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Thai Elephant Conservation Center

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Love every trip to the elephant conservatory, and always take friends when they come visit! I think... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Lampang, Thailand
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Homestay experience

My husband and I spend 3 days and 2 nights here in the homestay. The homestay itself is very basic... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2018
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This 300-acre area consists of an elephant hospital and training school, which help to conserve the Thai elephants and protect them from extinction.
Km. 28-29 Lampang - Chiang Mai Highway | Wiang Tan, Hang Chat, Lampang 52190, Thailand
+66 66 054 2478
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Like many of the reviewers, we had mixed feelings about going to an elephant center, but we found the Thai Elephant Conservation Center to be a wonderful experience. We stayed for two weeks in Chiang Mai. There were numerous tour operators that would take us...More

15  Thank William P
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Of all my experiences in Thailand this time around, this experience stood out as the worst. I have been to a good many elephant camps/sanctuaries in Thailand and Cambodia, and I booked a 2-day stay at TECC because of the reviews I had read on...More

66  Thank burtoninarabia
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Everybody was very nice and I can't say I didn't have a nice time but if you want to support a real elephant sanctuary, this isn't it. Certainly the hospital that is tied to this place is for the elephants but this was more of...More

2  Thank Demian R
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Love every trip to the elephant conservatory, and always take friends when they come visit! I think the elephants remember me, and smile when I feed them!

Thank guardrails1
Reviewed 4 September 2018

More a commercial camp with show and rides than a true elephant rescue camp. Enjoyed feeding two old elephants but little else to recommend.

Thank Doug N
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit and it still does not let down. Nice show where is shows the work that they were once used for. I did learn on this trip, that the elephant rides end at 330 in the afternoon due to schedule. Also,...More

Thank wookier
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

I was absolutely surprised by elephants, how they looks and thinks... Everything was nice and cool until i have seen one small bloody scar on the head of one Elephant and that was really not a nice view!

Thank LackiProBarman
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

My husband and I spend 3 days and 2 nights here in the homestay. The homestay itself is very basic. We had a room to ourselves with 3 twin beds and a bathroom. Definitely not anything fancy, but it's liveable and private. Fern coordinated everything...More

Thank Roving646466
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

We were supposed to be staying here for 6 days & paid £1000 for 6 days. We were given what can only be described as a derelict shed to stay in. I appreciate it’s in the jungle, but there was blood on the floor from...More

3  Thank traceywhite2003
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

I was really excited about coming to the Elephant Conservation however left feeling worried for the animals. I didnt like to see the elephants in there housing sheds standing on concrete slabs with chains around there ankle. Also was really disappointed with the Elephant riding...More

1  Thank Jade L
Reviewed 26 April 2018

An own car or driver is required. Show is fine, elefants seem to be treated well. Elefant riding is also possible, even for kids alone. Relaxed place - our kids loved it.

2  Thank schappi4
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We left early to get the before the groups of tourists arrive. On this particular day there were a lot of Thai school children whichI thought was very positive. First we went on an elephant ride for 30 mins (you can also go for 1...More

1  Thank ivyCharlotte4
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mai P
16 March 2017|
Response from magpiefan1881 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I'm aware of, you would have to contact the conservation centre.
1 February 2017|
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Response from Grant G | Reviewed this property |
Very Difficult, go with a crowd and share a taxi is the best option
30 June 2016|
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Response from Weberman | Reviewed this property |
It's approximately 1 hour drive. Well worth it.
Lynn W
25 May 2016|
Response from Ian S | Reviewed this property |
As far as I am aware the TECC is operating as normal.I drove past 3 weeks ago. There have been big rain storms every day which will have knocked out their internet. I would continue to try and contact them over the next... More
8 February 2016|
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Response from sandyleeh | Reviewed this property |
This is a conservation elephant camp. No torture or cruelty, no swaying sad elephants. They have foster elephants and round the clock veterinarian care and accept elephants from around the country to care and rehabilitate... More