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Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo, Nakhon Pathom

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Ride on the back of an elephant at Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo, or view one of the daily shows featuring these gentle giants playing soccer and reenacting historical battles. The zoo allows you to get up close to the creatures and feed them fruit and sugar cane, and during the breaks between shows you can ride them around the local garden. Catch one of the crocodile shows to see trainers wrestle and play with the reptiles. The zoo houses a small collection of other animal species, including twin Bengal tigers, and lets you take pictures with them for an extra charge. Note that multiple visitors have reported less than desirable conditions for the animals here; if you're concerned about this, you may want to research the latest reviews or consider visiting a facility that focuses on conservation rather then entertainment. Plan to visit Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nakhon Pathom attractions using our Nakhon Pathom vacation planner.
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  • I want to believe that the elephants are treated well, they seem to like their mahouts and in general look in good shape. If you must ride an elephant at some point in your life, this is probably an O...  more »
  • This experience was one of a kind. We traveled for 2 hours, waited for the others for another hour but its worth it. Though the stay was only short, we enjoyed going around and taking pictures especia...  more »
  • Actually its not a zoo but can be said as a elephant and crocodile park. Elephant shows are organised daily at fixed time, where elephants show their tricks. About 20-30 min show. Crocodile show is al...  more »

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Where to stay in Nakhon Pathom

A Nakhon Pathom trip is easily completed in a day from Bangkok, but tourists wishing to stay overnight can find accommodations at outdated but comfortable hotels. As in most large cities, prices vary for rooms ranging from backpacker-friendly to upscale. Aim for a hotel near bus stations serving Bangkok if you plan to travel, or near a night market if you want easy access to dining and shopping. Always choose a room away from the street, as the busy city tends to make a lot of noise in the morning and at night.
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