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Phutawan Elephant Camp

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Address: Chiang Mai 50360, Thailand
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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 into. I should have done more advanced research and gone to a sanctuary. The... read more

1 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
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1 of 5 bubbles 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. While there, the mother had a freak out and started yelling and almost charged at... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 run around free, if it was a sanctuary. They assured me it was exactly that.... More 

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6 Thank Inge C
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1 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 Thank M d
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 child were each chained to a tree out the front to be fed and photographed... More 

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6 Thank bekka2989
Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 to visit. In hindsight, this should've jumped out as a huge clue. The whole procedure... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles 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 walked slowly or wanted to eat. We even saw a calf elephant nursing off its... More 

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6 Thank Davis H
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 than I can do!

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1 Thank Carol E
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2014 via mobile

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 would see how they were treated and decide when we got there. When we arrived... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles 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 and wash them. The agent also said that if we wanted we could also ride... More 

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15 Thank Rita8363
Warnemunde, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 I did not turn around and let the rest of the group do it without... More 

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