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“Fun and Entertaining” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo

Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo
Petkasem Road K.m. 30, Samphran District,, Nakhon Pathom 73110 , Thailand
66 (0) 2295 2938, 2295 2939
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General Trias, Philippines
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“Fun and Entertaining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

A bit far from Bangkok but worth it. I really enjoyed the two programs - Elephant show and Crocodile Show. Foods at the restaurant are awesome and yummylicious.

Visited August 2011
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“Good for all ages - but why the price discrepancy ?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo focuses on elephants and crocodiles so it's not really a zoo but if you want to see more than just temples, markets and shopping malls, then this makes for a good day out.

Getting There:

The trip is advertised as being about an hour away but this is Bangkok and traffic can double journey times so estimate 2 hours there and two hours back.

Arriving There:

Here's my main gripe: Entrance for non-Thais is 600% more than for locals. This is not the only place they do this massive price increase for tourists but it is just as annoying to see the family in the Mercedes SLK 500 (whatever) pay 100 Baht and you've scrapped enough money to have a holiday in 5 years and you are paying 600 Baht - for exactly the same facilities and shows. No special seating, no extra brochures..... nothing, but they still charge 600 Baht compared to 100 Baht. Massively unfair and blatant racism.

The Animals:

You can feed, photograph and pose with a bunch of elephants that are chained by a foot to a peg in the ground. This means you can touch them, feed them and sit between them to be photographed with them. This is a great experience for kids and adults alike.

Crocodiles are on show. The Salt water crocs are massive and you can just gawp at them in amazement but the small crocs are used in the show which is where trainers pick them up, tease them and place their arms and heads inside their mouths. The show is exciting and kids will love it although the constant pop / dance music gets annoying after a while.

Magic Show

There is a magic show before the main elephant show. The magic show is simple but entertaining and kids will enjoy it. I personally feel the magic show goes on a little long but this must be to keep people entertained whilst the elephants are prepared.

Elephant Show

This is the main attraction as elephants perform tricks, play football and get dressed up to re-enact ancient battles. It's all very well done although the loud explosions might upset younger children.

Elephant Rides

You can enjoy an elephant ride at a cost of 500 Baht but this is an enjoyable experience and probably "worth" the money just to say you've done it.

Tigers

Near the entrance, there are two very docile tigers which you can pose with for a photosgraph.
Photos cost 100 Baht but the tigers are so docile they look asleep most of the time.

Overall:

A decent day out but the 600% gets to me.
It can get extremely hot in the hot season and the rainy season could be a washout and the traffic would be horrendous.
I certainly wouldn't pay to go myself but I will fork out to take my kids.
I took my 2 year old and whilst she enjoyed the elephants and never stops talking about crocodiles, she was hit hard by the heat and it became a concern. We decided to leave early just in case she suffered from heat stroke and so we missed most of the elephant show and did not take a ride on the elephants.
However, there is an air-conditioned restaurant and so you could escape there, let everyone cool down and start again...

If you'd like a full run down, please feel free to visit:
http://www.thebangkokshoppingguide.com/samphran-elephant-show-bangkok

Visited April 2012
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“The usual elephant and crocodile show”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

The place seemed well-maintained, clean, and orderly. At the entrance you'd have the chance to be near the tigers and have your photo taken with them. I wasn't keen on it though as I noticed that the tigers looked "groggy" and exhausted. The crocodile show was a hit among the visitors as we were treated to risky stunts like putting one's head on the crocodile's mouth, etc. This is followed by an entertaining elephant show on the other side which showcases how elephants have been a part of Thai history. While watching the show, I was also hoping that these performing elephants are treated well backstage. After the show, one can take photos with them or take a ride. You can also buy food and feed them. This was my favorite part of the visit as each of the elephants deserve a worthy treat after showing the audience all those tricks under the hot sun.

Visited March 2012
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“Entertaining but Concerning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

had a great time visiting and I think they are doing the best they can as a low key park. Elephants seem well kept, but alligators are rare.

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“Simply Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

This was without doubt the best experience we had in Thailand this vacation - the show about the historic use of Elephants in war was awesome and the elephant ride around the park was perfect, quiet and romantic.

the crocodile show was fun and you can tell the people working with the animals at the Samphran love the animals and aren't seeing them as just a means to an end like elephant shows in southern Thailand.

If you are lucky there is even baby elephants you can pet/feed :)

Visited March 2012
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