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“Could have been better but still good” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking

Kok Chang Safari Elephant Trekking
287 Moo 2 Sai Yuan Road, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100, Thailand
+66 89 59 19413
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Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Kata Beach
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Owner description: Kok Chang Elephant Trekking Safari in set on a beautiful ocean viewpoint where the dense tropical jungle overlooks Kata Noi Bay. We offer various jungle routes riding on these Majestic animals from 20 minutes, or to the summit on 30 minute and 1 hour treks. Fully trained and experienced guide handlers will take you and your family through the dense tropical forest along paths and trails from the southwest corner of the beautiful Phuket island stopping at scenic beauty for photographs along the way. Get lucky and sit on the elephants neck. Children and adults are encouraged to stop by the banana kiosk to observe and feed the Elephants, there is no charge. This is a great photo opportunity and you can even touch the elephants trunk.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
london, england
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“Could have been better but still good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We rode our moped here and it was easy to find and park.
The staff at the bar (where you pay for treks) were friendly and spoke good english.
We chose the longest trek which was 50mins. I thought it was good value for money.
The elephants here DO seem well cared for, this is why we chose kok chang as i heard it was the best for this reason. We see many other treks on the way where the elephants looked in far worse shape and had no shelter from the sun and were basically on the road side! Kok chang had all the elephants under a shelter, none of them were chained by the roadside attracting customers and while we were there we see them being hosed down with water after every other customer.
It wasnt very busy and we got to ride straight away. The reason i gave this average and not very good was only because we also done one in Bangkok and in my opinion in was much much better! Our mahoot did not speak a word of english and this made it very hard when we were asking questions! The couple behind us got a lovely english speaking mahoot who seemed a lot more friendly than ours and was happy to talk to us.
We stopped at the top of the mountain and the mahoot did take some good photos for us. He did not ask for extra money and the trek was nice, even though our elephant was not the happiest! The mahoot only used words to guide him/her and did not hurt him/her in anyway! Once we got off we could leave a donation and feed the elephants as many bananas as we wished, which i thought was a nice touch! All in all a good experience but our mahoot and elephant could have been nicer, and we had a far better experience in Bangkok!

Visited November 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great elephant ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Wife and I did the 50 min trek and had a great time. Picked us up from hotel, we jumped right into tour almost immediately (no waiting), guide took lots of pictures. Terrific and about half the price as some others that our hotel was trying to push on us.

Visited December 2012
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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

What a great experience riding on happy healthy elephants. From booking , through to the end of the ride this experience was faultless. Happy helpful staff and mahmouts who really understand and love their elephants. The safari took us up high so that we had amazing views along the coast - the mahmouts had our iPhones and took heaps of photos for us. This is a highly recommended activity for all ages with a reputable organisation that cares for the safety of its clients and the health and general welfare of their elephants.

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sydney Australia
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“Great for families with young children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This was perfect for our family - I have a 2 year old who I wasn't sure if she was too keen to go on an elephant hike. They picked us up from our hotel 10 minutes after we called them and there was no pressure to hike. We were able to look at the elephants, give a small donation to feed them bananas and when my daughter decided she wasn't going to hike all they needed was for us to pay for the transfer - not a big deal at all! The elephants seemed well looked after and the staff were lovely.

Visited January 2013
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“Do it at least once!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

My husband, 24-year old son and I did the short 1/2 hour tour with other friends and it is enough. The elephants appear to be well cared for and you get to feed them unlimited bananas at the end. You ride a very steep hill to a view point. It was muddy on this particular morning so the elephants seemed to be using a bit of an alternate trail. The handlers allowed them to stop and eat along the way if they desired. They used our camera to take LOTS of pictures and let my son ride on the elephant's neck on the way down. It's an experience not to be missed.

Visited December 2012
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