Three of Chiang Mai’s elephant camps have announced they will be staging activities to celebrate Thailand’s National Elephant Day on Wednesday. The three camps honouring the country’s national animal are the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, Mae Sa Elephant Camp and Mae Taeng Elephant Park.
At the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre near Lampang, the party begins tomorrow with elephant shows. These will take place between 09:00 and 15:00. From 08:00 to 12:00 on Wednesday, an elephant parade will be followed by a khantoke style buffet feast for the pachyderms.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp’s festivities will kick off at 13:00 on the 13th with a show performed by Tongluang hilltribe village people. Half-an-hour later, the elephants themselves will take centre stage when they get stuck into their khantoke lunch. The grand finale here is an elephant rite and demonstration of the creative skills of the elephants at painting unique pictures.
The organisers of Elephant Day festivities at Mae Taeng Elephant Park have not so far confirmed an exact timetable, but say elephant themed celebrations will start at 13:00.
March 13th has been Thailand’s National Elephant Day since 1998 and was chosen to mark the then 35th anniversary of the elevation of the white elephant to the status of national symbol.