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There are chains and they do go on trecks which are very damaging to elephants. Their backs are not built to have humans weight. Too sad for the elephants to be held by the ear to make them do what they want them to. Read...More
We expected what we have seen in the photos ... a tropical forest 3/4H tour on the back of an elephant, to see/hear some monkey or birds to get some information about elephants, forest and other animals.
What we get on top of the elephant...More
First and foremost the website says they do not offer animal trekking, however upon arrival they did offer trekking, even their brochure says they offer it. The elephants were chained, they had a small monkey on the property that was also chained in a box....More
We chose option 2 and we loved it. We were promptly picked up and taken there. It was about 30mins away from Karin.
The elephants had no chains or no hooks were used. They pretty much followed commands and were also fed as encouragement. We...More
I was quite torn about doing activities with elephants as their is apparently a lot of poor abused elephants that are beaten to perform for tourists.
We found this place at a tourist attraction hut in Patong and it looked the most ethical.
Amazing experience. I have always wanted to experience something like this - I love elephants - was always worried about animal abuse etc but with Baanchanghai that was far from the case. They were not chained and looked well after. We got to feed them,...More
It is situated in Kamala (top of a hill with terrific view) and they send pick up (and drop off) tuk tuk type of transport from hotel. The elephants are not chained and are gathered in a place (snacking). We took the 30min ride -...More