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Elephant trecking

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Elephant trecking

are the elephant trecks good in Khao Lak compared to Phuket?, are the elephants looked after a bit more being not such a touristy area, have heard a lot about the elephant cruelty and dont want to add to that, love the elephant trecks but not the cruelty side of it all.

any recommendations for a good tour, we are staying at Merlin and noticed from the map that there is one out on the road from the hotel

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1. Re: Elephant trecking

The Asia Elephant and Safari Village opposite the Merlin entrance on the highway is perhaps the oldest and most established and, importantly, respected, ellie trek in Khao Lak. You can walk up or get free transport to the Viewpoint Restaurant which belongs to the company up the highway and as well as affording the best view south in Khao Lak over to Phuket overlooks the elephant's sleeping and feeding quarters. So you can see for yourself that they are well cared for. They also take the elephants down to the beach near the Merlin on occasion so you can see them enjoying a duck in the ocean. The trek itself is a good one, albeit a bit more "hairy" as it goes up and down river banks and through the river/streams so hang on tight. There is also a little zoo there. - see holiday-service-khaolak.com/en/index.php

Alternatively the Sairung Elephant trek provides two treks. The one accessed by turning right from the highway just past Le Meridien (about 25 minutes from the Merlin) is again a "rough" trek, the other over a flat route through a rubber plantation going to and from a little waterfall is another 15 minutes north from the first turn off. You can book a sang thaew to take you to either and pay for the trek (an the bananas to feed your ellie afterwards!) when you get there or book a tour through the likes of Khao Lak Land Discovery - see www.khaolaklanddiscovery.com/bookings.php

There is another one in between these sites just north of Bang Niang but I personally do not like them displaying a baby and adult ellie tied up all day at the front to attract visitors and there is also a monkey and snake show there too which is too commercial for me.

Not having been on a trek in Phuket I cannot compare the two but we certainly enjoyed the Sairung "flat" trek and watching the ellies overlooking the Merlin.

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2. Re: Elephant trecking

thanks arandora

great info on it all, will be nice to watch the ellies on the beach, have to consider the rough trecking though, might prefer the flat treck but we will have a look at the one closer to Merlin

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3. Re: Elephant trecking

Forgot to mention on the Sairung treks you can take over from the mahout on the ellie's neck for part of the trek while he walks along and the ellie follows. The only time on our trek he had to use the hook behind the ellie's ear was when it suddenly departed from the path and decided to try and take us for a bath with him!!!

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