The Pyar Swe elephant camp will remain open for local travelers and tourists during the water festival.
Opened in 2017, the camp is located in the Maw Ku forest conservation area, on the Mawlaik-Pyaung Bout road, four miles from Mawlaik Town of Sagaing Region.
“Our department will keep the elephant camp open during the water festival, and we will collect the entrance fees as usual. During the water festival last year, the camp was temporarily closed because of the extremely hot weather,” said U Aung Kyaw Zan, the Assistant Manager of the camp.
The camp is open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon from Monday to Friday, and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The entrance fee is K1,000 for locals and K20,000 for foreigners.
For elephant rides, an additional service charge of K3,000 is levied on locals and K20,000 on tourists.
The Pyar Swe elephant camp currently has a total of 12 elephants — nine adults and three baby elephants.
Local and foreign travelers like to visit the camp to watch elephants bathe and work. They also like to ride the elephants, feed them, and take photographs with them.
Currently, the camp is building temporary shelters for visitors. Over 700 local and foreign travelers have visited the Pyar Swe elephant camp in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
— Mawlaik Thar Lay
(Translated by Hay Mar)