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Jungle safari in Myanmar

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The Bago Yoma

Myanmar has over half of the remaining closed-canopy forest in mainland Southeast Asia. Having a wide range of habitats and ecosystems, it has one of the highest biodiversity values in Asia. The large undisturbed forested patches in Myanmar are important for the survival of several endangered species including tiger, elephant and Eld’s deer. The long, vast green contour of Bago mountain range, with its north-south hills, covered with dense tropical forests, extending for 270 miles (435km) between Ayerwaddy & Sittaung Rivers at the average elevation of 2,000ft (600m) in the central-southern part of Myanmar, boasts many of major timber extraction sites, producing the world’s most treasured Teak (Tectona grandis) and other valuable hardwoods. These tropical forests host not only plants that largely support Myanmar’s much needed foreign earnings, but also congregate various wildlife including approximate number of 5,000 wild and tamed Elephants made up the world’s second biggest population. Until 1994, before govt. officially banned, capturing wild elephants was common, as Myanmar needs to use trained elephants in its large scale logging industry as it has done for more than 200 years ago. The use of elephant in logging business enables economical, environmental-friendly & efficient ways to transport logs in the difficult terrains while leaving the forests intact. Despite the fact that many of Myanmar elephants were smuggled in to Thailand for work in tourism industry, others are being used for transportation in the remote mountainous areas, and ceremonies of religious and state functions in Myanmar apart from timber industry. Unlike in neighboring Thailand, the use of elephants in Myanmar tourism industry is far less developed and widespread. Myanmar has more elephant experts than any other Asian country and leads the world in elephant management, veterinary care and mahout skills, and offers the best hope for the survival of large herds of wild elephants. Now we are able to offer a couple of jungle safaris into Bago Yoma during the open season (from November to April), where you can benefit from different activities such as nature studies of tropical rainforests, jungle trekking, elephant riding, observing elephant training, pond fishing, to watching of elephants at work or study how the elephants are begin natured scientifically.

Myaing Hay Wun Elephant Nature Camp

Established in 1986 as an elephant nursing camp, the Myaing Hay Wun camp bask in the thrill of intact natural beauties of southern Bago Yoma tropical forests… providing a different world of relaxation and pleasure. The elephant camp can be reached from Yangon by car via a small town called Hpalon, on the main road to Pyay, Bagan, and Mandalay. It will take around two hours to north of Yangon to Hpalon for 96km, and another 20km eastward drive into the forest camp on the unsealed road by special off-roader. At Myaing Hay Wun elephant camp, you can enjoy watching of elephant skills & their spectacular talent show, elephant bathing in the stream, elephant riding around the virgin forest, jungle trekking, pond fishing, training given by their mahouts, and spend your night in this wilderness setting at your simple but comfortable eco-friendly bungalows in complete serenity and wake up to the sound of chitchatting birds

Hpo Kyar Forest Camp

Closed to Taunggoo, the major timber industrial town & the convenient stopover on the Yangon-Mandalay main highway, there is a small town called Thargaya, some 204 miles (326km) away from Yangon that serves as the gateway to the central Bago Yoma range where recently emerged eco-tourism spot, Pho Kyar Forest Camp is located 10-ml (16km) in the west of Thargaya. This forest camp has approximately 20 acre (8.1hac), and lies deep inside the Swa forest reserve. The forest camp is highlighted by a well-appointed Pho Kyar Resort built by a running stream and surrounded by the teak forests where a few trees have age over 150yrs. From you beautiful resort, different activities can be enjoyed from jungle trekking, jungle explorations on the elephant back, flora and fauna studies, to rafting and mobile camp stays.




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