Mahawangchang Elephant Camp

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Mahawangchang Elephant Camp

Mahawangchang Elephant Camp
3.5
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Alby666
Terrigal, Australia62 contributions
Jan. 2020
Did the elephant swimming today and was so much fun. The elephants we had were super playful and seemed to have a good bond with their trainers. They take you right down to the river to swim with your elephants and the elephants go right under the water with you on their backs. They really loved it and seemed very playful. I would highly recommend doing the elephant bath as it’s a lot of fun. Book from your hotel and they will give you Thai price of 500b so you don’t pay the tourist price when you get there. Also don’t forget to give your elephant trainer a tip as they said the elephants eat 20 kg each of food per day.
Written 7 January 2020
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graceyy26
Sacramento, CA90 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Couples
We had such an incredible day. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. We rode the elephants bareback and then went in the river with them.

I’ve gone through the reviews for this place (after the fact as we came here via tour group) and it seems that the facility has been responsive to feedback to a degree.

We did not notice any wounds on the animals and they did seems to be somewhat happy. We were not asked to buy food to feed them as they seemed able and happy to eat as we walked (actually very fun to have them eat while we rode)! We were happy they seemed properly fed.

There were bamboo sticks with hooks (which we did not like) BUT I only saw them use the soft end of the bamboo stick to encourage the elephant to move. I wasn’t watching the whole time but I did not ever see them use the hook end. Our guide also took lots of video and in the video the sharp end wasn’t used. My recommendation would be to eliminate the hook all together as most tourist feel uneasy about that.

The elephants not being ridden were chained which made me sad but they at least had an umbrella. I didn’t feel a concern until we were in the water and we had to stand on the elephant’s head. They seemed distressed about it and my husband and I asked to stop a bit early because we didn’t like the commands and tricks they were making the elephants do.

Overall it was an incredible experience. I think this place has come a LONG way with wonderful improvements since some of the earlier reviews. I hope they continue to accept feedback to improve the quality of care for these creatures.

OTHER: the shower facilities were nice and clean and everyone was kind and friendly and helpful.

We did not stay to watch the elephant show as we did not want to support that in any way.
Written 26 October 2019
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Stha Masuku
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1,590 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
We were brought here by a company called Yellow Star 88. They have an office in Bangkok with offices off Sukhumvit road. We were looking for ethical elephant sanctuaries and had made it clear that we did not want to ride elephants. The company was offering two options, one was to ride the elephants and one was to bath them. Well, I don't know why we thought these would be at two different places! It was exactly the same place and same elephants. What made it worse was that we were expected to ride the elephants to the river to bath them. Well, I say bath but this involved the rider and guest remaining on the elephant. On arrival, the elephants would take turns to submerge themselves countless times in response to commands and nudges from the riders. I am sure this is unethical as the elephants are expected to do this several times during the day. We noted that the riders were using small axes and metal hooks for control. It would seem that these were used on the elephants' heads. A few of them had head scabs and their eyes looked lifeless and sad. The elephants were just going round and round in circles waiting to either dip in the water or be ridden around. This was a distressing experience and really sad to see. We did not see any elephants tied though.

The company who arranged this are such a well organised company, I just wish they could use an ethical sanctuary instead of this camp. Please think twice before visiting these elephants.
Written 12 August 2019
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Simon G
4 contributions
Oct. 2018
by sharing this holiday my wife bmiley we had a great expectation of seeing wildlife close up. I was a bit pessimistic at first but enjoyed it immensely. the local food looked adventurous but I stuck with different rice dishes. I bought a statue to warn away bad spirits as a memento. we are going to go back in a few years to see whats changed.
Written 28 June 2019
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Софья
Irkutsk, Russia31 contributions
Nov. 2018
The mistreatment of elephants that are not fed, so that stupid tourists buy food and milk for animals from here. They scoff at elephants with the help of creepy wands.
Written 7 May 2019
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moogle1
Durham, UK120 contributions
Apr. 2019 • Family
I have mixed feelings about this place

We visited mainly as our 5 & 7 year old children wanted to

We paid 500 baht each (250 each child) for an elephant ride, 1500 total

The ride was good and the kids loved it, a great experience for the kids.

2 of us rode on a seat and there was a guy on the front with a stick with a massive hook on to “control” the elephant with.

I would have given more stars but on arrival we were greeted by a rude receptionist person who took the money and appeared aggressive and it was as though, why are you here asking me questions

Also on looking around the place we found a chained up older looking elephant with a hole in his head / puncture wound and blood all down its face and trunk where he’d clearly been whacked

I think we’re potentially supporting animal cruelty here and I wouldn’t visit again
Written 10 April 2019
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AlexMathers
Ho Chi Minh City9 contributions
Jun. 2018 • Couples
Riding on the back of an elephant was refreshing and exciting. We'd never done it before and it was an experience we won't forget. Feeding it with bananas was really fun.
Written 19 June 2018
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Fi205
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Aug. 2017 • Friends
This place is so horrible, baby elephants chained up and obviously distressed. The jungle trek was a walk around a car park! They try to sell you bananas to feed the elephants and they ask for tips, the staff were very unfriendly. There is no open space for the elephants they are all chained under a big shelter with a concrete floor. Unfortunately this was part of a deal, it ruined the whole experience. Very upsetting
Written 6 September 2017
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Andreas Bäumerich
Leverkusen, Germany25 contributions
Mar. 2017 • Friends
Dont do this! Its Animal Cruelty at its best!
Unfortunately it was only a few of our travel group which joined us and did not do this. In the 60 minutes waiting time the Gangnam style was played 8 times, so you can imagine how the animals must suffer.

And to all the People:
It is not funny to beat the Animals with Bambestocks!!!!!!!
Written 15 March 2017
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Kazat3
Grande Prairie, Canada75 contributions
Mar. 2017 • Solo
At first I thought elephant trekking / riding was OK. Like so many others, i just didnt know. But then I learned how they break / train the elephants to give people rides. It's terrible. But please, don't take my word, do separate unbiased research. Elephants are not built to carry things on their back. That's why when you see their mahouts/trainers riding them, they are on their neck or head where the elephant has a lot more support. Older Elephants would normally developed a arch in their back (normal and good) but not trekking Elephants after years of giving tourists rides.

I would recommend sanctuaries like Elephants World. Lots of old or injuries elephants end up here. And you have a ton of interacting with the Elephants including bathing them.
Written 12 March 2017
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