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Phutawan Elephant Camp

#248 of 254 things to do in Chiang Mai Features Animals
Chiang Mai 50360, Thailand
+66 53 317 411
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Abuse the elephants- really disliked- not a legitimate business

This was a heartbreaker and a half to experience. I didn't really know what I was getting myself... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
socofromthecity
,
Chicago, Illinois
via mobile
Downer of our three day trek

Me and some friend (group of ten) went on a three day trek (which was absolutly amazing) and a... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2015
Inge C
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Antwerp, Belgium
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  • Excellent9%
  • Very good0%
  • Average4%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible78%
16 Oct 2016
“Abuse the elephants- really disliked- not a legitimate business”
7 Oct 2015
“Downer of our three day trek”
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Chiang Mai 50360, Thailand
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+66 53 317 411
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This was a heartbreaker and a half to experience. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. I should have done more advanced research and gone to a sanctuary. The handlers blatantly hit the elephants with the hook and they are in chains....More

3  Thank socofromthecity
Reviewed 7 October 2015

Me and some friend (group of ten) went on a three day trek (which was absolutly amazing) and a visit to the elephant camp was included. Before we booked the trek I asked if the elephants where treaded well, if they weren't chained up, could...More

7  Thank Inge C
Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

The elephants are not treated well. The guides are not friendly and treat you like they treat the elephants : they just don't care.

5  Thank M d
Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

Don't go here. We were made to go here today as part of an organised 2 day trek, even though ourselves and everyone else in our group had specified we didnt want to go to an elephant camp, especially like this. An elephant mother and...More

7  Thank bekka2989
Reviewed 3 February 2015

Do not go to this "elephant camp" unless you enjoy seeing these wonderful animals in chains, looking sad, tired and treated like pack-horses. We were unfortunate to experience this as part of a package tour which did not specify details of the elephants we were...More

8  Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 31 January 2015 via mobile

We were taken here on a packaged tour like the others below and were expecting a sanctuary experience. That was not the case at all. We were horrified how they treated the elephants, keeping them in chains and using the hook on them if they...More

8  Thank Davis H
Reviewed 20 December 2014

I have fallen in love with Thailand's lovely elephants, little gentle giants - they have an amazing calm about them and believe it or not - they were actually painting on a canvass with a paintbrush in their trunks - and the paintings are better...More

1  Thank Carol E
Reviewed 2 November 2014

We did twos day trekking in the jungle and had an amazing time. Unfortunately riding elephants was included in the package. We asked the guy who sold us the trip if they were treated well and he said they were free elephants. We said we...More

9  Thank Eden P
Reviewed 13 January 2014

We went on a private tour to see an elephant camp and the Long Neck tribe. The travel agent said that we would be taken to a not commercial camp, as we said that we did not want to ride the animals, but feed, play...More

16  Thank Rita8363
Reviewed 1 November 2013

We went today, it was Part of a ripp-off tour we booked to see some Jungle, local tribes and elephants. I did not want to go on when I was there, but I did when I was with the group. Made me sad afterwards that...More

14  Thank Jalexanderk
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