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Getting to the Elephant Conservation Centre from Chiang Mai

Old Dec 22nd, 2007, 03:06 PM
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Getting to the Elephant Conservation Centre from Chiang Mai

I'm going to be doing the 3 day mahout training course at the Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang next August. Because check in time is 8:30 AM, they suggest staying over the night before.

For those of you that have stayed at the Elephant Conservation Centre, is it easy to get to there from Chiang Mai the morning of? Or would it make more sense to lay out the 500 baht and stay an extra night?
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Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 01:41 PM
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Old Dec 23rd, 2007, 01:59 PM
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It takes about an hour and a half by car. I think there is a bus but I have never done it nor do I know how early it leaves. So your best and safest bet would be to hire a driver to get there at 8:30.
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Old Dec 27th, 2007, 11:40 AM
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We hired a Songtaew (two bench seats in the back of a small red pick-up truck -- very common in CM). Your hotel can arrange. Or just flag one down and make arrangments with them. Bargain; can usually get for 1/3 - 1/2 of what they originally offer. We did a one day trip and it cost, round-trip about $25 US total for the two of us. About an 1 1/2 hour drive on a good highway with one pit stop.
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Old Dec 27th, 2007, 08:14 PM
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Kywood,

Thanks so much for the helpful heads up.

I'll stay in Chiang Mai until the morning of, and then look into a songtaew to get there.....
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Rather than a Songtaew just get a taxi. When you arrive at the airport you will get a taxi to wherever you are spending the night. Standard fares are posted behind the kiosk, if you can't identify the camp just ask. Then on the way to the hotel ask the driver if he would be free in the morning to take you to the Elephant camp. He will quote a price that will be a lot less than $25 and should be less than the posted price. If he is not free he will arrange for another driver.

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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 06:40 AM
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Tangata has a good idea if driver speaks English. If not when you arrive at hotel ask the Bell Captain not Bellmen to ask him in Thai then ask Bell Captain can he get you a taxi/car through the hotel for the same amount of $5USD more? If so, do that. It is more reliable that the car/taxi will be there on time and tell Captain you want well A/C car. The trip from most in town hotels should not take more than 1 hour based on my 2 experiences especially if you leave at 7-7:15 AM giving you time to spare. But, be prepared for excessive heat and humidity for part of your training.We did 1 day 5 years ago and enjoyed it but I am not sure we couldhave lasted 3 days but we were 55+.
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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Taxi it is!
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