Pang Chang Kamala
Pang Chang Kamala
3.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JeffSeattle007
Seattle, WA30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014
My hotel recommended this company for elephant trekking. I specifically asked for an ethical company that treats their elephants well. Fortunately I didn't witness any abuse of the elephants and they all appeared healthy. Like others mentioned there was a baby elephant chained by the foot on a 5 foot chain which he could barely move. Broke my heart to see him pacing back and forth. Perhaps it's a training technique but it seemed cruel. I rode a very large male that was very well trained and even gave me a "kiss" at the end of the trek with his snout (with the handler's command). Unfortunately there are no elephant rescue/sanctuaries in Phuket which I would have preferred to have seen. The trek itself is quite interesting as you are in a jungle type area not far from Patong Beach. Their facilities were nothing fancy by any means. Loved the experience but would have preferred as non profit rescue organization.
Written November 28, 2014
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Sara H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
This place got recommended to us as a place where elephants get treated well and not getting hurt.

We called to schedule a pick-up from our hotel and got picked up 10 minutes later. Great service!

When we arrived at the camp there were a couple of dogs, some chicken, a monkey (tied up) and a baby elephant (tied up with an ankle chain).

While they offer elephant tracking and bareback riding as well, we decided to only bath with the elephants and to feed them.

We are a family of four and they provided us two elephants. My husband and son (12) sat one one of them. Myself and our daughter (3) mounted the other one.

It was a true experience to go into the water with those gentle giants. We got to sit on them, feed them, and "shower" with them. There was no time rush at all. Everyone was super nice and supportive.

We tipped the younger boy (10) who retrieved my husband's sunglasses that he lots in the pool when getting off the elephant in the water.

While we were in the water another elephant with a tracking seat on came over to the pool to spray him/herself. He/she was walking freely without guidance. It was nice to see that he/she was allowed to "roam" that freely.

We fed lots of bananas, which you can buy for 100 baht at the camp, to the baby elephant (3 years and 8 months) and our two big elephants.

It was an absolutely amazing experience and while it is not perfect, we would recommend it.

The animals got treated well. At no time we saw an animal get hurt/beat.

This place seems to be hard to find by car. There is signage but it is old and not easy to spot. Besides that the camp is higher up and you will have to drive up a steep hilly part, just to give you a heads up.
Keep in mind they offer a free shuttle so I would recommend utilizing the shuttle, especially since they do not have set shuttle times but you can just book it.
Written September 26, 2015
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mohsin_arbee
Durban, South Africa18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
We were unsure of what to expect given the varying reviews we read but decided to give it a shot and decide for ourselves...and we were all thrilled that we did.
We chose option 2, which was the 90 minute feeding, riding and bathing option and it was such fun.
Didn't see any cruelty towards the elephants at all...in fact the guides looked after their respective animals with a lot of care. The guides themselves were a great bunch of people who added to the entire experience.
One thing we did notice though was the chained monkey, which the management told us was chained due to it biting people in the past.
My wife and eldest son had the time of their lives with the elephants, especially when it came time to bathe them.
Definitely a day we won't forget.
Written February 5, 2018
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Amber L
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Please please don’t come here. The abuse the elephants. Pull their ears.
Pole and prod. My guide was even hitting the elephant on her head. I wish I knew better that paying for this contributes to the abuse of elephants in Thailand. Absolutely disgusting
Written October 10, 2023
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Jo
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Terrible place that should be shut down immediately. The elephants pose with tourists or are used as ride, the rest of time they spend alone and chained to a tree!!! No doubt they use violance to train them for the rides.
Written June 15, 2023
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Joanne D
Phuket1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014
When here today very hesitant , now I know why. I have been on a few elephant trekking experiences and this has to be one of the worst. When I got there the fist thing I saw was a baby elephant with a chain of no longer than a few feet his area was fenced but the fence was covered in barbed wire. The first man I saw I asked why the elephant had no room to move he replied the elephant will have more room after 3pm. This poor thing is left tied up for many hours in the heat of the day. You could see that he was well feed but this is only because of the tourists, the other adult elephants to me looked under nourished. The baby and adults continually swaying back and fourth, you could see they were not happy. Did I go for a ride on one no way I bought bananas for the baby and then left immediately, crying,I could not bare to stay any longer it was just awlful it was cruel.
Written July 25, 2014
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Sheryl A
Liverpool, UK429 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
OK I am not an animal lover, HOWEVER, seeing a very young a baby elephant chained up by the leg with a chain only 6 feet long is not pleasant. It was patently distressed and depresses going around in small circles and squealing.

Massively unpleasant - only by avoiding these places will anything change.
Written July 21, 2014
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Ingrida R
Peterborough, UK320 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
I am not a massive animal lover, but what I saw at Pang Chang Kamala was shocking. First thing that you see is a baby elephant chained to a pole in a small fenced area. You could easily understand that he was very sad - walking left to right, trying to pull off the chain. The worst thing was that the owner kept poking him on the head with this metal hand-made tool that looked like a pick. Just cruel!
Written November 6, 2014
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foolbis
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014
We bummed and ahhed about riding an elephant because of the uncertainty about treatment of the animals. But we decided to go have a look and decide when we go there.

First thing we see is a baby elephant chained up by the leg and surrounded by barbed wire. It was thrashing plant matter at the fence with its trunk and reaching out to us as if asking us to let him out.

My wife and I both left there immediately with tears in our eyes.
Written July 4, 2014
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Leigh-Traveler2015
Birmingham, AL1,256 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
I’m okay with riding elephants, so I’m not a fanatic. I have seen many elephant camps across Asia and India. I’ve NEVER seen such horrendous abuse. As you drive up to the entrance a large bull Ellie is chained so tightly he cannot even shuffle his feet. The chains are not padded and the poor animal’s legs are torn up. As we continue up the road we see elephants on very very short chains-unable to move, chained to concrete pads. No water. No socialization, nothing but metal chains and cuffs tightly around their legs. The pool for bathing with the elephants is a gross concrete pool that’s green and black- no one would want to get in it and certainly it’s unsanitary for the animals too. I started taking pix of it all and they yelled at me to stop. I guess they don’t want you to see how they treat the animals. Monkeys too. Small cramped dirty cages with metal cuffs around their necks. I grew up with a pet monkey- there is NO NEED for this treatment and harm. Please STAY AWAY! It is upsetting. It is WRONG.
Written February 11, 2019
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