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Tour with Tong

#21 of 774 Tours in Bangkok
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LaMartinov wrote a review Nov 2021
Seattle, Washington1 contribution
We had an amazing experience visiting Tong’s Elephant Camp! From the very first contact (week before the tour) Tong was very help, polite, and timely in responding to our inquiries. Her many years of experience showed clearly as we worked with her. Another company we had approached about this tour said they will get back to us soon after they find out if elephant places are giving tours again, etc… but they never got back to us. Tong wrote back same day with 7 different options for elephant activities. We later found out Tong actually owns the Elephant Camp! She does not personally give tours any more, but hires other certified guides to give tours. Her entire staff was awesome!!! We fed 2 of her elephants and then rode on them for a brief trip to the river, followed by going in the river with them. Then we have the elephants a bath and rode them back to camp. All of the riding was bareback. Tong does not use cages/baskets and seems to take real good care of the animals (most of which are rescued from abuse and other tour operators). I would highly recommend doing Elephant Camp tour with Tong.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Rajesh K wrote a review Jun 2021
Pune, India506 contributions184 helpful votes
It was great to see. Enjoyed a lot. We had great time there and we never knew how time passed. It is definitely must see point
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Openskies27 wrote a review Nov 2020
London, United Kingdom88 contributions47 helpful votes
We did a 4 day stopover as part of our Dubai and Hong Kong trip, but with so many tours we were unsure. We were drawn to this one given that we wanted to do and see specific, more personalised things in a short space of time rather than these massive tours that focus on taking you shopping. We were given a private driver, Pat who was also our private tour guide and a luxurious vehicle. He was friendly, funny and informative and took us to see the real Thailand and we had lunch at a local cafe in the countryside that was so authentic. As instructed he planned our trip so well, we went to Kanchanburi to see the Kwai Bridge, death Railway, Elephant Riding and the Tiger Temple (sadly no longer there). He knew all the tricks so we didn't get ripped off and didn't have to wait in line for long and the experience felt so authentic in the countryside as it wasn't in one of those tourist traps. On day 2 he drove us to the floating market and pre informed us of how much a certain souvenir I wanted was so I didn't get ripped off. He even took us to the train markets and a few interesting points as a bonus. Price was really reasonable for what we got compared to others and you will not be disappointed. Worth every penny!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Beca Haywood wrote a review Feb 2020
Central Point, Oregon9 contributions3 helpful votes
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Today was one of the best experiences of my life. We got to meet Tong, a tiny lady with a huge heart. 🥰 She met an elephant 🐘(also named Tong) who was malnourished, depressed, and horribly mistreated. 🥺 So Tong bought the elephant and made a home for her in the mountains. ⛰ Then nursed her back to health (mentally and physically). She proceeded to rent elephants (because it is so expensive to purchase them) that were in need of her love and care. She now has 6 beautiful, kind elephants. These elephants have been raised as domesticated elephants for generations. They could never make it in the wild. They would be killed for going into the villages to try to get food from the people. Tong does not believe in using the hook or other tools to teach or hurt the elephants. They are only given love and so they respond by doing what you ask. The elephants were all so loving and had great personalities. Unfortunately, the males were in musk, due to mating season, so we didn’t get to get up close with them. Our “babies” for the day were Duk Dik and baby Dodo. Duk Dik was so kind and thoughtful. Here eyes were incredible. Dodo was so well behaved for being so young. My goodness does he love food. 🤣 They love mentos (mint flavored). They would get so excited for the treats. Could have loved on these two all day. The trainers were so kind and sweet with the elephants. We could see the love that all the Mahoot (trainers) have for their elephants. What a lovely bunch of people. Our guide was Lily, she was so knowledgeable and funny. She took so many great photos for us. She has a good eye for photography. We felt so lucky to have her. I couldn’t recommend this place more. It was the best animal experience I have ever been on. An experience of a lifetime. If you want to hug, kiss, feed, play with and just love on these beautiful creatures, this is the place.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Sunflower Li wrote a review Feb 2020
Beijing3538 contributions8 helpful votes
We used Tong’s Driver Service when we travelled BKK. Brand New vehicle. Polite driver , driver speaks English well. he recommended us an excellent restaurant for lunch. We visited Water Town & elephants bath that day. Pls Make sure you bring your hotel towels. Put bathing suit before you go on the trip! I would Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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