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Seaview Elephant Camp

#72 of 82 things to do in Kathu Features Animals
Saiyuan Road | Kata, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
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Baby elephants used for tourism?

If you like to see your wildlife tethered to chains, forced to perform stupid tricks and looking... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2015
Evesham, United Kingdom
Don't waste your time!

We arrive and there were at least 20 other people there already or arriving around the same time... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2015
Chris S
Hong Kong
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7 May 2017
“I am sorry that we did this”
28 Feb 2017
“I paid to abuse elephant”
Saiyuan Road | Kata, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
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Reviewed 16 April 2015

If you like to see your wildlife tethered to chains, forced to perform stupid tricks and looking miserable then look no further than this camp. From baby elephants to monkies cycling you will love the cruelty that this place exudes. Great for all non animal...More

2  Thank Alithepole
Reviewed 10 April 2015

We arrive and there were at least 20 other people there already or arriving around the same time. We waited for about 15-20 minutes and were one of the first to get on. As an earlier poster mentioned, the ride was far from exciting, exhilarating...More

1  Thank Chris S
Reviewed 1 April 2015 via mobile

We got what we came for- elephant and monkeys- and an ATV tour- but we came away dirty and feeling that way- A bit too pricey for the experience and certainly the environment was not well cared for considering the trash, etc on the elephant...More

2  Thank MarkRM69
Reviewed 21 March 2015

It was my first elephant ride. My fiancé and I had a great time. I was a little concerned that the seatbelt was a car seatbelt without the actual buckle. It was tied into a knot to keep you in place. The ride itself was...More

Thank Thomas K
Reviewed 4 March 2015 via mobile

I've always had elephant trekking on my bucket list so was pleased to see it in Phuket advertised through Viator and much cheaper than anywhere else. Rather than do the whole safari experience we just went for the one hour elephant trek. We were picked...More

1  Thank MrWestSpain
Reviewed 3 March 2015

A fraction of the cost of other elephant safari treks in Phuket, this attraction was well worth it. My girlfriend and I enjoyed the ride, but I can see how PETA types would whine about the conditions of the animals. Yes, a few of the...More

Thank ChrisThomas1991
Reviewed 25 January 2015

Elephants are well looked after and well fed too. Very quiet and a lovely place to trek and overlook Phuket. The only off putting thing is that the Mahout stops the elephant and tries to sell you trinkets, but you are warned about this from...More

Thank Fiona D
Reviewed 7 November 2014

After reading reviews on here, I was very worried about going to this camp as it isn't rated as one of the best in Phuket however by opinion was changed when we booked a private van from our hotel to take us around Phuket and...More

1  Thank Kbell882
Reviewed 15 October 2014

I hope a lot when i visit there but when i saw elephants i disapointed. They were very sad and i assume that staff are not polite to them i saw few elephants with chains

4  Thank velikadushni
Reviewed 8 October 2014 via mobile

When we go and pay there will be more elephant under the chain. So dont be part of this sin. I am really upset for them. How they hit them. Especially for baby ones pity!

5  Thank Fatma G
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Why did you support this terrible 'elephant camp'? You may be selfish enough to go elephant trekking because you "love" elephants, but if you truly love them, you wouldn't support their abuse. As other reviewers have said, they keep the elephants on short chains, there are ATVs whizzing by them, and the elephants aren't meant to carry several humans on their backs. You can't plead ignorance, you can't say you love and respect these beautiful creatures if you go and support their captivity and exploitation. Why did you support this cruelty?
27 February 2016|
Response from Lea D |
I am doing this trip next week. I am very concerned now that I am reading these reviews. We booked through Viator- one hour elephant Trek.