Welcome to Elephant Village..
Spread along the River Kwai Noi in Kanchanaburi province. There’s a little elephant camp where Karen and Burmese mahouts are living in…No baby elephants are trained to perform the shows. No old elephants working…Mahouts don’t hook elephants just for fun.. No souvenir shops…but a lot of welcoming smiles from the little kids playing and giggling around…
This camp offers you a ride and a bath..as well as bamboo rafting..
They welcome you no matter what you would do these activities or not, just feeding elephants or making donation would be appreciated. Nothing compulsory here..
But if you would want to do..whatever..we can be sure that you won’t be disappointed!!
Ride or Bath?..
Elephant ride is a routine job for elephants. It’s better for one who doesn’t want to get wet…but it’s really hot.. you will siton the wooden bench..not a problem for anyone who has a knee problem.
But if you really love to try something fun and adventurous.. Giving them a bath is much much better. It has been voted to be the highlight of many tourists’journeys!!!!
Elephants will love it just as much as you do..and you will have once-in-a-lifetime experience to remember fondly for good..
Your adventure begins with hand feeding these lovely elephants. Saying hello and bribing them with bananas…telling them to be nice with you…
After that, take a short ride on bare back with the mahouts down to the river. Appreciate the beauty of this countryside..it’s a bit scary walking down the hill for the first timer one..
You will wash them…bathe with them…brush their ears, head, back and butt. (Ha!). The mahouts will play games with you and the elephants.
Let’s see who will win..
You will see human-like behaviour from the elephants, you will get to understand their amazing sense of humour and see the love between the mahouts and the elephants.
You washed them and then they will wash you…
The elephants will toss you around..splash water with you...they don’t want you to be the winner..if you can stay long enough on their backs..you might get to hear the elephants laugh!!
The scenery at the river is absolutely beautiful. The water is crystal clear (depends on the season) and cold enough to be refreshing.
Your guide will be more than happy to take photos for you from your own cameras.. Making video is recommended as it can revive your amazing experience.
Take it from people who have been and who would do anything to go back again and again..
But you will have a funny looking walk…the day after!!! (Ha!)
What to prepare?
1. Swimming skill (Ha!)
2. Swim wears and towels.
3. Elephant hair could be rough, wear shorts or long shorts for sensitive skin.
4. Cameras and Video Cameras with spare batteries.
5. One-day contact lenses as glasses can be lost while washing the elephants.
6. No jewelry worn.
7. Plastic bags to keep your wet clothes.
8. Waterproof sunscreen.
- Elephant ride or bath costs 700 baht / pax.
- This can be included for any program going to Kanchanaburi province.