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Taweechai Elephant Camp, Kanchanaburi

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#5 of 15 in Parks in Kanchanaburi
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Get a bit of outdoor adventure in the company of elephants at Taweechai Elephant Camp. The camp offers a variety of activities, including an adrenaline-inducing ride down the nearby river on a bamboo raft. You can watch the elephants do various impressive tricks and later interact with them, and even bathe and care for them. Ride the elephants down to the river, where the gentle giants like to squirt water at visitors and splash about. Keep in mind that the mahouts will be expecting tips throughout your ride. See Taweechai Elephant Camp and all Kanchanaburi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanchanaburi holiday planner.
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  • Took a quick stop on the way to Erawan falls.... What a poor site to see. The elephants are chained in very cruel way. We did not took any ride and just feed them the banana but feel sad...  more »
  • Just off the main rd between kanchanaburi and Erawan national park is this great little place! 1000 baht gets you a ride plus heaps of photos and a wash on the river! Don't believe the virtue signalle...  more »
  • Sell Qi elephants in the Park, the last bought little bananas to feed her! Second paragraph: the Qi like bathing in the River Kwai, although wearing life jackets 剛 Oh well just the Club Med onto the nose! Third paragraph: raft game River Kwai! Very exciting well, difficult to forget! MTV alert
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  • Amazing Experience for an Afternoon This was absolutely the best memory I had while visiting Thailand. While this is one of the most basic elephant experiences you can get while in Thailand, it was still well worth the time. When we arrived, it was not 10 minutes before we were already on top of an elephant, riding the elephant as it meandered through the camp on nearby trails. Halfway through the riding, we were able to move from the seat that was strapped to the elephant, to riding the elephant directly on it's head/neck. Our elephant happened to love being pet in the front of it's ears :) While our tour guide did not speak much english, he was funny and clearly loved his job. He even took our phone and jumped down from the elephant to film us and take photos while we were sitting and riding directly on the elephant. He also posed for funny photos with us. After the riding, we spent some time playing with one of the elephants (she kept wrapping her nose around people, trying to get their plastic water bottles), and then a baby elephant show started shortly after, that include one of the babies raising a flag, chasing a soccer ball and hitting it around, and giving "massages" to people in the audience. The only area of improvement that I would like to suggest is to include education on the actual elephant camp and elephants themselves. While the experience was great, having more in depth knowledge on where we were and how the camp operates would have put the experience over the top.
  • Great place and nice people. Our family had a really memorable visit and there are both drinks and restrooms at the location.
  • They were awesome!! Let us swim and bath with the elephants
  • Terrible. If you think this is how elephants should be treated, why don't you chain yourself up. This baby could barely move, continually jerking its leg back and forth. Support elephants, don't ride them.
  • Abused, tortured and depressed. Elephants are treated so badly to train them to be riden like this. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS PLACE! Go somewhere like elephant nature park where you're actually helping then elephants

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Where to stay in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi town center offers plenty of comfortable hotels, with pricier ones located right on the banks of the River Kwai. Move away from the river to take advantage of a drastic drop in prices for rooms offering much the same level of comfort and facilities provided by the city's riverside alternatives. Explore the rural areas for budget hotels, quirky rental apartments, and guesthouses making use of their scenic surroundings.
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