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Ran-Tong (Save and Rescue Elephant Centre)

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Address: Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
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+66 53 272 023

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Amazing and Ethical Elephant Experience

My husband and I had an amazing time at Ran Tong Elephant Preserve! We did the full day elephant experience, each with our own elephants. Booking online with them was easy and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kitchener, Canada

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Kitchener, Canada
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had an amazing time at Ran Tong Elephant Preserve! We did the full day elephant experience, each with our own elephants. Booking online with them was easy and the even confirmed with us the day before regarding pick-up. They picked-us up right from the hotel and brought us to their facilities. We had a wonderful day... More 

1 Thank dgunson88
Lisbon, Portugal
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ran-Tong was recommended by our B&B host as one of the best elephant rescue centres to go and it was a wonderful surprise. The spot is amazing, located in the middle of green mountains and all elephants are really well taken care of, they seem happy in their new habitat. You're able to interact with them in a natural way,... More 

1 Thank SaraFerrao
Manchester, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I booked the elephant ride and water rafting experience. First, the elephant riding was great fun. You start by changing into thick clothes to protect your skin. Next, you feed the elephants bananas and they have a sniff of you with their trunks ha ha. They are all ex working / circus elephants. Many used for logging... More 

1 Thank Jennifer R
Marathon, Florida
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Ran-Tong Elephant rescue is one of many elephant sanctuaries. This one does seems to give the impression that they are genuinely helping abused elephants. It helped that a Swedish volunteer guide gave the tour. She could explain a lot. So I do think I can recommend Ran-Tong. The only minus was that we were kept waiting for an hour... More 

Thank Amvol
Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you really cares of these poor animals don't go to these place.they offer half day staying but since the van pick you from the hotel you have one stop unnecessary at their office in Chiang mai.after that you have a 20 minutes road travel but they make a stop for coffee again for 10 minutes. It is clear that... More 

1 Thank nic0lanisim
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159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2017

Just to be clear - there are two branches of Ran-Tong, one where you can ride and one where you can't. As we were concerned about the ethical aspects of riding, we went to the no-ride camp where you they have young elephants you interact with. After a hairy journey with a driver who went far too fast and veered... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2017

I visited the elephant rescue center. You will enjoy the kindness of the guide (A Swedish woman, passionate by her job). The visit stars with introduction to elephants and the purpose of the rescue center. After changing your clothes (and put your clothes in lockers) you will go for a ride of 1h on elephants and finish in a river... More 

1 Thank Freed85
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our incredible half day ride with the kind elephants at Rantong. Fair was informative and kind as she answered all of our questions about the elephants and prepared us to ride. They provide clothes so you don't need to worry about getting your own clothes dirty - you will get dirty! They picked us up on time and... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

Rantong elephant camp was excellent and definitely the highlight of my trip. The elephants here were so beautiful and sweet and we all had a wonderful time spending time with them and bathing them. The owners and mahoots were all very friendly and great to spend the day with. They took pictures for us on our own cameras and also... More 

Thank 24SC2014
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

I totally loved the experience! Feeding and bathing them was such a unique and fun experience. 👍👍👍 The place is quite far downtown so you shouldn't be late for their pick-up time. Upon arrival, you'll be given outfit for you to change. After changing, our tour guide taught us some words on how to communicate with an elephant when you're... More 

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