Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal

Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal

Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal
3
About
Does not meet animal welfare guidelines
Tripadvisor does not provide bookings for this experience because it does not meet our animal welfare guidelines.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
3.0
3.0 of 5 bubbles290 reviews
Excellent
71
Very good
81
Average
34
Poor
13
Terrible
91

Lexi D
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Biked by the place and it ruined my whole experience of Ayutthaya. Horrible, disgusting cruelty in broad daylight with ignorant, selfish tourists smiling as they caused the elephants pain. These elephants are stabbed with bullhooks like mere objects, chained, beaten with wooden poles, forced to wear back-breaking baskets overloaded with riders (they are not physically designed to bear weight on their backs), and they look sedated and depressed.

I've been to ethical elephant sanctuaries and I can see how depressed and sick these elephants are by comparison.

IF YOU RIDE ELEPHANTS, YOU ABUSE ELEPHANTS.
Written 12 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

katrineCPH
Copenhagen, Denmark1,066 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Did not use. OF COURSE I didn’t. This is 2023, we know better. This need to stop now. Actually, I thought it was prohibited, but apparantly not. Saw tourists on top of distressed elephants and the large animals being transported through the city in the evening, two of them crammed together on a lorry Van. Such a shame to see — also horrified that people are actually recommending it here.
Written 17 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rhian B
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The elephants seemed very uncomfortable with photography and constantly looking for food from visitors. Chained waiting for a tourist waiting for a ride.
Written 20 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Emily Emily
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
There will be a lot of debate on animal cruelty.
For those who want to try out elephant riding just once, you can pay 400 baht per pax for 10 minutes of short walk. If there s 2 of you then it s 800 baht for riding together.

- 50 baht you can purchase baskets of food for feeding them while they are chained up
- 50 baht you can take a photo with a baby elephant that is trained to pose

Cons
- over priced photos, they sell 160-320 baht of 1 pc of photo without the soft copy
- elephant rider was unfriendly and would ask for tips which can be ignored
- ride was very short hence the pricing
- sizes of elephant varies greatly so it is by luck if you get to ride a taller one
Written 29 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

LS13
Leeds, UK617 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We saw the elephant enclosure as we passed on a scooter and stopped as the elephants were by the roadside. It was quiet with very few tourists and the teenage mahoots in their ‘traditional’ dress were loafing on top of the elephants, looking at their phones, dozing etc. The beasts were similarly bored and chained to a rail where they rocked slowly from side to side showing all the signs you’d expect of an animal in mental torment. Another animal managed to wander to the fence by the road (its handler asleep on its back) and it snuffled pathetically in the gutter with its trunk as cars and trucks sped past feet away. If you want to see elephants go to a safari park or even better go see then in their natural habitat. Its clearly too late for these elephants and they’ll remain here until this place closes down. However the sooner that happens then the owners will stop training the next generation and this cruel practice will eventually come to an end. So give it a miss and let the Thais know that elephant rides should be consigned to history.
Written 2 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bunyaphon N
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Ayutthaya has many interesting attractions. I went to Wang Chang Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province with my family. There are elephants to see the city. Very cute. I take photos and see the beautiful view. If there is a chance me and my family will come back.
Written 20 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Heidi G
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It's time tourists evolve past riding wild animals as a past time. Chains and sticks and stabbing tools are not a humane way of keeping elephants. I wish more people educated themselves in depth about the training methods of this place beforehand.
Written 25 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shelbypoppit
Dobrich, Bulgaria3,154 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were staying in the city for a few nights meaning we walked the streets when many tourists had gone home.
I was absolutely horrified to see the poor elephant's from here with legs chained and staff members beating them and stabbing them to get them moved on an evening then loaded on lorries and sent off for the night. Truly horrific that they work all day foe tourists then get beaten. What a terrible life and yet they advertise and tell tourists how well the animals are cares for... maybe in the day when all eyes are on them. Horrific and shameful if you visit here.
Written 30 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jay
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Amazing to feed the elephants and take a ride on one through the historical park. Animals are treated good, well fed and watered. Very friendly staff and good service received.
Written 19 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lynn D
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I spent 5 days at ElephantStay in November 2019. The experience was educational and life changing. I will be returning. The staff treat these enormous animals like family. The elephants are so loved and pampered. The staff treated us like family too, great food, laundry service.
I cannot wait to return to ElephantStay
Written 10 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 98
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

AYUTTHAYA ELEPHANT PALACE & ROYAL KRAAL: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal

Hotels near Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal: View all hotels near Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal on Tripadvisor