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Pack Your Trunk for an Elephant Camp Tour 21 Feb 2013 Explore | 1 comments

The elephant is respected in Myanmar; it is an animal of historical and cultural significance, at the same time existing as a vital part of everyday Burmese life.


Ride the elephants at Myaing Hay Wun | Source: http://ayudamyanmartravel.com

Elephants are used for transportation, tourism, agriculture, and in ceremonial and religious functions. Over the past 200 years, Myanmar (Burma) has used elephants on a large scale in the timber industry where they drag felled timber from the cutting area to roads or rivers. This is still a vital part of the Burmese economy.

Numerous Tours

Luckily for the tourist eager to truly immerse himself in the culture and environment of the majestic elephant, there are numerous tours available to Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp. Located in southern Myanmar in Taikkyi Township about 2 hours from Yangon, Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp is home to 28 elephants. Myanmar (Burma) has more elephant experts than any other Asian country and leads the world in elephant management, veterinary care, and mahout skills. Established in 1986, the camp is primarily deciduous forest and covers an area of 10 acres. There are 5 double lodges built in Burmese design to accommodate visitors.

The park gives a visitor the wonderful opportunity to trek with the elephants through the beautiful virgin forest, and to watch as they bathe and play. Visitors are allowed to come face to face with them and feed them bananas.

Mahout Trainers

Mahout trainers show how these majestic creatures learn to work with fallen timber. Myanmar has more elephant experts than any other Asian country and leads the world in elephant management, veterinary care, and mahout skills.


Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Camp entrance | Source: http://www.panoramio.com/

Perhaps its title as “elephant camp” is slightly misleading, for while the opportunity to observe and learn about elephants is fascinating, the park is also home to Guar, Banteng, deer, wild boar, snakes, lizards and an array of bird life. Furthermore anyone interested in mountaineering should know the 1,228-foot-high Seindaung hill is 15 miles from the camp. One-night expeditions can be arranged.

Don’t forget to visit the beautiful marshy Lahamange Lake, which is located about 5 miles from the camp. Migratory bird-watching can be arranged during the winter.

Myaing Hay Wun is certainly a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, a place where you can slow your pace and take a break from the demands of sightseeing. The unspoiled natural forests and wildlife give visitors an appreciation for Burmese daily life and rural Myanmar.

Moreover the opportunity to enter the home of the magnificent elephant is a pleasure in itself.


If you're on your way and are looking for a place to stay in Myanmar, be sure to check out our featured hotel recommendations.

Start exploring our What to See & Do section for more ideas on where to go and what to do while you're in Myanmar!

What do the travelers say?

Franco, Italy
April 03, 2013
sign me up, love riding elephants in SEAsia! tour around Burma on a elephant, gotta try that!

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