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Seaview Elephant Camp

Saiyuan Road | Kata, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand
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Ranked #31 of 32 attractions in Kathu
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We booked a one hour ride through our hotel tour desk. Having previously been on a fantastic jungle ride on elephants in Central Thailand we were really looking forward to this. What a disappointment. The elephants are kept chained up in horrible conditions. The ride is a joke; our mahout could barely get the elephant to take two consecutive steps.... More

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Bonny Hills, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had a lovely experience here. Contrary to other reviews, we found the elephants to be in good health. They were allowed to stop along the way to eat greenery. Guides were more than happy to take pictures of us and allowed my husband and son to ride on the elephant's back (after starting in the seat). The drive from... More

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Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Was hoping that the elephants were going to be treated well but that wasn't the case. Find something else to do as this place will only upset you.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The elephants are all horribly mistreated. Ours was covered in blistering sores and when I asked the guide, he just shrugged his shoulders and said she's been getting them for a year now... Didn't seem concerned at all. They're chained in the sun in filthy conditions. We went elephant trekking before and those elephants were treated much better - this... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My partner and I visited this camp 2 weeks ago.. The staff were friendly enough, although elephants were chained up in the sun.. looked miserable. We then went on an elephant ride.. the whole time we felt like we were going to fall off.. (we have both done elephant riding before and this was not a normal feeling).. we both... More

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wellington, NZ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We had the elephant trek/monkey show as a free package from our hotel. We wish we hadn't bothered! The elephants are chained up until they are required for there trek, they have sores and cuts from the chains. The baby elephant is chained up on a foot, if that of chain and already looks stir crazy. The trek takes you... More

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Newcastle NSW Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The staff treat you like rubbish, don't listen to your requests and are generally unhelpful - there are far better places to go trekking on the island - sea view maybe the cheapest but it's not worth your while. Avoid.

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Marysville, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had booked a driver/guide for our cruise port stopover in Feb 2014. Our driver failed to show up so we hired a driver and guide for the day from the multitudes that waiting in the port area. We told the driver we wanted to go to Kok Chang Safari. When our driver stopped at Sea View he said I... More

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Moranbah
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We went to Sea View Elephant trekking/Monkey show/Cobra Show and left thoroughly disgusted that we even went.As an animal lover I strongly suggest no-one goes to this particular place if visiting Phuket. It's disgustingly filthy, they chain up the monkeys and they tease the snakes, I found the monkey handler particularly disturbing and if I didn't take photos he made... More

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Dubbo, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I have never experienced anything like this before! We did the 1/2hr elephant trek. The trek is through a shanty town to a ledge. You then stop for 15mins, to take in the view and also to be trapped on the elephant while the guide berates you to buy souvenirs. I had to basically be firm and say NO and... More

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