If you are looking for a perfect destination in the outskirts of Bangkok, Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo is what you are looking for. Just one hour drive to the west of Bangkok, this place is situated on 60 acres of land in Petkasem Road of Samphran district. The elephant theme show and the crocodile wrestling show have attracted many tourists from around the world, whilst the elephant show is considered to be one of the best in Thailand.
Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo was officially opened in 1985 as a family playground and a tourist destination. It was also a center for Orchid reproduction and crocodile breeding. This place houses more than 10,000 crocodiles today. The elephant theme show was first initiated with just four elephants, today it has become one of the main attractions of these famed elephant grounds. In addition to the two main shows, tourists have the opportunity of experiencing an elephant ride, magic shows and elephant musical shows.
An elephant show comprises of a variety of acts and performances that are a crowd pleaser. The highlight of the elephant show is the round-up ceremony of Suay people, which is an acknowledgement of the relationship between the elephant and trainer or what is referred to as a mahout. Another highlight of the show that fascinates many visitors is the baby elephants playing fun games like foot ball and dancing. Also the Yutha Hathi performance, which is a reenactment of a royal battle scene during the Ayuthaya Period is another part of the show that teaches the visitors about the history of Thailand. On the other hand, the Crocodile Wrestling Show is a fight between a crocodile and a master from the farm, gives spectators a memorable experience.
Since the place is a bit away from the city of Bangkok, knowing how to get there would be important. If you are going by a car, then you can have two options. First one will be driving to Phetkasem Road to 30 km, and then the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo sign can be seen on the left side. Second Option is to drive on Pinklao – Nakhon Chai Si Road, then turn to your left to Phutthamonthon 4 Road, and drive for 5km. If you prefer to go by bus, you can take the bus line number 123 from Tha Chang; get down at the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo.
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