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Reg wrote a review Oct 2020
South Korea3 contributions
DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE. The elephants are being mistreated. They employ bull-hooked to control them. I witnessed it personally when the elephant guide forced us to give him a tip. And he parked the elephant on the side but the elephant refused because he follows the trail. Then, the guide kicked so hard the elephant and he cried so loud. Poor elephant. This kind of destination should not be tolerated by the tourist. If you want to help the elephants, go to sanctuary and feed them. But riding on them will not help these elephants at all. Please do not tolerate this kind of place.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Rb1 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We came here as part of a tour of temples, we were told we were visiting some karen village women. We then arrived here, as we were walking towards the entrance some guys were just randomly taking photos of us. We got to the entrance and it became apparent that this wasn't a tribal village but some kind of 'tourist attraction' there was photos of people riding elephants, laying on top of crocodiles and all sorts. They wanted us to pay to go in but we didn't and we were disgusted that we could see the elephants in the background rocking so distressed and one had a gash and bleeding from his head. As we were talking amongst ourselves about how unethical and wrong this place was and one of the staff were filming us!! The whole of our tour quickly asked to leave and we were not happy that we weren't advised what sort of place this was. Our tour guide said sorry but didn't really mean it, she said that they don't condone animal cruelty and we only went there for the karen people. This place needs to be investigated and shut down, it shouldn't be allowed in this day and age that animals are still mistreated like this. Please do NOT line their pockets and visit this place oh and as we were leaving we found out the reason they took our photo was to try and sell them to us as we left!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Helen M wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia3 contributions2 helpful votes
Dont waste your time or money. Rude and pushy staff - happy to try and sell photos they take of you without your permission but dont allow visitors to take photos there.Tigers kept in cement cage - no food or water. Option of elephant ride or elephant show.Didnt co-ordinate the 2 at the same time - kept delaying the show - kept us waiting over an hour so we asked for refund as we had to go - refused refund. Weren't apologetic at all cause they had our money. On leaving one of us tripped on an electrical wire sticking out along the pathway sustaining a large very dirty skin laceration(imagine the germs). No apology again.(no Work Health safety policy obviously) Left us with an expensive medical bill and put a dampner on the rest of our holiday. They should be investigated.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Indigoskies wrote a review Jan 2020
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Horrible animal cruelty. Our tour dropped us off here between stops and it was HORRIFIC. Animals were chained to sticks - the chains were barely long enough for the tigers to stand up. The elephant had about a 3-foot radius to pace in circles. The animals looked drugged and unhealthy. Really, really sad experience. I'm cross-posting this review on as many sites as I can, this place should get shut down.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Griff wrote a review Jan 2020
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We stoped here on a unexpected stop on our railway and floating market tour, with a company called Skyline. Being a ranger and safari guide in South Africa I have done some research on these so called camps. I barely entered the area and knew this was not going to be to my liking. I left and went along a wonder to the back of the camp were I found about 30 monkeys in tiny cages and where they kept the elephants. One trainer was abusing a small elephant trying to teach him 'a kiss'. I was shocked as to actually how horrible the situation was. Not very long after I was asked to leave the road. I didn't as I said it was public property. I was then forced to leave and I can see why. They don't want people to know the truth. Don't support these camps. Rather stay outside as the guide is getting commission as you enter. Very disappointing end to a good day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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