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"We chose the TECC due to the fact that it is much more humane than many of the other animal activities in Thailand (Tiger Kingdom and nearly every other elephant involved activity). It proved to be just that. The elephants were treated very well and seemed to be very happy. We did the 2 day elephant..." trekking experience. It was an incredibly fun and up close experience. The second day we woke up early to go out into the jungle to collect our elephant and the elephants seemed very happy to see us. It was very beautiful and I can only imagine what it would be like not in the dry season! It's a little bit more pricey than most, but well worth it. Our experience was only amplified by our fantastic guide/cook/translator, Mango. He is truly a special young kid and such a pleasure to be with during our two days. Would not have been as enjoyable without him.
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"I had hoped to do the 3 day mahout training course, but I came to Thailand too late and they had stopped for the season.
I ended up visiting for one day. There were MAYBE 20 other people in the entire elephant conservation while I was there. It was a nice experience and the elephants seemed to ..."be happy. But the day trip did not include much more than you could see in a zoo at home.
The most exciting part of this trip for me, was watching the elephants paint pictures. They can all be purchased afterwards for around $15 USD.
Getting to this place seems a little tricky at first glance. I took a green bus from the Arcade bus station in Chiang Mai to Lampang and hopped off at the elephant conservation center When I was done, I waited out front for a bus headed in the opposite direction (ANY bus) and took that directly back to Chiang Mai. If you don't mind spending a lot extra to have someone hold your hand all the way to the door, you could hire a driver.
On one final n...
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