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Phutawan Elephant Camp

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A torture camp ran by thugs

I am not much of an animal rights person normally but the way this place is run is a disgrace for a... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2018
via mobile

My partner and I hired a motorbike to travel to Doi Inthanon national park. On the way, we came... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Lucy C
Leicester, United Kingdom
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17 Jul 2018
“A torture camp ran by thugs”
9 Nov 2017
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Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

I am not much of an animal rights person normally but the way this place is run is a disgrace for a number of reasons. The big one if of course the mistreatment of elephants, all the bad reviews below match up exactly to our...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

My partner and I hired a motorbike to travel to Doi Inthanon national park. On the way, we came across this small enclosure next to the cafe where elephants were chained by the ankle. The chain had hardly any length at all and the elephants...More

3  Thank Lucy C
Reviewed 16 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

6  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

9  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

8  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

9  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

9  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

10  Thank Eden P
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