Taweechai Elephant Camp
Taweechai Elephant Camp
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Maria P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The visit was disturbing they kept the elephants in chains of 1m and they cannot move further away. There are 3 little elephants tight from the front foot and they couldn’t move and they were doing circles around the chain. They hit the animals to entertain the visitors with a metal tool in the ear both on the entrance and during the baths. That was the worst they hit the elephants in order to throw water to the bath participants. Awful experience ! Do not support this kind of business!!
Written 6 January 2020
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Mart B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Consider yourself a terrible human being if you do this (or a similar) tour. Elephants are not toys, nor are they diving boards.

The natural behaviour of elephants is to be very territorial. The only way for elephants to interact with humans like this (riding, feeding or petting them) is for them to be handled. Just image how you get such a big creature to behave (hint, it isn't gentle).

Think twice about doing these kind of tours.
Written 6 February 2024
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Lucie C
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
My partner and I came to Taweechai to check it out yesterday because we want to have an experience with elephants and we are not ready to give our money away unless we are perfectly comfortable with what we see. We will not choose Taweechai and these are the reasons why:

There was a platform from which dozens of tourists paired in two were waiting for an elephant to take them. I read in my research that an elephant could carry no more than 150kg comfortably and that riding was best done without a seat. Taweechai does not follow this line of thought. On each elephant was two tourists (some of them alone i regret to say were probably weighing 150kg) + the platform to carry them + the mahout sitting just being the animal's ears. This felt like chain work, no character, just one after the other.

There is no one who can answer the most basic questions for you (what activities do you have on offer, how many hours a day do each elephant ride, how much to you charge etc). No one seems to speak english or even be there to welcome you if you just drop by.

Now the most shocking: there were three baby elephants (3 years old) all with a chain (maybe not even a meter long) keeping them attached on one spot on the ground. The animals are still very young and you can tell by their body language that they are slowly going crazy. They keep pacing the ground, being stopped after two steps by this chain. They are the cutest and like human contact. We approached and straight away they wanted to smell us. I watched for a few minutes. Do they ever get released from their chains? What's the point of it?

Elephant rides are not cheap and they are very popular. There are no excuses why people that own this camp shouldn't do better.

Please do not support animal cruelty. We, tourists, are shaping the future of tourism in Thailand and we vote every time we give our money for a service. Let's set the standards much higher than this.
Written 4 March 2014
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caander1
Seattle, WA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
I can't speak to this elephant camp because I didn't see enough of it to give a fair review, although I don't have high hopes considering our experience. This review is specifically about the mahout and the elephant we had.

When we first met our elephant, he had a big, oozing gash on his head about an inch and a half in diameter. Who knows how it happened - nothing to worry about, right? During the ride, the mahout seemed pretty agitated and kept hitting the elephant and yelling commands. It didn't seem disobedient but I've never been around an elephant before, and I've heard their hides are really thick. Then we got to the bathing portion and that's when I knew something was really wrong.

In the time it took us to change, there was another chunk of skin missing from the elephant's head near the first injury but this was not as deep. It's not much fun to bath an elephant while an angry mahout is standing behind you, hitting the elephant seemingly as hard as he can and yelling at it. I couldn't determine what the elephant was doing or not doing to displease him. As a tourist, I just wanted to be close to this gigantic, rare creature for a little while.

Back on the dock, we were petting it and the mahout angrily got on the animal and took it back in the river without regard for the fact that we were enjoying ourselves. He then proceeded to beat the elephant in front of us taking it though the same set of tricks. I was so upset I yelled and broke into tears threatening to post a bad review. There was someone else at the dock who had to translate what was happening to the mahout because he was too involved beating this elephant with metal prod portion of the stick. The elephant was then whisked away and we didn't see it again. After we had changed, there was a car waiting for us to take us back to the main buildings. I assume we were supposed to have ridden the elephant back.

I am so upset that I went to this place. I hope my review will get that mahout fired. I'd like to tell you to go somewhere else, but I don't know if the other places are any better.
Written 28 August 2013
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Elise J
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
I researched this place a little but not as much as I should have. What I researched said that they treated the elephants well, they did not. They use pick axe like tools to command the elephants. The elephant I was on was bleeding from it. All the elephants seemed very sad. They were used like a mill. They were all beat up, with scars all over them. Baby elephants were chained up to begin their training. Seeing the treatment of these animals brought me to tears.

The men were constantly making fun of me and my friend and talking about us. Our guides face explained it all.

After this experience I firmly believe that animals this large should not be tamed let alone for human entertainment and I am very ashamed that I took part in it.
Written 7 October 2016
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AsB1512
Kanchanaburi, Thailand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Please don't book this excursion or go to this park. It is expensive and more important the elephants don't seem happy at all. I find it animal abuse how they threat them. This was a horrible experience and I regret that I went.
Written 9 March 2015
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guiness24
Melbourne, Australia59 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
An awful experience, elephant was walking amongst coke cans and rubbish and was reluctant to be walking in the heat of the day, handler was awful.
I wish I had never gone, as it is not a walk through the jungle, just around a dry old rubbish littered paddock.
This is not a proper animal park, more like a run down campsite, people and animals are not healthy and well cared for.
Written 1 April 2015
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Andrew B
Houston, TX30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Recommend avoiding this experience. I went on this as part of a tour package. This was the worst part of my entire vacation. First, the staff member who guided the elephant during the ride was rude, extremely unprofessional, and handled the elephant poorly. He prodded the elephant into the backside of another forcing it to walk with its trunk in the rear end of another animal instead of allowing it to walk beside as it clearly wanted to do. He rushed the entire experience and belittled myself, the tip, and other visitors. I was very uncomfortable with this entire camp and would recommend to anyone that has an appreciation for these animals....AVOID. Find a more reputable camp that has professional staff and cares properly for these amazing elephants.
Written 16 February 2015
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Ron N
Gold Coast, Australia34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
I based my day going to Kanchanaburi on this as I'd read some good reviews. I was really disappointed. The elephants looked sad, I didn't feel any happiness there at all, our guide was quite rushed and took every chance to stop so we could get photos taken by them at a cost. No the Elephants weren't in their natural habitat, they're all chained up waiting for the next ride. I'm disappointed with myself more than anything that I contributed to this Elephant slavery. I'm sure there must be better places than this around, don't waste your time or money.
Written 4 March 2015
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David I
Hove, UK30 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Business
Elephants kept on chains - they're also not meant to be ridden as it's incredibly bad for them. Do some research before visiting this kind of place.
Written 4 January 2019
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