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Taweechai Elephant Camp

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14/1 Moo 6 | Chong Sadao, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
+66 81 774 8301
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Kids enjoyed it

Thai price vs. Forienger price are different, but not by too much. 30 minute trip that includes a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LanceM75
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Damascus, Oregon
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Professional elephant camp for tourists

A nice couple of hours spent in the company of some magnificent elephants. We took a pick up taxi... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
traveltoomuchnow
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London
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  • Average7%
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14/1 Moo 6 | Chong Sadao, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thai price vs. Forienger price are different, but not by too much. 30 minute trip that includes a bit through the river. Not sure of the ethics, but kids had a good time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice couple of hours spent in the company of some magnificent elephants. We took a pick up taxi from our hotel near Kanchanaburi and the drive was around one hour. The transport type was a novelty for us and the round trip and waiting...More

Thank traveltoomuchnow
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is inhumane. This is literally back-breaking work for elephants. Please, if you care about these elephants, do not visit this place!

Thank Carl S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Disgusting treatment of elephants do not go here if you actually care about animals just don't do it save your money for something less evil.

1  Thank j3j0
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

So before we visited Taweechai Elephant camp I did some research and I was also very aware of the opinions and press about 'elephant tourism' in Thailand. At the end of this I made the decision that we would go see and what I experienced...More

2  Thank Roberts69
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

We were more interested in wild elephants, which can be seen in several of Kanchanaburi's national parks, but they are shy and we wanted a closer encounter so we stopped at Taweechai and found 20 captive elephants and a senior elephant trainer from the Kuy...More

3  Thank mcneely2015
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

I have been here twice; once with group of eight people and once just my parents and I. I loved it both times. The location is great, on the way to Erawan National Park and very close to the River Kwai Crossing. (The river you...More

2  Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

I was saddened upon my arrival at Taweechai Elephant camp. The only reason I agreed to go in the first place was because my girlfriend told me it was a sanctuary for elephants. It is NOT a sanctuary. If elephants weren't carrying heaps of tourists...More

4  Thank kevinjapan13
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We did a good 30mn elephant ride near the Kwai river. The trail is interesting across a park and habitation, few part in the Kwai river. Elephants seem to be well taken care as we could observe. Done with our 8 years old daughter. We...More

1  Thank Arnault S
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Took a quick stop on the way to Erawan falls.... What a poor site to see. The elephants are chained in very cruel way. We did not took any ride and just feed them the banana but feel sad...

4  Thank DGSmanila
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_debbiejmartin49
2 October 2017|
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Response from StevoPurcell | Reviewed this property |
It was around 1,00 baht for the elephant ride. I got there myself with a coach from Bangkok, a local bus from Kanchanaburi, and then a friendly let me ride on his bike from the turn-off on the highway. Obviously a lot of... More
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Emad E
4 September 2016|
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Response from brizee06 | Reviewed this property |
We went with Affordable Asia tours. It was a full day of activities, one of my favorite days ever!
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JoCie99
Many tourists care about how elephants are treated. It may seem to you that they are happy here and some gave this place a good review based on their best judgement. However, Through my university experience studying domestic and captive animal behavior and ethics, I learned that elephant rides themselves are very cruel and stressful to the elephants and over time causes a lasting arthitic pain and spinal damage as well as emotional stress to some of the worlds most emotionally sensitive animals. I also read in other reviews of this site that the keepers do use a bullhook - an instrument of abuse. Even if it is used gently in front of visitors, the only reason an elephant responds to its use is if in the past it has been used to inflict pain - and this 'traning' is done to those adorable babies behind closed doors. So while maybe this particular place may seem 'better' than others, and may claim to depend upon tourist - rides revenue to properly care for their animals, the truth is they are exploiting the elephants, and any elephant ride program is a big RED FLAG. Meeting elephants in Thailand is a wonderful experience that tourists can certainly enjoy - but by supporting true sanctuaries and rescues this can be done in a way that truly benefits everyone involved. No matter how well-meaning, your guess about animal behavior is just that - and from a more professional point of view I am sad, but for the sake of improving the current crisis of elephant expoitation in Thailand must let you know that what this attraction and all others like is doing is NOT OK. They are decieving the public for profit, and worse, harming the elephants. How can we visit elephants and KNOW if we are helping or hurting? I GARANTEE: ANY elephant attraction that is FOR-PROFIT, USES A BULL-HOOK, or OFFERS ELEPHANTS RIDES is exploitive and cruel to a greater or lesser degree - DO NOT SUPPORT. Check out the Lonelt Planet Guide "How to Interact Ethically with Elephants in Thailand" for some great ideas.
13 July 2016|
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Response from Patuli |
Thank you for posting. I experienced an elephant pseudo-sanctuary as a volunteer. It has glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, but once I did a bit more research it was obvious the animals were being abused and the owner was more... More
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