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Pattaya Elephant Village

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48/120, Moo 7 | Nong Prue, Pattaya 20150, Thailand
+66 38 249 818
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Meet the local Elephants

I took my young nieces here to experience the Elephants and have there first ride on one. The price... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2015
ScubaPattaya
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Pattaya, Thailand
Worth one visit

Cost $1200 baht plus you get hit on for 100 baht tips, feeding the fish for 100 baht and feeding... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2015
Tsunetomo8
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Brisbane, Australia
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48/120, Moo 7 | Nong Prue, Pattaya 20150, Thailand
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

I took my young nieces here to experience the Elephants and have there first ride on one. The price was a bit steep but it was worth it. The Thai people who work there where very friendly and seemed to really care for the Elephants...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2015

Cost $1200 baht plus you get hit on for 100 baht tips, feeding the fish for 100 baht and feeding bananas to the baby elephants for 100 baht. Then there is the 300 baht photo at the end and don't wave at the video girl...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2015

Its a shame the manner in which these magnificent creatures are treated in captivity but you can see the intelligence first hand here

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Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Its well worth the visit although quite expensive. I understand the reason fir such high fees to cover the enormous xost of feeding these awesome beasts. They truly are worth visiting wighout a doubt

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Reviewed 14 October 2015

Believe this to be a 'conservation' project- which it appeared to be. No 'hard sell'- but the usual 'photo- opportunity'- bits- buy them or not.

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Reviewed 10 October 2015

We enjoyed the trip out to here, about 30 mins from Pattaya centre. The elephants appear to be well cared for.... The ride was great, we had a very slow elephant so we were walking behind everyone along the road, with the cars/bikes overtaking us....More

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

The elephants at the Elephant Village appear to actually know when someone loves to see and feed them. I would go every week, but I am not a tourist; I live here! This unique Thai venue is one of the most representative activities in Thailand,...More

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 4 October 2015

The Elephant Village was opened in Pattaya in 1973 as a sanctuary for former working elephants. These elephants, through reasons of injury or ill health, can no longer be used as a part of the backbone of heavy work in the jungles of Thailand. Also...More

Thank Zzaib
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Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

Went on Tuesday was going to have a go ar shooting you can pick from all sorts of guns me and the wife love it then under no pressure had a elephant ride I'm a big lad but it was ok you use a platform...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2015

Must do wilst out in Thailand. Elephants were well looked after, well fed and clean as a whistle. I managed to ride one, such clever animals. I never stopped smiling and seeing how well there treated made the whole experience much better

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Victoria A
20 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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