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Thai Elephant Conservation Center

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Address: Km. 28-29 Lampang - Chiang Mai Highway | Wiang Tan, Hang Chat, Lampang 52190, Thailand
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This 300-acre area consists of an elephant hospital and training school,...

This 300-acre area consists of an elephant hospital and training school, which help to conserve the Thai elephants and protect them from extinction.

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Spent an enjoyable 3 hours wandering about a large country area where several elephants seem happy to call home. They have many separate areas, nursery, hospital, show area and... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
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Baldwin, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm an RN and thought it would be nice to visit the elephant hospital. Apparently there is an area dedicated to fitting elephants with prosthetic limbs bc of stepping on land mines. Instead what my son and I witnessed was disturbing. There was an elephant chained to a wall and the attendants were trying to put an elephants leg in... More 

2 Thank btownbar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Spent an enjoyable 3 hours wandering about a large country area where several elephants seem happy to call home. They have many separate areas, nursery, hospital, show area and this is easily visited by using the ''train'' that travels around the park. Very modest costs as well. Nice set up.

1 Thank brucemb
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

A wonderful place to visit and interact with elephants. The elephants are treated ethically here. Wash, feed and interact with these retired domestic animals. We had the best time here! Worth every BAHT!

2 Thank Jennifer P
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The Thai Elephnat Conservation Center is an instituion in Thailand and highly respected by every one. Even if the presentation of the elephants is some how a standardized show we liked the excursion much. You can go really close and feel the elephant like you would never be able in a zoo or so. This makes it special.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We went here with some concerns about elephant treatment in some of the Thai attractions. This is a rescue center for domesticated elephants and we were reminded that there really is a difference between wild and domesticated animals. The elephants seemed to be treated with care and respect. We especially enjoyed interacting with them. You can pet them, feed them... More 

1 Thank Joe B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

An incredible day out, especially with young children in toe. Staff clearly loved the animals, which were well cared for. Lots of information about how we can better look after these magnificent creatures. Watching the afternoon elephant bathing was a highlight for our 4 year old and two year old.

1 Thank Andy B
Edmonton, Canada
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I visited the TECC for three days and took part in their mahout training. After reading so many reviews of different elephant camps in Thailand, I was pretty worried about abuse of the animals. However, after spending a few days there and speaking with other visitors, I can say without a doubt that this is a place that cares for... More 

2 Thank Emerald L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

It should not be called an Elephant "Conservation Centre" as they do not protect the animals from harm. Heavy chains on their legs, constantly being ridden, the riders have whips. Elephant shows which is not natural. The elephants paint which harms their trunk. You have to pay to enter and also pay to feed them, the only elephant centre that... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

For some reason they charge you double if you are a farang for the elaphant ride, bit unfair. Not much too see, in a remote area you need a car to get there

1 Thank ozjimbo
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

I must add , I am against any kind of activity that takes an unfair toll on an animal and I don't condone circus acts but these elephants seem so happy to show what they can do. The Lampang Elephant Conservation Center managed under under the government Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The Center's main concerns are to sustainably conserve... More 

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