Wild Elephant Valley

Admission:

RMB 65

Hours:

7:30am-5pm daily

How to get there:

Situated 47 km (29 mi) north of Jinghong City, take a tourist bus from from Jinghong Bus Station (Jǐnghóng Qìchē Kèyùn Zhàn, 景洪汽车客运站) to Wild Elephant Valley (RMB 12).

The elephant is a symbol of good luck, might and longevity to the Dai people of Xishuangbanna. Wild elephants congregate in the aptly named Wild Elephant Valley (Yěxiàng Gǔ 野象谷) at the juncture of the western and eastern part of the Menyang Nature Reserve (Měngyǎng Zìrán Bǎohù Qū, 勐养自然保护区). In the valley, there are observation towers and walkways built in the trees for visitors to watch the elephants without disturbing their natural habitat. The best time to see these impressive beasts is at dawn or dusk.

Though there are currently about 300 elephants living in the dense forest of Xishuangbanna, though there are another 20 that have been domesticated and are subject to providing entertainment (shows at 11am and 2pm daily) and tourist-friendly photo ops (RMB 10 per photo). 

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