Starting from the full moon day of Tabaung, people in the country enjoyed four consecutive holidays.
While many chose to go on trips overseas or within the country with families and friends, many stayed back in Nay Pyi Taw to visit the local attractions, such as Nay Pyi Taw Buddha Gaya, Uppatasanti Pagoda, Water Fountain Park, Ngalike Resort, Ngaliketha Elephant Camp and the zoo.
Many who visited the Ngaliketha Elephant Camp during the long holiday spoke about their experiences.
Daw Nu Wah Hlaing, Khayay Housing, Nay Pyi Taw
I live in Nay Pyi Taw. My aunts had come over from Yangon, and as they wanted to visit the Ngaliketha Elephant Camp, I accompanied them. I have never been here before but have seen it in a television programme. It was a pleasant feeling to enter the camp through the natural forest lane. My mother and son also came along, and we were ecstatic. People with families should visit this place during the summer holidays with their sons and daughters. I assure them they will enjoy the trip.
Daw Tin Tin Htway, retired teacher, Insein Township
My sister lives in Pobbathiri Township. She heard about the Ngaliketha Elephant Camp on a television programme and told me it was a beautiful place. She asked me to accompany her to the camp, and I went along with my friend. I was a government employee for 30 years. I told my other friends that I would scout the place and let them know about it. My friends feel there are not many places to visit in Nay Pyi Taw.
I have visited the elephant camp and all the pagodas here. Next time, I will bring my friends along.
Daw Khin Aye Myint, Pobbathiri Township
My friends from a rural township had come for a visit, and we visited the camp. We have never been here before. However, once we came here, we really enjoyed the pleasant surroundings and will come along with our other friends again. It is a pleasant place located under the shadow of the mountains and forests. The river bank is like a beach, and it is such a nice place for a holiday. I will encourage others to come here too.
Ma Wah Wah Lwin, public servant
I am originally from Monywa. I work for the Ministry of Transport and Communication in Nay Pyi Taw. Despite the long holiday, I did not go home (to Monywa), because I wanted to visit the Ngaliketha Elephant Camp. This is my first time here, and once I set foot here, I was glad that I came. I took the elephant ride and fed the elephants. There are numerous places to visit in Nay Pyi Taw. I want to invite everyone to come and enjoy this place.
Ma Nu Nu Aung, Taungoo
I intended to go to Hpa-an, but due to some work, I could not make it there. Initially, I didn’t think the Nay Pyi Taw Ngaliketha Elephant Camp would be this pleasant. However, I am glad I made the trip. It was the correct choice. Whenever there are long holidays, I visit some place or the other. Last time, I went to Pyin Oo Lwin. This time, I came to the elephant camp.
U Min Soe, Driver, Nay Pyi Taw south wood extraction region, Ngaliketha Elephant Camp
The entrance fee to the Ngaliketha Elephant Camp is Ks1,000 per person. There is no car-parking fee. Visitors can enjoy an elephant ride here. The elephant ride costs Ks3,000 per person. The ride goes around the forest once. Today is Peasants Day, so there will be many visitors. Most people come with their families. On weekdays, there are few visitors. The camp opens from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. At 6 a.m., the elephants are rounded up (after being allowed to roam freely overnight). The visitors feed the elephants. A small restaurant has also been opened for visitors. The Ngalike Resort Hotel and elephant camp is separated by water. Visitors from the hotel can cross the water body in a speedboat to visit the elephant camp. All are invited to come and visit the Ngaliketha Elephant Camp.
By Mi Mi Phyo
Photo: Aye Than