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Ban Kwan Chang

Address: 22/4 Moo 3, Ko Chang, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 89 247 3161
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Ranked #8 of 16 Attractions in Ko Chang
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Torbay
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Run in conjunction with the Asian Elephant Trust which aims to keep elephants in their natural surroundings, this is a genuine elephant camp in an authentic jungle setting. As well as swimming withe elephants and washing them, guests can take a 40 minute trek through the rain forest. Give the mahout your camera and you are guaranteed plenty of pix... More 

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Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Tour on Elephant in the jungle Was ok, the elephants are fantastic, but we did se a chained elephant, rocking back and forth. The mahuts had put up a sign Said: naughty.. The Elephant Was clearly NOT thriving. But very stressed! I Took 2 short videos: put it on youtube: Ban kwan 1, Ban kwan 2. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY6EW3uPebU

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Geneva
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14 reviews 14 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I checked TripAdvisor to see which camp was most recommanded, I was appalled to read some of the comments on the others and was still a bit cautious while at Ban Kwan. We took the two hour ride directly from our hotel reception which costed us 1'500 bat (incl. pick-up and drive back to the hotel)..it was worth every penny.... More 

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Athens, Ohio
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We really enjoyed our 2 hour bathing and riding the elephants trip. I was really worried about the elephants being abused or mistreated but from the short 2 hours we were there I didn't see anything alarming. The riders all seemed kind. Swimming with and bathing the elephants was really neat but know the water at this time of year... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I opted for the trek as well as washing the elephant. It was an incredible experience. I was a bit skeptical as I have heard about the trearment of elephants in Thailand but the trainers were so gentle, patient and calm with their elephant you could see the bond they have (mine was singing to his as she walked). It... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The elephants are former workers and entertainers, now retired, which is reassuring as it means that they have not been taken as wild elephants and treated badly. Treks are into the nearby rain forest/jungle, with about 45 minutes aboard, 30 minutes for the bathing if you take the 2 hour option. While staying on Koh Chang with a mixture of... More 

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Okotoks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This sanctuary for Thailand's mainland, threatened female elephants is pretty cool, and you really should check it out. Riding the elephants is one thing but swimming with them an entirely different experience. Be sure to get in the water and scrub those elephants with the brush - it's hard to tell which one likes it more, the elephant or the... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Please do not ride elephants in Thailand! When I first got to Thailand one of the first things I wanted to do was ride an elephant as is it advertises all over the island and thought it would be an amazing experience to do and have photos. So before we decided to go ahead, we read all the reviews of... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Took a day trip to inner jungle for a ride and am sooo glad we did! The elephants handlers were so gentle and kind to the elephants - it was amazing to see the gentle interactions. Went for a wonderful elephant ride - a highlight of the trip. I highly recommend this place- it's obvious they care for their animals.

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Warsaw, Poland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Arrived, cried and left. Those poor animals have no choice than beeing there. The area is beatiful, but elephant base in messy and not nice. Remember that elephants were not born in Koh Chang, they have been imported and broke to serve people.

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