Try your hand at being a mahout – a traditional elephant trainer – with the “Mahout for a Day” package offered by the Centara Away Suansawan Hotel in Chiang Mai. This 3 day / 2 night package includes accommodations, most meals, roundtrip transport to the elephant camp, and a day working with the elephants. Rates start from THB9,560 (USD318) per person and are valid until October 31, 2011.
As part of the “Mahout for a Day” experience participants will learn to give basic commands, ride, feed, and bathe the elephants. The package also includes accommodations in a Thai-style Superior Room, daily breakfast, one welcome dinner, and one lunch. The quoted price of THB9,560 (USD318) per person includes 10% service charge and 7% local taxes. Participants can upgrade to a higher room class foran additional charge.
The Centara Away Suansawan Hotel is a four-star resort set in the lush Mae Rim Valley outside of Chiang Mai. The 47 rooms and villas are scattered about spacious grounds with a lake, fishponds, and tropical gardens. The rooms pair traditional Northern Thai style with modern amenities like internet access, international TV channels, and a fully-stocked mini bar. Facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa, and restaurants.
For more information about the “Mahout for a Day” program or the resort, visit the official website at http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/asc/.