|An elephant whispers sweet muddy things in my ear ...|
Many of these camps also offer elephant trekking (a 5 minute tootle around the track or for several hours), mahout courses (in which you can learn to ride and control an elephant, learn mounting and dismounting techniques, key commands (they have four main gears - front, back, left and right), and even how to take an elephant's temperature.) The latter involves rubber gloves.
So here is a list of the best shows, camps and trekking with Thai elephants:
Anantara Golden Triangle Hotel
Four Seasons Tented Camp
Mae Sa elephant camp
Mae Taeng elephant camp
Thai Elephant Conservation Centre
Namuang Safari Park
Elephant Village Pattaya
Ayutthaya (only one hour from Bangkok):
Royal Elephant Kraal and Village
This list is just a start. Especially in northern Thailand, there are dozens of smaller ones doing great work in conservation. Please let me know and I can update this list.
You might want to check TripAdvisor for the most popular rated show in the area you're going to.
Oh, one final thing. It's easier to remember the Thai word for elephant: Chang. That's because these animals are named after Thailand's most famous beer, jing jing.
Question: where was the most fun Thai elephant show you've been to?