Wangpo Elephant Camp, Kanchanaburi

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Get a close look at the jungle's gentle giants by paying a visit to Wangpo Elephant Camp. Ride these majestic creatures through the bush and down into the River Kwai, where you can swim, feed, and wash an elephant. Bond with a wild yet friendly animal by climbing on its back and letting it playfully throw you into the water. A visit to Wangpo Elephant Camp represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kanchanaburi online route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Lots of activities. I rode one of the elephants. The guide even jumped off and took my photo. You can bathe and feed them.  more »
  • As with many tourists, see the elephants was for us a dream that we wanted to achieve. So we booked a package (elephant bath + water fall) to the nearest agency. Being aware after some research that the elephant riding was harmful, the Agency sold us activity with elephants as being simply a bath with the elephant in respect of the animal. It was not our unpleasant surprise to see all these elephants harnessed, covered with sores waiting d be mounted by (too) many tourists! Our guide told us to mounted on an elephant and we of course refused (d elsewhere this n was absolutely not what we had agreed with him). The back d elephant trekking, we informed t - it, lasts 15 minutes and ballads are the chain without pause none for the animal both there is seeking tourists. The mahouts, or trainers, are unpleasant and screaming permanently on the elephant hitting him with a blunt object systematically (wounds on elephants are visible). The time came to bath, a mahout violently isolated an elephant and forced s lying in the river. I have been involved in this activity with one of my daughters (my first daughter is crying in front of the condition of the animal); the mahout howled constantly on the elephant so what watered us with his trunk for 15 min before the next group of tourists take over. No connection with the animal, the poor being forced (under penalty d being struck batting) d carry out the orders of the mahout to have fun. I don't recommend any such camps or the animal is treated as a slave and regret every penny spent because of deceptive practices of this agent. Pass your road, prefer shrines that are first designed the property of the animal and not a profit (that fortunately).
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  • If I could give it a 0 out of 5 I would! This place is an elephant prison, they are either chained up all day or giving tourists rides on their backs. Our guide repeatedly hit and yelled at our elepha...  more »

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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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