Chiang Mai’s best known elephant camp is putting the finishing touches to preparations for Thailand’s National Elephant Day celebrations on Monday. Since 1998, the 13 March has been dedicated to the Thai elephant population. Camps and wildlife centres honour the creatures with blessings ceremonies, fruit and veggie feasts, and special shows and parades.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp is the foremost elephant facility in the province of Chiang Mai. The camp has just released the timetable for its 2017 Elephant Day activities. Chiang Mai governor Pawin Chamniprasart will open the ceremonies at 13:00. This speech will be followed by an elephant parade and then by an elephant Khantoke buffet.
Between 14:45 and 16:00, elephant shows will demonstrate the ability of elephants in painting and other unusual skills. Hilltribes from the Mae Sa Valley’s Baan Tong Luang Village will give traditional cultural performances too.
The eighteenth Thai Elephant Day falls on Monday 13th March 2017. Mae Sa Elephant Camp is 25kms to the north of Chiang Mai Old City. As it is not on public bus routes, the best options for travel are to join a guided tour or to hire a tuktuk or a red songthaew taxi for the occasion.