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“Memorable experience”

Muang Sing Elephant Village
Ranked #12 of 14 things to do in Sai Yok
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Owner description: Elephant trekking, elephant training, elephant bathing in River Kwai, river rafting, Mahout (elephant rider) training, cafe
Reviewed 24 May 2014

It's about a 2-hr ride from Bangkok, part of a planned day-trip to Kanchanaburi province. We opted for the elephant bath and it turned out to be the best time we had in Thailand. if you've always wanted to get up close and personal with this huge animal, this is the place to do it. The "village" was clean, they had clean restrooms with showers and the "villagers" were all friendly. After you change into your swim trunks you go to a loading dock of sorts to get on the elephant. My wife and I had a 25-yr old female and proceeded to trek down to the river. There are plenty of photo opportunities, so if you have a guide or someone else on shore make sure he/she takes the opportunity to shoot a video or take photos of you and the elephant. After numerous "dips" into the water on top of the elephant you then give the elephant a scrub down which she seems to enjoy. After you come up from the river, the "trainer" will offer some trinkets for sale. Your are then led back to the loading dock where a large basket of bananas are available for around $3 if you want to feed the elephants. My wife and I enjoyed this experience so much and would do it again.

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Reviewed 6 March 2014

Really liked the people at the Village. Seemed to be a family that put this together. Riding the elephants was fun. My daughter dropped her water bottle, the elephant(with gentle nudging) turned, picked it up, and handed it right to us. Was outstanding to see the agility of these large Mammals. Very fun.

2  Thank Darryll_Williams
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

I have been to a few different Elephant camps and this is one of the better ones. They have a great program for westerners who want to get the full experience of taking care of elephants. It is a bit far out of town but not more than an hour almost the half way mark between Kanchanaburi and Erawan falls on a side ride going towards Sai Yok. When you support places like this it helps preserve the elephant culture in Thailand a good place to go all around.

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Muang Sing Elephant Village is a clean, welcoming attraction, on the bank of a broad river. The attraction has been going for seven years now. The manager said there are currently 27 elephants living there, one of which is pregnant. The youngest was said to be four, which is occupied with taking visitors for a swim while her head is scrubbed; her mother gives the chair-rides. One of the guides said that only females are used, as the males are difficult to manage when they come into 'Musth.'
The chair rides are half an hour, with a step into the river, without the riders getting wet.
For the more adventurous, there's bathing with the elephant, including a great photo-op of standing up tall, astride the elephant!
After the ride or bathing-cleaning, there's a complimentary dish of slices of watermelon, with a cold cup of bottled water.

I accompanied five acquaintances--they chose to ride the chair-topped ellies, while I refrained, choosing to chat with the manager.
I choose to turn from supporting activities requiring the cruel, abhorrent, abusive use of PHAJAAN, or 'Kraal' or the 'training crush.'

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Muang Sing Elephant Camp in Kanchanaburi is similar to other Elephant Camps in Kanchanaburi. Normally, they offer similar activities, such as: Elephant Riding, Bathing and Swimming with Elephants, taking the advantage of the proximity to the River.

The Riding is normal in the bush area; which is available in many Elephant Camps, even outside Kanchanaburi.

The price normally is THB 600 per person (sharing of two for each elephant), OR single payment of THB 1,200 (for single person ride) for half an hour. The same price costing for Elephant Bathing or Swimming with Elephants (i.e. THB 1,200 for single person for half an hour).

Now, Kanchanaburi is far and takes more than 3 hours’ drive in each direction from Bangkok. Normally, Elephant Camps close before 5 pm. Therefore, if you are interested in Elephant Bathing and Swimming with Elephants, it is recommended to stay in Kanchanaburi area one night before; to have full enjoyment for these activities or to leave from Bangkok very early, if you are thinking for day trip in Bangkok.

I would recommend visiting Elephant Camp in Kanchanaburi, if you are looking in particular for Elephant Bathing and Swimming with Elephants. Elephant Riding is avail in different locations and it is recommended to compile it with visiting the Floating Market; where Elephant Camps for riding is available next door.

5  Thank Saeed Mohamed M
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