This popular centre promotes the role of the Asian elephant in ecotourism. Yet it’s worth mentioning that it also offers elephant shows and rides, which animal welfare experts claim can be harmful for the animals.

In addition to the shows, there is an exhibit on the history and culture of elephants, an elephant art gallery, an elephant graveyard, and elephant rides through the surrounding forest. For those keen on delving deeper into pachyderm culture, the TECC’s Mahout Training School offers an array of programs ranging in duration from one day to one month.

All proceeds from the entrance fee and souvenir shops go to the on-site elephant hospital, which cares for old, abandoned and sick elephants from all over Thailand, as well as supporting research and breeding programs.