If you want to leave the overcrowded and noisy urban area to be closer with nature, Myaing Hay Wun elephant camp is a wonderful place for you.
Situated in Taikkyi Township of Yangon Division, Myaing Hay Wun elephant camp is really a great nature reserve with the abundant wildlife species and vegetation. Travelers will have the opportunity to observer many rare animals such as Wild boar, Gaur, Green Peafowl, Barking deer, Blossom-headed parakeet and especially an elephant camp with large scale. Therefore, Myaing Hay Won elephant camp becomes not only an appealing eco-tourism but also a potential biological research area.
Established in 1986, the camp at the moment has 32 domesticated elephants in the camp and about 200 feral elephants in the wild. It’s easy for travelers to witness the life and behaviors of elephant. Even visitors can touch them and feed them under the guidance of the trainers or instructors. For domesticated elephants since their childhood, they have a strange telepathy with trainer (Master). They seem to be able to communicate with each other as close friends and the elephant will do all requests of Master like carrying timber by its trunk or standing with its hind legs.
The two most prominent activities in here are Elephant trekking and Elephant dancing. It takes a long time to train elephants performing these operations. The Burmese also has organized Elephant trekking festival every year- a popular recreational activity in this country. You should not to miss the chance for trekking because it is very funny. Besides, tourists can hire an elephant ride to enjoy leisurely the beautiful views around the camp.
In the morning, you should get up early not to miss amazing moment when the so naughty and lovely elephants are playing in the river while bathing. They playfully spray water on each other and visitors. It’s really a wonderful time in the tour helping you forget pressuresandenjoy everyprecious momentof the life. Travelers can buy souvenir like pictures or small elephant sculptures to store the memory of a memorable trip. A note is that you can go there only from December to March!