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Adventure in the Hills
Chiang Mai offers its guests a perfect holiday experience. For the adventurous, the surrounding hills offer some of Asia's best trekking in pristine natural surroundings. Why not ride through the jungle oon an elephant and visit stunning waterfalls?

Mae Kok Elephant Camp is located at a Karen Hill Tribe village on the Mae Kok river bank in Chiang Rai province. Tourists wishing to explore the forest and visit the Karen village can take elephant rides from the camp. For more information contact the TAT Northern Office, Region 2, (053) 717-433 744-674/5.

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp, located on the Chiang Mai-Fang road at kilometre 56, has elephant shows by working animals hauling logs from the forest, and elephant riding along the Ping riverbank. For more details, contact telephone (053) 298-553.

Elephant Conservation Centre is under the supervision of the Northern Forestry Department, Forestry Industry Organisation at Tung Kwian on the Lampang-Lamphun highway at kilometre 25-26. More details may be obtained from (052) 227-051 or 227-544.

Umphang Elephant Camp is in a Kar en village where Hill Tribe folk earn their living raising around forty elephants for trekking and riding.For more information call the TAT Northern Office, Region 4 ontelephone (055) 514-341/3.

Sangkhla Buri is a district on the Thai-Burmese border in Kanchanaburi province. Elephants here are raised by Karen Hill Tribes for working purposes. When not working, they are available to tourists to ride in the forest at Sangkhla and by the Noi river. Call the TAT Central Office, Region I on (034) 511200 for more details.

Ayutthaya Elephant Camp is located at Khum Khun Paen next to Wat Mongkonbophit. Elephants take visitors to view architectural sites and the island. For more information contact the TAT Central Office, Region 6 on telephone (035) 246-067 / 7.

Elephant Village at Ban Ta Klang, Tha Turn district, Surin province is where ethnic Khmer villagers keep elephants and conduct rites involving these large beasts. The elephants are used for the annual Elephant Round-Up held in Surin. For more information call TAT North-Eastern office : Region I Tel: (044) 213666,213030 Fax (044) 213667.

Phuket Elephants are specially trained for riding in the rubber plantations on the island. For more details please call TAT Southern Office, Region 4 on telephone (076) 211-036, 212-213 or 217-138.

Krungching Elephants are raised to work and, as a sideline, serve tourists' needs for rides in the rain forest on a route parallel with Klong Klai, close to the Khao Luang National Park, Nakhon Si Thammarat. For details, please call TAT Southern Office, Region 2 on telephone (075) 346-515/6.

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