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Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal

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Nice Elephant Ride, but Yes, There's Cruelty in Here

I rode an elephant twice before here, and I should say all experiences are interesting. But The... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Ronald C
Manila, Philippines
First hand elephant education

My sister and I stayed for one day from 9am to 5 pm. We spent a day with our own elephant feeding... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2018
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30 Jul 2018
“Nice Elephant Ride, but Yes, There's Cruelty in Here”
25 Nov 2018
“Avoid avoid avoid”
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Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

I regret visiting Ayutthaya yesterday, having witnessed firsthand that they condone an utterly cruel practice like this. I saw a mahout banging his water bottle on the head of an elephant that looked incredibly depressed. It was so humiliating seeing this majestic intelligent creature reduced...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Joanne K
Reviewed 17 November 2018

My sister and I stayed for one day from 9am to 5 pm. We spent a day with our own elephant feeding riding washing and bathing her. She is fed pineapple plants for the main staple. But really loves pineapples and bananas or any fruit...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

Ayutthaya is wonderful maybe visited from Bangkok by train from 15 Baht to 395Baht. From the train station cross the street and u will get to the canal you may cross via a small long tail boat for just 5 Baht. On the other side...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Pidda73
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

I visited the old città and it's simply wonderful. BUT shame on you if you ride the elephants. They are kept in chain and also the hook is used to tame and to lead them. You can see the scars in their skin. Give up...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank adri68
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

what a relaxing amazing day spent amongst these amazing elephants and working with people passionate about providing care and a safe home for these animals Thank you Michelle and Ewa and all others involved in this experience of walking and taking the elephants for their...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Went there after business meetings. What we got from there is that the operators of the elephant rides asked for too much money for 45 mins tour around the ancient ruins. I feel really sorry for the elephants as some of them are not treated...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 995aa2222
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Our guide carried a bullhook from the very beginning and I was curious why. To my surprise, he used it continuously throughout the excursion to hit the elephant. I grew upset and disappointed, which was misread as boredom, and as a result, the elephant got...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank EJ D
Reviewed 30 July 2018

I rode an elephant twice before here, and I should say all experiences are interesting. But The area where the elephants are going is too small. And yes, I feel the cruelty of the people to elephants here. There is a floating market also nearby...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ronald C
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Don’t go it’s horrible, when I was coming back from the night market I heard screams of elephants and some even working in training.Just don’t go if you care,go to a sanctuary.Much Better

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank YannicK128
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

First things first, they were using the elephants in a circus type performance area to do tricks and dance to music. If you have a heart or some morals that should be enough to put you off. We did not ride or pay to see...More

Date of experience: April 2018
10  Thank Q2057UCemilys
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8 December 2017|
Response from PC1955 | Reviewed this property |
Have you seen how many tourists behave in Thailand? A sharp hook may be the most gentle solution.
16 February 2016|
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Response from Boonyavee | Reviewed this property |
This place is terrible and should be banned. Their staffs are very aggressive also!