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May 9, 2006 - Lampang - Mahout Elephant Training

Helen's life time ambition is to become a Mahout. This is the name of those trained and certified to look after elephants. Mahouts are assigned to an elephant (usually for life) to look after, ensure he or she is fed enough and can live a generally healthy life. Thailand has very few wild elephants and therefore there are no re-introduction programmes to the wild. The next best thing is the rescue programme which is run by the Lampang Elephant Hospital, where elephants are rescued from jobs in bangkok and other large towns where they are...

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Feb 16, 2006 - Elephants, Elephants and more Elephants!!!

Arrived on the overnight train and everyone was so excited about heading to the Elephant Center. Walked around Lampang looking for some breakfast. Sat at one place and after looking at the menu decided we didn't want noodles or soup for breakfast. So got on a taxi for the 33km trip to the Elephants. At the park we headed to the Information Center where we met the organiser and filled in some forms and were given our mahout suit. Blue fisherman pants and a blue shirt. A mahout is an elephant trainer. We had the best time on the elephants....

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Feb 16, 2006 - Elephant Conservation Center bei Lampang

Eigentlich wollten wir nach Lampang, einer kleinen Stadt ca. 100 km suedlich von Chiang Mai, die uns von zwei britischen Touristen als sehr schoen beschrieben worden ist. Wir sind aber im Elephant Conservation Center ausserhalb der Stadt haengen geblieben und haben da den Tag verbracht. Die Arbeit mit den Elefanten ist hier - wo es wesentlich weniger Touristen gibt als im Mae Sa-Tal in der Naehe von Chiang Mai - weniger zirkusartig und dadurch umso interessanter. Die Elefanten-Show, die es auch hier gibt, ist eher Teil des taeglichen...

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Dec 5, 2005 - Lampang

Dec.1: Lampang: Riverside Guest House, reasonable, clean, quiet, friendly and they speak English. This is a memorable day because we spent 6 hours at the internet trying unsuccessfully to down load pictures to this website!!! Nothing more to say that is printable. Dec.2: Tour to the Elephant Conservation Centre, Markets and Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang. The Centre is the best elephant training centre in the world and it's main objective is to conserve the Thai elephant, promote ecotourism and care for sick elephants. They also provide the...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Bossing Around Thai Elephants

Copyright 2005 David Rich 1200 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com 40 Thai Baht=$1 B O S S I N G A R O U N D T H A I E L E P H A N T S I can identify with kids who hunger to join the circus. Personally, I've always wanted to boss around elephants. When I stumbled onto the website for a mahout school an hour south of Chiang Mai, Thailand, I knew I'd found my ideal back-up profession: elephant trainer supreme. I grabbed the Elephant Conservation Center's first available three-day course, arriving with half a dozen excited students: a young German...

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Jul 17, 2005 - Chiang Mai to Lampang!!

We had a couple of days back in Chiang Mai catching up on washing and internet etc. On Thursday when we were in the internet cafe it started to rain, and it rained and it rained and it kept raining. The intersection that the cafe is on was flooded and cars and tuktuk's were conking out from the water, it was pretty amazing. I think it rained for about three hours. Friday we caught a bus to Lampang, a couple of hours South of Chiang Mai. We were going to go to the Elephant Conservation Camp on Saturday but I was sick, so we just had a...

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Jan 12, 2005 - Lampang, Thailand

Well, there's not much to tell about Lampang. It's a large northern town. We spent two days there, and didn't do much of interest. We did see a pretty good Thai cover band playing American hits from the 80s and 90s. Since there's not much to write about Lampang, let us tell you about the restaurant we ate at before we left Mae Sot. It was owned and designed by an Thai botanist and made to replicated being in the deep jungle. The place was full of beautiful and unique plants. Even the bathroom felt like being in the Amazon. Check out the...

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Jan 10, 2005 - Lampang -- The Thai Elephant Conservation Center

We chose to visit Lampang so that we could spend time with elephants. This is a place dedicated to the preservation of these beautiful beasts. The centre provides a refuge, a place for training elephant trainers, and a hospital to treat sickness and injury. We learned about this center from reading the Lonely Planet, but had difficulty making contact with them, as we could not find a telephone number until we arrived in Lampang. We went out at 6:30 in the morning to participate in the one day program. When we arrived, there was no one in...

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Sep 5, 2004 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - Elephant Conservation Center & Chiang Dao Caves

This is a long one.... So we arrived at the Thailand Elephant Conservation Centre ( www.chiangthai.com ) for what was meant to be 10 days spent learning all about these beautiful animals & how to be a mahout. Very simply, mahout means 'the driver and keeper of an elephant.' The bond between many mahouts & their elephants are quite strong, although as with any human bond, abuse does unfortunately happen. When we arrived (dropped off by the side of the road by local bus) we were taken quite deep into the camp where there were a few small,...

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