loved the trip, hated seeing the animals chained up and being hit by sticks
I have done this before in Zimbabwe, but this was better as the driver got off the elephant to take photos and you actually spend some time alone on the elephant. Remember to buy bananas beforehand to feed him/her during your ride.
Excellent tour it was all that and more. I had a chance to observe another elephant trekking experience conducting by another company and it didn't come close to this experience. Well worth the money if you miss this you miss the boat.
The elephant ride and then feeding the baby tiger was a lot of fun. Even better than I expected it to be. Everything went well.
The whole thing felt kind of rushed... we weren't allowed to linger to look at the pictures they took of us or anything because the driver wanted to get going. Overall, it was a good experience. The guides spoke enough English that they could tell us about the elephants and answer basic questions.
This trip is worth doing as an introduction to elephant trekking - its not out in the "wild" as such but the elephants are wonderful as are their drivers. You get some nice refreshment at the end as well. Certainly i will do a longer trek next time - whetted my appetite for this activity.
A nice and long-lasting walk in the bush, nice and kind guide, a bit far away from Pattaya - To be done again !
Durward C USA
This trek was everything it was advertised as. We really enjoyed the experience and learned quite about elephants.
Very rushed and the guy who was on the elephant with me kept asking for tips the entire time
I felt the Elephant trek although worth doing was very rushed, we only booked the trek alone and we were basically rushed straight onto the elephant and onto the trek without any chance of taking our own pics of each other on the elephant, the same thing at the end, it was very busy and went like a production line. The trek itself was good but only lasted half an hour then we were rushed out with little time to look around before being taken back to our hotel. Would maybe have benefited from doing the full tour.
Winnie M Australia
Was fun, but underdeveloped. We were supposed to have an English speaking tour guide, but in fact, we were picked up from the hotel by a driver, who didn't speak much English and whisked off to the location. Then ushered into the elephant park. The trek itself was great! Enjoyed every moment of it.
Elephant trekking was not as advertised. We didn't go through the water, there weren't and sites but for the price it was a nice experience.
We were rushed into a crowd of people. They were all getting on elephants for a short ride but our guide made us bypass everyone and cut in line. our elephant went off the beaten path and my friend and I actually got nervous since we weren't by anyone else. It felt awkward going through that small, poor village. We all could've done without going through that area. It was good trekking through the forest but not the village part. for a small tip, our tour guide got off the elephant and took a ton of pictures of us on the elephant so that was really neat. It was worth the money but think about not taking people through a poor village of several shacks and skinny dogs. It was sad.
Riding an Elephant was interesting however you basically walked around the very small neighborhood where the employees live who work at the park. There was no real information shared about the area or Elephants. I was also not happy with the conditions that i saw the Elephants living in or the way they were treated. It was very busy with about a dozen full tour buses the time we were there.
Did not meet expectations - we felt that we got ripped off. The local guide just left us at the Elephant docking area so there was confusion with the ticketing lady. Our group of 6 got separated would have been great if we all experienced the tour together and my husband and daughter only got to ride for 15 minutes because the ticketing lady thought they were part of another group. They had to look for the local guide for another 15 minutes to have it clarified.
In this site I see pictures of people riding elephants on a river so we were expecting that. But our tour only went through a local village no jungle, no rivers and lasted only about 30-40 minutes. The site also said that the local guide will give us a briefing for safety, but that did not happen either since he disappeared immediately after buying our tickets. I also had the impression that we were supposed to go to the Elephant Village but we were brought to the smaller Siam village instead. The manhout did not speak English either contrary to the description of this tour.
Overall the experience of riding an elephant is still memorable but I was just disappointed that the local guide did not really look after us and the description and pictures in this site is deceiving.
This is the WORST tour I've ever seen in my life. The elephants are chained up and walk in filth among the dirty villagers who live there. They are absolutely miserable and there is NO trekking through water. We sat strapped on a seat to the elephant for about 10 minutes and made them turn around to bring us back. This was horribly depressing and seemed like a factory. Even the baby elephant we say was chained to the ground without shade or water in the sun. I DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Very bad experience. The agent She needs customer service training badly. The elephant trainer keeps asking for tips during the ride. When you did not pay him good enough, he gives you a cold nose in return. I think they expect each rider has to provide tips at least 100 Baht in return.
This was the worst experience ever!!! This is not a trek through a lush jungle... this is a walk around a third world village filled with trash there was no water to walk through and they were building houses and apartments where the elephants were walking. The person guiding the elephant kept telling me that if i do not him the elephant and his family will not eat. It seems from reading other peoples reviews at one time this was a good attraction but has gone down hill and the guides now push people to tip them.... cause I was not the only one with this experience. If you want to ride the elephants take the Nong Nooch Village tour... they have elephants to ride and much more scenic!!!
Not as advertised.
The 'english speaking guide' is the taxi driver who drives you to this elephant factory called Chiang Siam Not the elephant village sanctuary as I expected it would be.
Once you marched onto an elephant, the only english that the 'guide' knows is the word 'Tip' and he will ask for it the moment you get on till the moment you get off even if you give him one straight away. I don't mind tipping but surely tips are reserved until after you receive a good service not just as you have sat down.
The 'guides' also constantly threaten and hit the elephants with a stick and a sharp metal object attached to the end of it. I didn't like this.
The ride itself - you get taken through an area where the workers live. Its not natural beauty - some grass/shrubs, some shacks and bags of rubbish everywhere.
The whole experience left me feeling a little downhearted. I strongly do not recommend this.
Very disappointing. They instantly ushered us onto the elephant. We learnt nothing about the elephant and it's cultural significance to the Thai people. The guide couldn't speak English and at every opportunity requested a tip. He was disgusting.