In Praise of the Pachyderm: akyra Manor Celebrates the Majestic Elephant
As the national symbol of Thailand, elephants are beloved and cherished by all, with thousands each year travelling across the world to see them. Catering to this in a sustainable way AKARYN Hotel Group has launched a signature activity at akyra Manor Chiang Mai, where guests can interact with this magnificent animal whilst contributing to its conservation and welfare.
This unforgettable day starts with a visit to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC), where guests can marvel at over 50 beautiful Asian elephants in a vibrant and lush forest just outside the city of Chiang Mai. Here visitors can learn about these gentle giants and discover how Thailand and elephants have been interwoven into each other’s history for centuries. TECC is also home to the famous six Royal white elephants, (which belong to the Thai Royal Family) and the centre is well known for its pioneering work in conservation and science. TECC offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for guests of akyra Manor to experience and enjoy these incredible animals first hand.
Meeting ‘Mosha’ will be a highlight for many on this day trip outside Chiang Mai. ‘Mosha’ means ‘star’ in the Karen language and is the name of the three-legged elephant living at the pioneering Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital (FAE). Sadly, Mosha stepped on a landmine near the Burmese border when just seven months old and she became the first elephant in the world to receive a prosthetic leg. She’s the founding inspiration of Elephant Parade® who provide continued structural support to the FAE.
The day will end with a chance for guests to get creative at the Elephant Parade®, by designing and painting their own model elephant to keep and treasure; an activity sure to thrill all the tiny travellers to Chiang Mai. Here guests can explore the museum to learn about pachyderms, enjoy the story books and movie room. They can also take a tour the Elephant Parade’s artist studio headquarters and meet talented local artists.
The day trip runs from 8am to 4pm and is THB 6,000 / £139 per person (minimum two person), the price includes round-tip transportation, lunch at a local Thai restaurant by the river and elephant souvenir painting with a sunset cocktail around the elephant installation on the Rise Rooftop Bar at akyra Manor. The profit from this new package will be donated to the Elephant Hospital in Chiang Mai and to AKARYN Hotel Group’s Pure Blue Foundation.
akyra Manor Chiang Mai is a five-star, intimate and exclusive all-suite luxury hotel, each suite created around a courtyard-within-a-room concept. Situated at the heart of the charming city of Chiang Mai, on the popular street - Nimmanhaemin Soi 9, known locally as 'coffee street'. Guests can take in the chic boutiques, galleries, bars and coffee shops, then return to the sanctuary and warmth of Thai hospitality and the Rise rooftop bar as well as Chiang Mai's best new restaurant, italics.
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