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Ban Chang Thai - Elephant Camp

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Address: 33/9 Moo 4, Baan Klong Prao, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand
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My feelings were mixed on this camp. There are two types of elephants....Thai elephants, and African elephants. Thai elephants are dwindling In numbers every year. These "work... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Holly S
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely amazing experience. The people who runs it are wonderful. They very nice and helpful in any kind of way. It's easy to see it is a family runned buisness, they take good care of their customers as they a part of their family. At least that's the way they make us feel. Not only the elephant tracking with the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My feelings were mixed on this camp. There are two types of elephants....Thai elephants, and African elephants. Thai elephants are dwindling In numbers every year. These "work camps" are not really that. One handler and one elephant eventually connect. Before that happens the handler has to complete months of training just to see if he is serious. When the pair... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we passed by we had a look at elephants into their enclosure. We witnessed the mahout (elephant trainer) beating an elephant on the nails with an heavy iron chain twice. Elephant was clearly suffering. As he wasn't obedient enough the mahout jump out to his hear and bite it until the animal cried. Mahout climbed on his head for... More 

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Our guide Puza was very friendly, knowledge and spoke great English. The elephants have all been taken in from different domestic situations (circuses, chair rides, etc.) so they wouldn't be able to survive in the wild. They seem well-treated and the mahout process was well explained as well as why they used chains/hooks at times. Elephants can be dangerous due... More 

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1 Thank 201bethanyc
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

We saw a young elephant attached to a very short chain moving forward, get blocked by the chain, crying, moving back and repeating the loop continously. It was so sad that we moved immediately away. Saddest experience in a two months trip.

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Hove
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I'm not sure of the ethics of elephant rides etc, but partner wanted to bath elephants etc. Did a lot of research and this appeared to be the best. Located in the hills and the animals seemed well treated. Good bathing/washing elephants with a walk in the jungle.

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1 Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I was looking forward to seeing elephants on this trip to Thailand. We (my boyfriend and I) went to visit the Ban Chang Thai today after much thought and reading of the reviews, trying to figure out if it was really a good place for this animals or not. Well, since I was really curious and this is supposed to... More 

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4 Thank Jéssica R
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Most of the elephants are in capture so it is hard to watch them being forced to interact with people so many hours per day. It is always nice to help and feed them, pet, watch, but riding was not the thing I could do. It is individual thing for each and every person of course, but it is worth... More 

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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

After reading reviews decided against any elephant camps....on a walk I saw baby elephant chained up on short chain very dry and dusty ...the staff said I could feed for 50 baht but also refused to do that , they pretend they are sanctuaries but they are not! It's all for the money ....up to you what you do???

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

Firstly, in terms of the experience, it was fun, very fun, everyone in my family thoroughly enjoyed it as we all managed to ride the elephant and bathe with it in the pond. We played around in the water whilst the elephant bathed. If it wasn't for the morality aspect of this attraction, I would've given it a 5-star rating.... More 

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