Thai Elephant Research and Conservation Centre

Ride an elephant for a good cause

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What we say: 4 stars

Situated on Thanarat Rd a few km before the Khao Yai gates, the Khao Yai branch of the Thai Elephant Research Centre offers elephant rides for 300B per hour with all proceeds going to the Centre itself.

It carries out a number of positive projects throughout the country aimed at protecting and conserving wild Thai elephants, their natural habitats, and the local people who have lived among them for centuries.

The elephant ride takes visitors fairly far behind the centre into lush jungle. If not quite ready to hop on one of these always impressive beasts, you can feed them and snap photos back at headquarters. Donations are much appreciated.

More details
a few km before the Khao Yai gates
http://www.thaielephants.org
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 - 17:00
Last updated: 3rd December, 2014

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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