The management team at Chiang Mai’s Mae Sa Elephant Camp have confirmed they will be staging a feast for elephants on National Elephant Day. The nineteenth National Elephant Day on the 13 March 2018 will see the camp’s elephants treated to a khantoke-style elephant buffet featuring elephant goodies such as bananas and sugar-cane.
The elephant khantoke feast is part of a three-hour-long celebration of Thailand’s national animal. The festivities kick off at noon and are followed half-an-hour later by a traditional rite known as Bai Sri Su Kwun. A prelude of live elephant shows follows before the elephants get stuck into their banquet at 13:45. A hill tribe cultural show scheduled for 14:30 will round off the party.
In its Facebook update, Mae Sa Elephant Camp notes that people who wish to donate fruit to the elephants need to bring it the day before, the 12 March. There is no entry fee for tourists wishing to visit Mae Sa Elephant Camp on National Elephant Day.
Founded in 1976, Mae Sa is one of Thailand’s oldest elephant camps. The camp is located beside the main route through the Mae Sa Valley, Highway 1096, and is about 25kms from Chiang Mai Old City.