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Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal

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Forest Road, next to one worthwhile KHUNPAEN | Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand
+66 86 901 3981
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Where elephants are heartbreakingly mistreated

Our guide carried a bullhook from the very beginning and I was curious why. To my surprise, he used... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
EJ D
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 2 weeks ago
Ronald C
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Manila, Philippines
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“take photos” (3 reviews)
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Forest Road, next to one worthwhile KHUNPAEN | Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya, Thailand
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+66 86 901 3981
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank EJ D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Ronald C
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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

2  Thank Yannic K
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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

9  Thank emily s
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Great experience for kids and adults! Learn about the history not just take photos or videos. These elephants are majestic and are working too! My favorite is Lakshmi.

1  Thank IanGalliguez
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

You can see these elephants all over ayutthaya, carrying careless or ignorant tourists on their backs while chained up.

7  Thank James M
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

So horrendous to see the elephants so badly treated, chained up, restless, performing. Do not visit if you like elephants at all. If you enjoy torturing animals then you may understand this cruel and vile place. There are much nicer ways to see elephants. DO...More

7  Thank Amossy
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

They beat the crap out of elephants with the pointy sharp hook! Imagine this weapon on your head all the time! Their staffs are very aggressive and demand tips. I saw staffs were fighting with a tourist and one of the staff uses the weapon...More

8  Thank Boonyavee
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

My experiences at the Kraal are limited to the 'stable' side of the compound, not what must be the main tourist area. I stumbled on the Kraal when staying in a hotel in the area, years ago. While the entrance we used is not the...More

1  Thank PC1955
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

It's been a longtime love for me with elephants, but lets be honest where can you really go to engage with them? I wanted to go to a sanctuary but did not have the time in my schedule. This place provided a 30 min ride...More

1  Thank Crystal W
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Boonyavee
8 December 2017|
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Response from PC1955 | Reviewed this property |
Have you seen how many tourists behave in Thailand? A sharp hook may be the most gentle solution.
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1848disappointed
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Response from Boonyavee | Reviewed this property |
This place is terrible and should be banned. Their staffs are very aggressive also!
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