There was a time when it was guaranteed that you would see an elephant, baby or adult or sometimes both, walking the streets in Bangkok. But due to international pressure from animal rights activists firstly elephants were taken off the streets in the daytime due to the hot floor burning their feet and the finally off the streets altogether. Occasionally you will see the rare site of an elephant on the street due to their handlers breaking the law, but precautions have been put in place to take away their profits with fines for tourists who feed an elephant on the street. These days if you want to see an elephant close up it’s best to see them at a nature reserve or elephant camp and with plenty of elephant camps in Thailand there is plenty of chance to do so.
One of the most famous elephant camps in Thailand is the Wang Po elephant camp in the wonderful and picturesque province of Kanchanaburi which is also home to ‘the Bridge over the River Kwai’ and the infamous Death Railway. Our tours to Wang Po elephant camp are a truly educational experience with camp offering Mahout training, where you can learn how to handle and take care of elephants like a true Thai mahout with a chance to bathe them in the river and go elephant trekking.
The Mahout training courses at Wang Po elephants camp teach you to work with and look after these amazing animals properly and allow you to gain intimate experience with these enormous pachyderm. If you are interesting in volunteering to work with elephants in the North of Thailand or other countries but have never had first hand experience then a visit to this elephant camp in Kanchanaburi just three hours out of Bangkok is a great place to get your feet wet.
These educational tours are brought to you by the Thailand Tour Centre a quality western run Travel Agents and Tour company. The Thailand Tour Centre has been specialising in Private tours for nearly ten years picking you up from your hotel and taking you to these popular tour destinations in Thailand by luxury minivan, with an option to upgrade to a limousine tour. We 1 day, 2 days and 3 day tours to the Tiger Temple and Elephant camp, find out more on these tours to the Wang Po Elephant Camp by visiting our site.