It is a bit hard to find, but foreign visitors are discovering the Pho Kyar Elephant Camp situated at the foothills of the Bago Yoma mountain range in the Saing Ya tropical reserved forest, 10 miles away from west of Thargaya near the Yoma crossing road.
The Pho Kyar elephant camp was opened in 2005 after elephants were employed due to suspension of timber extraction, said U Ye Myint, an in-charge of the elephant camp.
“Last year, over 1,000 local and over 100 tourists visited to the Pho Kyar elephant camp. Some of the local people visited to the elephant camp mostly on Saturdays and Sundays,”he added.
The Phoe Kyar elephant camp is 173 miles from the Yangon-Mandalay highway. The admission fees are Ks 1,000 for local people and Ks 20,000 for foreigners.
Tourists can take an elephant ride from 8-11am and from 3-5pm daily. The elephant riding fee is Ks 5,000 for local people and Ks 20,000 for foreigner.
Currently, 12 elephants are living in the Pho Kyar elephant camp.