Just before we left Thailand we visited a couple of places where elephants like to hang out!
One was located just outside Chiang Mai and called Elephant Nature Park and here they do a sterling job in providing a sanctuary and rescue centre for mistreated and abused elephants. The other was close to Lampang (about 2 hours away from Chiang Mai) and called The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. This one was very different from Elephant Nature Park and offered Mahout Courses and put on a daily ‘Elephant show’ in which the elephant performed various tricks such as playing football and painting. Both were interesting in their own way and as we both like elephants this blog is dedicated to nice ‘ooh and aah’ pictures of the big, lovable lumps!