Ayothaya Elephant Village
Ayothaya Elephant Village
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leonard w
San Diego, CA2 contributions
July 2023 • Family
Anything you read about abuse and neglect is a lie. These beautiful animals are happy and healthy. Life-changing, affordable experience. For a tiny charge (~$1.50) you can feed the elephants. That means tangible, in-person experience with magnificent beasts the West in its infinite wisdom has removed so far from your view at zoos that they’re almost unreal. My family rode these amazing animals which was wonderful for us and them. They are beasts of burden with amazing intellects but unless you can interact with them you can’t witness their intelligence. Appreciate nature by actually experiencing it.
Written 11 July 2023
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susan f
64 contributions
June 2023 • Solo
DISGUSTING TREATMENT OF ELEPHANTS

I was horrified to see that Ayutthaya Elephant Village has painted its elephants black and white to resemble pandas.
#ayuthhayaelephantvillage
What is wrong with people to do such a stupid thing???
Written 15 June 2023
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VincentJAnn
United States13 contributions
Sept 2019 • Friends
The owner or manager who seems to be running this service is very bad tempered. This is also a rip off and had a very bad experience. Elephants are also treated badly during the ride.
Written 29 September 2019
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Acosta
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
May 2019 • Family
I should have done my research because during my ride I saw abuse they beat them with sharp hooks you see blood and it broke my heart also they beg you for money before you arrive back at drop off DONT GO!
Written 22 May 2019
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HannahAramo
Leicester, UK3 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I would never dream of visiting this abusive trekking business! Please, please do not ride on elephants! If everyone boycotts trekking it has to end!! Visit ethical sanctuaries who would never dream of offering rides OR bathing! Go to Samui Elephant Village or Nature Village in Koh Samui!
Written 26 April 2019
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Andrea Z
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Today me and my girlfriend went to Ayutthaya for a bike tour and we saw these poor animals forced to carry people on their back while the driver was beating their head with a sharp tool.
This was disgusting, we could clearly see the pain in the eyes of the elephants.
PLEASE DON’T BRING YOUR CHILDREN HERE, THEY WOULD LEARN NOTHING ELSE THAN CRUELTY AGAINST ANIMALS.
Written 16 February 2019
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Vk89
Bangkok, Thailand379 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Drove past this on a bike ride around ayutthaya and it is simply sad to see this.
Loud music playing with bass whilst elephants are shackled and made to do things.
Walking around on the hot asphalt with Chinese tourists on their back.
I don't understand how the Thai government can allow this.
Written 26 January 2019
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773jan
Stoke Holy Cross, UK12 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
You are paying for Pure abuse of animals. Do not visit or support such activity. Go to the elephant jungle sanctuary in Chang Mai or Paraya to see, feed, stroke, walk with, clean and bathe with elephants.
Written 9 January 2019
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Kevin in Paradise @ YouTube
Ayutthaya, Thailand36 contributions
Oct 2018
This village is where the Elephants live. Behind their home in the early morning they go to the river for a bath.
Written 14 December 2018
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aaron e
Ayutthaya, Thailand5 contributions
July 2018 • Solo
The elephants are shackled up by the anckles and scarred from the chains, we actually saw one of the dancing elephant shows from outside the performance areas and in a matter of minutes we saw how they were made to dance by pulling on their ears, tails and smacked by the metal hooks that all trainers carry around! Demoralising seeing our species do this to another, we saw anckle bracelets on the elder elephants and this was to cover up the scars from many years of chain wearing!!!
Written 27 July 2018
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