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September 17, 2019

Bodhi Tahtaung camp to offer elephant rides starting 14 July

Elephants seen at conservation camp in the Bodhi Tahtaung sacred place in Monywa Township, Sagaing Region. Photo: Win Oo (Zeyar Tine)

The Bodhi Tahtaung elephant camp will launch a seven-furlong elephant ride with five elephants on 14 July in the Monywa Timber Enterprise region, according to U Zaw Win Thein, Assistant General Manager, Monywa Timber Enterprise.
“We have arranged a trip starting from the camp and ending at the sitting Buddha image. Visitors can enjoy the natural scenic views of Bodhi Tahtaung by riding the elephants,” said U Zaw Win Thein.
The camp has seven elephants.
The entrance fee has been fixed at K1,000 for local visitors and K10,000 for foreign visitors. An elephant ride will cost K5,000 for locals (except monks and nuns) and K10,000 for foreigners. Large fans will be offered so visitors are comfortable in hot weather.
“Currently, visitors can observe the elephants and feed them,” said U Zaw Win Thein. “We will allow bathing of elephants later,” he said.
The camp will have a circus with elephants, and display elephant skeletons to the public.
A restaurant decorated with recycled items will offer food at a reasonable price at the camp. The pictures displayed in the restaurant will show how elephants were used in successive eras, with captions in two languages, English and Myanmar.
A mahout village has been recreated so that visitors can enjoy and observe their lifestyle. — Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

(Translated by La Wonn)

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