ElephantsWorld, Kanchanaburi

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Spending time with some of nature's grandest creatures at ElephantsWorld, a center that is firmly focused on animal welfare, sustainability, and ecology. Established in 2008, this non-profit organization acts as a sanctuary for sick, old, disabled, abused, and rescued elephants, who enjoy a decent quality of life here. Feed them, wash them, and help with their care: the elephants here are treated with respect, having been taken out of poor conditions elsewhere. Staff will inform you as to the behavior of elephants in the wild, the dangers facing them, and what can be done to protect them. To plan Kanchanaburi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • When we visited Thailand, we wanted to see the elephants , but not ride them. We were very pleased with Elephants World. It is a long day, but the interaction with the elephants, the feeding and the a...  more »
  • Firstly the price at 60 something gbp is not over the top at all. They look after 27 elephants, Home mahouts to look after the elephants, feed the elephants and provide for the volunteers and keep the...  more »
  • This place is wonderful and you will spend a day getting to interact with elephants and learn about their care. The deep respect and caring atmosphere is apparent at all times. You'll feed the animals...  more »
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  • I have just finished my month as a volunteer, and I was really disappointed... I thought it was a sanctuary but it is not. I thought it was a non profit organization as written on the website, but it was not... - Elephants have to follow a strict schedule every day because there are so many visitors that they can't have a day to rest. (No limit of number of visitors). - some activities are just for tourists and the elephants don't need it and don't like it : bathing time with buckets and brushes (even worse). Do you really believe that an elephant needs to be washed everyday ?! - 130 visitors per day in July for 25 elephants ! And soon there will not be enough volunteer to guide them because the owner is not happy about us telling the truth to visitors so he will probably cancel the volunteer program... - the owner doesn't want to pay for a bull pen for Johnny , he prefers keeping him chained all day long to a tree. - the owner pays for another male elephant with tusks to please the tourists and to make new babies to attracts even more ! - the mahouts (elephant care taker) are underpaid ... I can write a lot of negative points about this place... it's sad for the elephants and for the nice people who are working there and try to make it a better place . So if you really love animals , please don't go there and find a real ethical sanctuary. I did my best explaining each day to visitors what's good or not, I hope the message will be spread and the owner will realise his mistakes.
  • If you love animals, do not support this place. The "mahoots" ride the elephants and use bull hooks, they are not fed a proper diet even though your purchases are supplying them with plenty of funding, and the animals are made to please the tourists. If you want an animal experience, visit a wild life sanctuary or nature preserve.
  • A cynical use of the elephants to make you feel that they care, in reality this is just another money sucking factory that will waste your time and money, hours of just waiting and doing nothing until they let you watch a video asking for more money. If you like being taken advantage as a tourist this is the place to go!
  • If you like animals, this is not your place. It is a place with which they seek to make money at the expense of elephants. They are not in good condition.
  • My experience from this program was uderley disscusting it is not worth the mountain loud of money it is and overall it's kind of boring the only fun thing we did was feed the elephants but nothing else. The entire time and my family were just sitting around waiting and getting burnt by the sun. There were also way to many people especially for the elephants and when we wanted a refund the owner called us stupid. Don't recommend waist of our time and money.

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