In a small town on the northwest side of Lampang there's a village called Thung Kwian. At the edge of this village you'll find the Elephant Conservation Center. Here we staid for 3 days to join a mahouttraining together with Mark and Peggy a Dutch couple we met in Laos and with whome we crossed the border to Thailand. After a warm welcome we got our working outfit and we got introduced to our personal trainer. My trainer was called Lai. He introduced me to Pang Kod a huge female elephant of 21 years old. Mayke was introduced to Look Khang a 10 year old elephant. They gave us a small piece of paper where several commands in Thai were written on. The first day was great!! These giants are so friendly and careful while people are standing around them, amazing!! At half past three in the afternoon we jumped on the elephants and brought them back into the jungle.
Here they will sleep for about 4 hours. In the center you'll find a hospital for elephants too. They do a great job here. The first day we learned a few commands already. Hop on by the elephants leg, hop off over his head etc etc. At 6 in the morning we had to pick the elephants up out of the jungle and back in the camp they were washed in a pond. We were not allowed to wash them because it was to crowded in the pond and accidents could easely happen. After washing the elephants we had breakfast and the training began for that day. At the third day it was showtime!! They expected a large audience because it was a feastday in Thailand. The show went very well and we showed the people what we had learned in those three days, it was awsome an experience we'll never forget!!! Enjoy the photos of our great adventure!!!