Mae Taeng district and can be reached from the similar route to Tapae Mae Ta-man. It is 9 kilometers from the entrance and just opposite Mae Ta-man temple. Call 0 5384 4818.
Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center in Chiang Dao district is situated around KM 56. If driving from Chiang Mai, you will find it on your right. The center trains young elephants on logging skills, but it is open to the public twice every day at 9:00 and 10:00 am. Admission fee is 60 baht for adults and 30 for kids. Call 0 5329 8553 or 0 5386 2037.
Pang Chang Mae Sa in Mae Rim district is located at KM 10 on Mae Rim – Samoeng route. It opens daily from 7:30 to 14:30. Visitors can enjoy elephant rides and watch elephant shows 3 times a day at 8:00, 9:40 and 13:30. Admission fee is 120 baht for adults and 80 for kids. The center also provides mahout training courses and accommodation as well. To contact, please call 0 5320 6247-8, 08 9838 4242; fax 0 5320 6247; email maesaele@loxinfo.co.th; or visit www.maesaelephantcamp.com
Pang Chang ELE (Elephant Life Experience) is located in Mae Ta-man village, Mae Taeng district. Here visitors will be drawn closest together to elephants during the mahout training session, which includes hopping on and off elephant back. The center offers elephant rides that allow you to admire the natural beauty of Mae Ta-man valleys and Mae Taeng river banks. Visitors can enjoy 3 meals in natural setting surrounded by a herd of elephants and can take them to shower. You can take part in art activities with elephants and gain a first-hand experience of mahout’s daily life. Additionally, there are facilities suitable for wedding ceremony, party or seminar. For further information, please call 08 1724 4211 or email anchaleeele@gmail.com
Apart from the above-mentioned, there are many more elephant sanctuaries. Pang Chang Pong Yeang is situated in Mae Rim district and is on the similar road to get to Kangsadarn Resorts (KM 18). Patara Elephant Farm in Ban Pong subdistrict, Hang Dong district has been established to increase the amount of elephants in Thailand and to provide decent living conditions for them. Visitors are allowed to attend the mahout training session which involves elephant care, showering and giving commands. Moreover, the farm offers elephant rides to the waterfall, elephant trekking and a trip to hill tribe villages. For further information, please call 08 1992 2551 or 08 1671 0958; email pat_theerapat@hotmail.com; visit www.pataraelephantfarm.com
Mae Win Forest Department is considered a good option as well. To get there, drive along Highway No. 108 (Chiang Mai – Hod route) for approximately 23 kilometers. Then, turn right to enter Highway No. 1013 (Sanpatong – Bokaew route) and continue until reaching KM 22. Rafting services and elephant rides can be found sporadically along the road. Visitors can admire the woodlot, as well as visit Hmong and Karen villages. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views and verdancy of Wang River which runs along the foothill facing Doi Inthanon National Park. You can contact some rafting service providers directly. For example, Lung Mee’s Mae Wang rafting dock in Sanpatong district is located 24 kilometers away from Sapatong T-junction towards Ban Kard subdirtrict. This rafting dock also offers elephant trekking and Mae Wang River sightseeing tour. The river flows all year round, so you can pay a visit every day from 9:00 onwards.

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