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The elephant trek was fun, its an interesting perspective from the top of an elephants back. Going up hill was a little less scary than down but the animals seemed happy enough to take us around. At the end you could purchase pieces of pineapple and feed the elephants at a price of course which the elephants loved. Good idea if you are on tour with another couple to exchange cameras so you can have photos of yourself. Tour guides expected a tip which we gladly gave.
A wonderful experience. The scenery was beautiful, the elephant so well behaved and the "driver" so eager to show us and tell us things about the surroundings.
Not as impressive I the other Elephant tours starting from Bangkok for the National Park, Elephants are extremely exhausted, not in a mood for continuous rides by tourists, and they all stop (refuse to move) after every few steps! overall was average, not that great!, but for the fact that it takes 1 hour only, it's of the OK side, especially if you have to catch a plane in the afternoon :)
Thoroughly relaxing tour of the jungle, the guides pointed out when they saw local wildlife, lizards, snakes and others animals. Stopped to show how the sap from the rubber tree was taken. This was an enjoyable experience.
would have been better if it hadn't been raining for a week before. didnt know it was there rainy season.
The pick up service was very prompt, and we got straight out of the shuttle van and onto an elephant. The ride and the views were really nice, but our elephant was too tired or stubborn to carry us. He stopped every 10 feet, and our "driver" had to kick him and tap him with a pick (he didn't hit him hard though). After we got to feed our elephant for a few extra baht.
Good value for the money. The seats on the elephant need upgrading, strange sensation riding such a large animal - but fun.
The pick up from the airport was prompt but the trip wasn't great. The elephants were clearly upset and beaten and the staff just tried to see to you. The 'trek' is though the keepers village and a rubbish dump. Not a good experience. Do it elsewhere.
Not exactly a jungle trek more a trek around handlers campsite situated along main road.
Not recommended for people who care about elephants as our handler repeatedly kept hitting the poor animal with metal hook. The monkey attraction consisted of 10 monkeys chained to oil drums by short leads.
If you are desperate to go on an elephant trek then I wouldn't try to put you off. However at these places, you can never be sure just how well the elephants are treated and as the journey is up and down hill, I didn't feel very safe coming down the steep slopes with no ropes to keep you in the seat.
We were based in the north of Phuket, and unfortunately it was a long drive, approximately 1.5 hours, to get to the elephant trekking near the south of the island. The elephant trekking is about 30-40 minutes.
We knew we had bought one of the cheaper trips, but this is a case of you get what you pay for. If all you want is the experience of riding and being near an elephant, fine, but it literally consists of getting on in a scruffy field, going up a hill in a small disused rubber plantation and having a photo taken. The elephants are thrilling, however.