Pattaya Elephant Village, Pattaya

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Meet some of nature's grandest creatures at Pattaya Elephant Village, a sanctuary for old and injured elephants no longer able to work in the jungles of Thailand. Take a ride on the back of one these stoic beasts, have a go at feeding them with your hand, and--of course--take a whole bunch of photos. Learn more about the lives of working elephants in Thailand from the trained keepers, as well as about the work done by the sanctuary and others like it. Plan to visit Pattaya Elephant Village during your Pattaya vacation using our convenient Pattaya trip itinerary maker website .
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  • I like this place and had a great experience with elephant ride for the first time. Can not say if this is the best place to do it. Ride take about 15-20 min, you can see cultural show, which is nice....  more »
  • Elephant show, swimming with elephants, elephant trekking. Seat pleasant, elephants are cute, cheerful employees. Will sing songs in Russian and joke, arrange a photo shoot during skating, to earn tips.
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  • Elephant village home had sought admission to go fold more expensive. The elephant is the boarding criteria because it alone for 2 persons. Fate changed. The elephant is very much heundeulrimyeo discomfort, and nausea. Another medium elephant drop-off point demands an overbearing in the tip. 100 Baht! The elephant is going the distance, the step 1 night hesitation and kicking with become a trainer ... Periodically, the head with a hammer price of "Pak" packaging, Land Rover Jeep is much more. It was so much more.
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  • MUST READ THIS IN FULL. Let me first say I'm from US, so my review might only be useful to those with similar line of thought. I read reviews on this place before deciding to go, all mixed reviews, but I am going to set the record straight......It cost 2600 baht per person for the combination trekking, which, at the time seemed reasonable, seeing as though I never rode an elephant before nor been so up close with them and a few birds, guinea pigs, ducks, and a few others I didn't recognize. Because I arrived a little early, they let us wander around the facilities and we came upon 2 small monkeys in a cage, and a boy immediately walks up, takes a monkey from the small cage and says picture 100 baht, I politely decline, but little did I know that was just the beginning. This is very important.....the combination trekking advertises the following agenda: 1. Hour ride on elephant. A little bumpy, but it was as advertised, along the way, someone was taking video and someone took a pic. At the end, the driver/elephant poker asked for a tip, where I'm from, in a service industry you don't ask for tips, doesn't matter which country. I'm not going to tell you what I wanted to say if someone in US asked for a tip, but wanting to be friendly, I offered 20 baht (not much of a tip, but don't forget the price tag to enter, and the fact that a tip was requested, his response was, "no, 100 baht", really, since when do we get to turn down a tip and and request more? I hope many others complain about this and write a poor review, because this actually killed the experience immediately for me. 2. Silk house was interesting, 3. Jungle walk was a bike path through some foliage, nothing to see here folks. 4. Ox ride, bumpy, but was able to see how they poop and swat flies away with their tales. This guy didn't ask for tip, but, he sure waited for one to be given. 5. Raft ride was peaceful, there must literally be thousands of catfish in the mud lake (new nickname) that the guide was feeding, and they came to the surface like Piranha once food hits the water. These guys didn't ask for tips, but there was a tip jar, surprise, surprise. And they watch you to see if you put a tip in the box.....very uncomfortable how the hole tip thing works there. 6. Dinner, we had upset stomachs from a meal the night before, so we passed on the meal, however, 7. Welcome Thai show never happened. 8. Upon departure, they will want 200 baht for a still photo, or 1000 baht for a video, and if you decline, they will appear not happy........so I suggest, when you buy the tickets, or upon arrival, you specify no video, so they don't waste their time and yours trying to convince you at the end. If you are OK with that, cool. You have been informed. Overall cost for riding and elephant, which is not very pleasant after 15 minutes, a Ox cart ride for 20 min, a picture, a 20 min raft ride, all tips, 6000 baht, which includes a 100 baht for a bag of bananas to feed the elephant's.
  • The cultural show and seeing the other animals was nice. Especially the meerkats. It is a little sad to realize the tools that are used to train an elephant. To some it seems cruel. Historically, the tools were used to train elephants to help advance mankind. I enjoyed learning about the rubber trees. It was an informative and educational experience.
  • The Elephant Village in Pattaya is a safe sanctuary for those elephants where they can live as close to their natural habitat as possible. It offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend time close to these magnificent creation of nature. The sanctuary inhabits and cares for former working elephants which are ill or suffering injuries. This is a great opportunity for you to do your part in saving and caring for these elephants. It is a non profit sanctuary and the fee that is paid by you goes to improve and provide facilities to these elephants. You can watch the training show and go for elephant trekking in this unique sanctuary. %%place_in_between_here%%Location: The Elephant village is located 7km off Sukhumvit. Timing: Elephant show starts from 2:30 PM. Price: Price for Elephant Show is 500 baht per person. Price for elephant trek is 2000 baht per person..
  • Was brought here by a taxi when I requested a different elephant place. It's put together nice has a cool water path the elephant take on there walk. They elephants seam to be taken good care just could not get past them hitting the elephants.
  • Great experience. Learnt about elephants, rode an elephant, walked through the jungle, rafted across the river, rode and ox cart and back for lunch and a Thai dancing show. Great outing
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