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Elephant Village Pattaya

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54 / 1 Moo 2 | Nong Prue, Pattaya 20260, Thailand
+66 38 249 818
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Elephant rides.... oh my!

When we learned about this excursion option in Pataya we knew that we had to go. We had heard great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erin W
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Agreed - shameful way to make a living

Both a real rip-off in terms of value and a dreadful way to treat animals. We thought we were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dragonannie
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54 / 1 Moo 2 | Nong Prue, Pattaya 20260, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we learned about this excursion option in Pataya we knew that we had to go. We had heard great things about this facility and the way that they treat the animals ahead of time. And when we learned that we could ride the elephants...More

Thank Erin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both a real rip-off in terms of value and a dreadful way to treat animals. We thought we were visiting an elephant sanctuary. This was clearly not what it was. Shameful place - should be closed down.

3  Thank dragonannie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to this place through driving motor bike which was half hour from our hotel in Pattaya beach road. After discussing with the receptionist, we purchased 1 hr ATV ride and 40 minutes Elephant Ride. The receptionist provided discount to total fair which was...More

Thank Nazmul Ahsan K
Reviewed 9 December 2017

What a shameful business. Other true animal sanctuaries exist in Thailand and elsewhere. If you love experiencing animals there is no need to support exploitation instead visit Lek Chalert's elephant sanctuary in the north of Thailand.

5  Thank rob2250
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Stopped in for a nice elephant ride and ended up being tipped to death. The elephants were great but as soon as we left the loading area the Mahout started wanting a 100b tip. After 30 minutes we stopped ride, finished, next employee started out...More

2  Thank surestop
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We were very impressed with service of Online Pattaya (pick up from our hotel in Pattaya and tickets to elephant village) . Elephants are great animals, we had trecking (40 min) and bathing (20 min). We want to visit again and again this place.

Thank Ольга Т
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Contributing money to this organization is wrong and the only thing you can do as a consumer is to NOT GO. I was incredibly sad the entire time I was at this place and the only thing I feel I can do now after participating...More

8  Thank Tanner H
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely amazing! Fun, factual, interactive experience! From the moment we hope out of the car to the moment we got back, the experience was well worth the price, from holding monkeys to being lifted into the air by a elephant.

Thank Joel I
Reviewed 29 September 2017

My wife and I had a great time racing our elephants. The elephant looked happy when he swallowed all my bananas and it was fun getting knocked in the head when he expressed his gratitude. Don't miss the elephants because they will surprise you with...More

Thank KommandantTampa
Reviewed 26 September 2017

The elephants are glorious - they really are impressive creatures - but we didnt enjoy this place so much as the staff were very pushy and always asking for more money.

2  Thank lolaichang
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Victoria A
19 September 2017|
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Response from Alan S | Reviewed this property |
Elephants are worshipped here in Thailand. Abuse, any abuse is not tolerated. The elephants are very loosely chained so they don't wander off. There is no problem. They are very well cared for, far better than some... More
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Samantha22Lichfield
Why is this place advertising as a sanctuary when they are clearly an animal entertainment venue? The definition of a sanctuary is a place of refuge or rest, a place where you can feel at peace and restful. I would like to ask how elephant riding, tug of war, basket ball, talent shows etc are peaceful and restful? Elephants are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring animals. They are also among the most abused when forced to entertain the public by “giving” rides and forced to do other unnatural and painful acts. Travel companies around the world profit from some of the cruellest types of wildlife tourist attractions on earth. Whether it is riding elephants, taking selfies with tigers, or performing dolphin shows, these activities can cause lifelong suffering for wild animals.  Riding elephants. In order to make elephants submit to elephant rides and other human interactions, they are taken from their mothers when babies and forced through a horrific training process known as ‘the crush’. It involves physical restraints, inflicting severe pain and withholding food and water. By the time tourist come to ride an elephant, it may look at peace, but this is because it’s spirit has been broken. The bullhook used permanently reminds the animal of human dominance. The cruelty does not end after the crush. When not performing or used for rides most elephants are kept on chains, unable to socially interact with one another. This is hugely damaging to their physical and psychological wellbeing. Elephants are meant to roam with their families over vast distances, captive elephants are typically kept tightly chained and separated from their friends and loved ones. Up to 550,000 wild animals are currently enduring lifetimes of suffering at tourist entertainment venues globally. Tourists should be given the opportunity to enjoy the animals in their natural habitats not only to prevent animal suffering but to protect wildlife. Animals are not entertainers.
12 April 2017|
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Response from Lookingforthegood |
I think you have answered your questions. This is not a sanctuary. Just a money making racket for the greedy brutal local Thais. Spread the word, which is: stay away.
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