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Mahawangchang Elephant Camp

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Address: 198 Moo 6 | Wangkajea Saiyok, Kanchanaburi 71150, Thailand
Phone Number:
+66 95 073 4256
07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Very nice experience with Elephants, the tour direct to Kanchanaburi was worth the money, excellent tour guide Lily.

Next time I prefer to use train to Kanchanaburi and stay over night. Anyway, the tour guide Lily was helpful, the driver ok and so it was a nice trip. Good opportunity to buy... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2016
Cebu Island, Philippines

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Upon arriving to the camp, we were immediately brought to the loading deck to ride the elephant. There were about 15 elephants, chained and in small cages. The mahouts were not friendly, and continuously kicked the elephant, beat it with a stick with a metal hook on the end and pulled their ears. My mahout cut my elephants back with... More 

Thank Lindsey g
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Dont do this! Its Animal Cruelty at its best! Unfortunately it was only a few of our travel group which joined us and did not do this. In the 60 minutes waiting time the Gangnam style was played 8 times, so you can imagine how the animals must suffer. And to all the People: It is not funny to beat... More 

1 Thank Andreas B
Edmonton, Canada
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

At first I thought elephant trekking / riding was OK. Like so many others, i just didnt know. But then I learned how they break / train the elephants to give people rides. It's terrible. But please, don't take my word, do separate unbiased research. Elephants are not built to carry things on their back. That's why when you see... More 

1 Thank Kazat3
West Malling, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

I had some reservations about this trip because of animal use and possible abuse. I think this is the elephant we visited but there is more Than one.The elephants are very domesticated and from what I saw were well looked after and seemed to enjoy what they do . There is obviously a bond between the mahout and his elephant.... More 

1 Thank John L
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

情報がこのトリップアドバイザーとFacebookサイトしかなく アクティビティのメニューを聞くのにFBメッセンジャーで問い合わせました。 もらったメニュー一覧は以下原文ママ。メッセージのレスポンスは早くて丁寧です。 1. Elephants riding: 20 minutes 400 baht per person // 45 minutes 800 baht per person 2. Bathing with elephants: 800 baht per 25 minutes per person 3. Elephants care : 2,500 baht per 3 hours per person - feed the food - use easy command with elephants - riding by don't use the seat - mahouts... More 

1 Thank picotrip
Tel Aviv, Israel
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41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

The ride took us thru a construction site which is nearby. Afterwards we went elephant bathing which was ok, only to be disrupted by the smell of alcohol and cigarettes coming from the instructors' mouth when they endlessly reminded us about the tips. When going back to the car we encountered the elephant show, which was very sad to watch.... More 

5 Thank I055889900
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

If you booked a small elephant ride section in your whole day tour, then you would probably be taken here. Avoid this camp if you love animals. Opt for the elephant haven where you can spend the whole day with the elephants in the wild and they are not trained just to please humans to take photos. Here, the elephants... More 

8 Thank calorblind
Cebu Island, Philippines
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

Next time I prefer to use train to Kanchanaburi and stay over night. Anyway, the tour guide Lily was helpful, the driver ok and so it was a nice trip. Good opportunity to buy plants for my Bangkok apartment on the way back. We went early and arrived at the camp in the morning and had enough time. The best... More 

Thank schucke
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93 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

First of all, we saw elephants in ok condition. For the bathing with elephants the camp uses female elephants not male elephants. The females are not as aggressive as the male ones so less unfriendly treatment is required. Nevertheless some elephants had signs of probably mahote use on their heads. The activities were of great fun. Whole family including kids... More 

Thank Raphael M
Bangkok, Thailand
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

No education here - but short and sweet. Ride the elephants, feed the elephants and get into the water with the elephants! They even have a shower so bring a change of clothes and towel! You leave with framed photos for a small fee!

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