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Ban Kwan Chang

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Address: 22/16 Moo 4 | Ko chang Subdistrict, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 81 919 3995
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The experience made me more knowledgeable about elephants

Since this is my first trip in Asia, an automatic wish was to see elephants. I did my research and discovered that riding an elephant especially on their backs was unethical. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Canton Center, Connecticut
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a lover of elephants and a supporter of some amazing sanctuaries in thailand this place disgusts me. We saw elephants chained up, stressed and the immense feeling of sadness just engulfs you when you're here. Anyone who says "they seem happy" are blind and trying to fool themselves to make their addition to this cruelty justifiable! And riding of... More 

4 Thank Leigh T
Canton Center, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since this is my first trip in Asia, an automatic wish was to see elephants. I did my research and discovered that riding an elephant especially on their backs was unethical. I researched many web sites and found very authentic sanctuaries were you can interact with them and at the very worst ride them on their necks. To my disappointment,... More 

Thank PatriciaLapointe
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This experience is an absolute must for elephantophiles! These huge beasts have the most gentle nature and, unlike the African elephant where we live, are more tolerant of humans. We rode Banyan into the jungle, drank and bathed with her and had the most amazing connection. Sure it is contrived for the tourists but a better life than working in... More 

1 Thank postscript65
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saw camp we were taken to are hotel.Then when out and about saw again did not really want to encourage their trade but is free to look at elephants so walked in you can leave with no purchase but bought bananas to feed elephants which was an amazing experience.One elephant I saw was showing bad signs of stress just swaying... More 

2 Thank stephen w
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience this was to get in the water and bath with the elephants! we really enjoyed this - highly recommended. You also get to feed them at the end of the trek! The staff were awesome and clearly very close with their animals, they seem to truly love the elephants - one guy even had a tattoo... More 

Thank innergoddessnz
Doha, Qatar
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A true Elephant camp, very friendly an experience you won't forget. Bathing the Elephants is a wonderful experience.

Thank Charles D
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When you see elephant trainers with the hook weapon, it means the elephants were trained through torture. Just don't go. We saw the 'good' reviews and decided to go and have a look because we wanted to swim with the elephants. When we got there we saw a group going off on the treeking tour with the big steel seats... More 

5 Thank AleishaSibhoun
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like most customers of Ban Kwan Chang, my boyfriend and I heard about this place through reviews. It's advertised as the one place where elephants are best treated in Koh Chang in lasts year lonely planet edition of Thailand, and to us, that's what mattered most. We were friendly greeted, offered water, coffee and fruit. I speak Thai, and judged... More 

5 Thank kesiundnini
Mount Shasta, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

You might as well go buy some black market ivory for all the good you're doing the last wild elephants in Thailand. So do us all a favor and go to the ZOO!

Thank Dan L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Make your own way there, it is very easy to find, and it is only 600 baht for the elephant trek. The mahouts are friendly and the elephants very well looked after. We loved it!

1 Thank Sally H

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