Pattaya Elephant Village, Pattaya

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Meet some of nature's grandest creatures at Pattaya Elephant Village, a sanctuary for old and injured elephants no longer able to work in the jungles of Thailand. Take a ride on the back of one these stoic beasts, have a go at feeding them with your hand, and--of course--take a whole bunch of photos. Learn more about the lives of working elephants in Thailand from the trained keepers, as well as about the work done by the sanctuary and others like it. Plan to visit Pattaya Elephant Village during your Pattaya vacation using our convenient Pattaya trip itinerary maker website .
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  • Excursion: Arrival: pay to get take a picture by my spouse with the baby elephant chained pay to take wraps in a sheet by the trunk of the poor adult elephant chained pay to buy bananas at poor chained elephants Excursion to an elephant: embarks on a bucket, my spouse and me, I didn't really but hey not displeasing to the group..., poor elephant who gets stung by the driver Direction big puddle of water with the elephant that did not down the steep slope, which brought him to the height of the fed up, I thought that we were going to nose! Oops we get caught in photo, all seems well, sitting on the elephant in the water with the background of a semblance of jungle out of the pond water, and go on the asphalt road for our ride on an elephant with the basket that holds all or unless of course strewn road right and left mounds of waste! Finally after 20 Minutes, we arrived at last! Tip to give upon arrival! Walk in the jungle: we were promised a walk in the jungle! We walk in single file in an open trail, wonderful stop in front of a small hotel honoring a God with plastic bottles empty in offering! neither more nor less than a another mound of waste! Finally we arrive at the factory where he raise worms for silk, no trace anywhere, nothing that silk scarves for sale US $ 10! Raft we now brings us on a pond of water that we are experiencing on a raft that the mechanism is cable and pulley! Tip to give upon arrival! Muffles back on dry land, we ship in carts pulled by muffles which vary had need to relieve the intestines was a few inches from our faces coming no this farce! Wood without rubber wheels to lessen the shock! Even the young Thai that we meet on the road died laughing seeing us! Tip to give upon arrival! Show a show offered us hospitality and. Worse can admire local talent 1 or women and several men and transgender people. End of year of high school but very beautiful costumes and beautiful transgender show. Tip to give again! Compared to the rest good breaded chicken meals, fruits and exceptionally good. Finally for the price paid, I must say that it is a real scam of excursions companies!
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  • Always wanted to ride on an elephant. Mission accomplished! Yes the village is set up to take your money so go with that in mind. Everyone and everything costs. Pick up bang on time. The trip was exac...  more »
  • "" Please check on practices for "break" of elephants to make them docile to satisfy the tourists! Tap on your search engine "phajaan" and make you account of the atrocity of this practice. We have to educate people: not an elephant is not pleased to carry you and a basket on their backs. He's not happy to be detained chained in a tiny pen etc etc... Therefore you see baskets; small enclosures; strings; If the mahout uses a hook or a stick believing that it doesn't hurt him: run away! That is absolutely false. We have to finish with this activity...
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  • MUST READ THIS IN FULL. Let me first say I'm from US, so my review might only be useful to those with similar line of thought. I read reviews on this place before deciding to go, all mixed reviews, but I am going to set the record straight......It cost 2600 baht per person for the combination trekking, which, at the time seemed reasonable, seeing as though I never rode an elephant before nor been so up close with them and a few birds, guinea pigs, ducks, and a few others I didn't recognize. Because I arrived a little early, they let us wander around the facilities and we came upon 2 small monkeys in a cage, and a boy immediately walks up, takes a monkey from the small cage and says picture 100 baht, I politely decline, but little did I know that was just the beginning. This is very important.....the combination trekking advertises the following agenda: 1. Hour ride on elephant. A little bumpy, but it was as advertised, along the way, someone was taking video and someone took a pic. At the end, the driver/elephant poker asked for a tip, where I'm from, in a service industry you don't ask for tips, doesn't matter which country. I'm not going to tell you what I wanted to say if someone in US asked for a tip, but wanting to be friendly, I offered 20 baht (not much of a tip, but don't forget the price tag to enter, and the fact that a tip was requested, his response was, "no, 100 baht", really, since when do we get to turn down a tip and and request more? I hope many others complain about this and write a poor review, because this actually killed the experience immediately for me. 2. Silk house was interesting, 3. Jungle walk was a bike path through some foliage, nothing to see here folks. 4. Ox ride, bumpy, but was able to see how they poop and swat flies away with their tales. This guy didn't ask for tip, but, he sure waited for one to be given. 5. Raft ride was peaceful, there must literally be thousands of catfish in the mud lake (new nickname) that the guide was feeding, and they came to the surface like Piranha once food hits the water. These guys didn't ask for tips, but there was a tip jar, surprise, surprise. And they watch you to see if you put a tip in the box.....very uncomfortable how the hole tip thing works there. 6. Dinner, we had upset stomachs from a meal the night before, so we passed on the meal, however, 7. Welcome Thai show never happened. 8. Upon departure, they will want 200 baht for a still photo, or 1000 baht for a video, and if you decline, they will appear not happy........so I suggest, when you buy the tickets, or upon arrival, you specify no video, so they don't waste their time and yours trying to convince you at the end. If you are OK with that, cool. You have been informed. Overall cost for riding and elephant, which is not very pleasant after 15 minutes, a Ox cart ride for 20 min, a picture, a 20 min raft ride, all tips, 6000 baht, which includes a 100 baht for a bag of bananas to feed the elephant's.
  • The cultural show and seeing the other animals was nice. Especially the meerkats. It is a little sad to realize the tools that are used to train an elephant. To some it seems cruel. Historically, the tools were used to train elephants to help advance mankind. I enjoyed learning about the rubber trees. It was an informative and educational experience.
  • The Elephant Village in Pattaya is a safe sanctuary for those elephants where they can live as close to their natural habitat as possible. It offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time close to these magnificent creation of nature. The sanctuary inhabits and cares for former working elephants which are ill or suffering injuries. This is a great opportunity for you to do your part in saving and caring for these elephants. It is a non profit sanctuary and the fee that is paid by you goes to improve and provide facilities to these elephants. You can watch the training show and go for elephant trekking in this unique sanctuary. %%place_in_between_here%%Location: The Elephant village is located 7km off Sukhumvit. Timing: Elephant show starts from 2:30 PM. Price: Price for Elephant Show is 500 baht per person. Price for elephant trek is 2000 baht per person..
  • Was brought here by a taxi when I requested a different elephant place. It's put together nice has a cool water path the elephant take on there walk. They elephants seam to be taken good care just could not get past them hitting the elephants.
  • Interesting and what you would expect. No easy food or water though it was there. Worth it when part of cruise maybe not so much getting there on your own.

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