28 Mar '11, 9am

Mike Bailey: These Thai elephants don't play golf, but they do have a great stroke: They could play soccer, thro...

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- Of the many cultural activities I've experienced on this golf trip to Thailand, one of the more memorable was the Maesa Elephant Camp in the northern part of the country. The elephant camp is located up in the hills just outside of Chiang Mai. The experience, which was part of a tour put together by GolfAsian , had two parts. First, there's a show featuring dozens of Asian elephants and their trainers; and secondly, in sort of an ancient amusement park set-up, guests can board elephants for a slow roller coaster up and around the mountainside on perilously perched trails. (The Thai word for elephant, by the way, is "Chang," which is also the name of a popular beer here.) Fortunately, it didn't appear as if any elephants had slipped off the side with their riders recently, so I deemed the experience to be rather safe. The show, however, was even more...

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