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Sappraiwan Elephants Sanctuary

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Experience of a Lifetime

The experience and treatment of the animals is amazing. The facility is still in the process of... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
EmVanWf
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Palm Desert, California
Ethical Elephant Sanctuary

The elephants are free to roam around the sanctuary and people are invited to observe from a... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
Maria M
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Perth, Australia
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1/79 Moo 2 | Kaeng Sopha subdistrict, Wang Thong, Thailand
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

The experience and treatment of the animals is amazing. The facility is still in the process of installing a fence/barrier around the grounds. Because there is no barrier, the elephants do need to have chains to keep them from going into a busy road, the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank EmVanWf
tducay, Guest Relations Manager at Sappraiwan Elephants Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Dear EmVanWf, Thank you so much for your review of Sappraiwan Elephant Resort and Sancturary. We appreciate your explaination of why a chain is used to keep the elephants and guests safe. For those unfamilliar, at night when the mahouts sleep, the elephants are stationed...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018

This is not a sanctuary Elephants are on chains, hooks are used to control them....HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE! Please do not support this disgusting place :/More

Date of experience: May 2018
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tducay, Guest Relations Manager at Sappraiwan Elephants Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Petra, Thank you for your review, We are very sorry to learn of your experience. We do use a 20 meter light weight chain for when the mahouts sleep at night and the elephants are in the jungle eating without a mahout. This is to...More

Reviewed 9 June 2018

The elephants are free to roam around the sanctuary and people are invited to observe from a distance. Seeing elephants at their most natural, it is a joy to behold.More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Maria M
tducay, Guest Relations Manager at Sappraiwan Elephants Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2018

Thank you Maria, We appreciate the time you took to write this review. Sappraiwan Elephant Resort and Sanctuary is continually trying to increase the humane welfare for our elephants andteach others, especailly young children about the state of the elephant population, treatment and it's impact...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017

I visited the Sappraiwan Elephant Sanctuary for a week this summer with a student travel program. We were all extremely excited to do service with the elephants, but as soon as we got there, it occurred to us that the staff was not trained, and...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank css1017
Reviewed 22 January 2016

My son and I stayed at Sappraiwan for a week to work with the elephants. The beds at the volunteer dorm felt similar to my kitchen countertops, but there was AC and hot (warm) water showers. The elephants were such a joy to be around,...More

Date of experience: December 2015
5  Thank Emilie K
Reviewed 9 July 2015

I really loved this resort. My husband and I went there because I really wanted to see the elephants. We were living in Thailand for almost a year when we decided to go there. The only elephants we had seen, were captive, exploited elephants. I...More

Date of experience: February 2015
2  Thank NoekeD
Reviewed 22 February 2015

We had a truly unforgettable experience with Sappraiwan Elephant Sanctuary. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to get up close with elephants in their natural surroundings. There are no shows or souvenirs - thank goodness. This is an opportunity to ride an...More

Date of experience: February 2015
4  Thank ThaiTeacherBangkok
Reviewed 12 February 2015

I’ve lived in Thailand for about 8 years and have done multiple elephant activities at various locations, and this one is by far the best I’ve seen or even heard about. This place offers so much more than just an elephant ride. It is a...More

Date of experience: February 2015
4  Thank linz27
Reviewed 9 November 2014

This is only the second review of this sanctuary. But what a wonderful lovely place this is. Rescued elephants are having a great time, being cared for by careful and animal friendly mahouts. And you can share that experience for half a day, a day...More

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank expat_sealover
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The sanctuary is hided in the area of resort so not many people known about it. Last year I went to stay at the resort and falling in love with herds of elephants. Therefore, this time I went there again to try the elephants mahout...More

Date of experience: June 2014
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Response from css1017 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately this is true and I agree: it was uncomfortable to visit.
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