Nosey Parker's Elephant Camp - Private Day Tours

Nosey Parker's Elephant Camp - Private Day Tours

Nosey Parker's Elephant Camp - Private Day Tours
3.5
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3.5
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Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Captain Bill
St. Catharines, Canada260 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
All told we were only there for 90 minutes, but they were really enjoyable. We requested to see where the Elephants sleep and what they are fed, and there were no concerns as to the animals heath or care. The drivers were informative and explained where the Elephants were rescued, and seemed very gentle with the animals. We rode and fed the Elephant and spent quite a bit of time learning about the history of the animals in their care. People complain in reviews how they are chained while people mill around the property ... That is for the protection of the visitors.
Written May 1, 2018
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Karen H
10 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Having never been elephant trekking before, we were unsure what to expect. We didn't see any cruelty and the guides seem to have a good relationship with the elephants. Guide could not speak good English but was very helpful. Would like to have had the opportunity to learn more about the elephants. We did buy the photos on offer although expensive, they were a keepsake. We all enjoyed the experience. There was no show on the day we visited (although I think we had been changed for this). We were however given free pineapple and bottled water.
Written October 13, 2018
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Ranjit A
London, UK63 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
The hotel booked this place for us and I am surprised as its not exactly professional but more about the money. There is a guy pointing people where to go and before you know it, being asked to get on an elephant. Having not been near an elephant before this was quite strange. The ride itself was good, the rider was obviously poor himself but we got chatting and had a laugh as we went round. He wanted a tip and we provided one, given he took some nice photos of us. It looked as though he was looking after the elephant and the journey was slow and unrushed. When we returned we fed the elephants and bought a photo.

these type of places can be intimidating as they are not set up like Disney world but locals trying to earn a living and sometimes exploiting tourists for the extra dollar. need to go with the flow and mange the situation to your needs and you will get the most our of it.
Written January 16, 2017
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Itchy_tootsies
1 contribution
Sep 2014
We were recommended Nosey Parkers by a tour organisation in Ao Nang. I specifically asked for a place that takes care of their elephants and was assured that this would be the one. The elephant I rode was a 35 year old female - I had never ridden an elephant before. I have ridden horses since a child and I have to say that the whole elephant riding thing just felt so wrong. The elephants are chained to a tree whenever they are not being used for tourists. The guide who rode the elephant didn't 'beat' her but did press the bull hook into her head when she didn't want to move. She groaned the harder he pressed it in. You know what she wanted to do? She want to feed and graze - she DIDN'T want to carry tourists around. I felt SO bad. I will never do this again. It left a sour taste in my mouth and a wound from the bull hook earlier in the day was still bleeding. Please go north to the elephant sanctuary and participate in them being rehabilitated. Honestly, the most amazing part was just being able to give the elephant a treat. PLEASE do your research before you go anywhere.
Written September 26, 2014
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tuija f
helsinki478 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
From the pictures you can get the opinion, that you ride with the elephants in the jungle, in a river etc....

The truth is that you pay 800 baths:

- the elephant walks cross a small road to a nearby "forests" and walks through a muddy soil 10 minutes or stands motionless when the mahutis talks to each other or to the mobile phone. We were shown: "look a monkey", "look a spider".

- the elephant walks back cross the same road and goes behind the "camp" and beside a cliff eats some grass while the mahutis (the guy who directs the elephant) still talks to the phone - another 8 minutes

- the elephant slowly walks to nearby small water pool and stays in the water drinking it 10 minutes - you just sit on the elephant and watch how the pool get filled with other elephants all standing at the same small area motionless

- the elephant walks back to the camp - 2 minutes

I said to the lady who sold to us 1 hour (60 minutes) ride with the elephants, that we were only 30 minutes on the trip!
"No, you were one hour."

I repeated: we started our trip at 10.00 and now it is 10.30. Only 30 minutes.

"No, you were one hour".

I told, that I want my money back!

"No, you were one hour."

She was like a robot. So, goodbye elephant camp! Never again!

And how can someone say, that the elephants were well kept?
Did you see it?

All the elephants I saw, were handled with on sharp iron stick and smaller elephants were tightly
bandaged to a tree. No water nearby. No food nearby.

TERRIBLE PLACE!
Written January 9, 2015
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Cperkins
Leeds, UK17 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
It's really upsetting to see them all with the heavy seats on, and the mahouts constantly shouting at them. They are trained to perform and i hate to think what they do to the lovely creatures to get them to do this. They had one of the babies 'bow' to us as we were leaving which we hated! Hopefully one day people will stop paying to see them like this and they will all be rescued into sanctuaries - there are many of these across Thailand and i'm sure we're not the only ones who would pay more to see them happy and free in the wild! We didn't ride them but hoped we would see them being treated well not as circus animals
Written April 11, 2017
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ns266
Maidenhead, UK7 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
I was a bit hesitant about booking the hour long trek but was reassured by the hotel that the elephants are treated well. On arriving I was shocked to see tired, exhausted elephants with cuts all over their necks and badly torn ears. The rude and arrogant host tried his best to rush us onto the elephants to avoid seeing any more of the disgusting environment the elephants are kept in and that is when we saw that the elephants were truly exhausted struggling to even move as it was the last trek of the day. The mahouts kept digging a sharp steel rod into their heads to keep them moving which was very distressing. We then stopped for a photo opportunity which was basically a demand for a tip from the mahouts. Upon returning from the trek we were again rushed out of the camp.

Please don't visit this place if you love animals as they are treated really badly and exploited for profit. These gentle creatures cause no harm to anyone yet are being used 8 hours a day to carry extremely heavy loads on their backs. If you want to visit elephants I would suggest a conservation park where you can feed them but not ride them.
Written July 15, 2014
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LMilich
Jakarta196 contributions
Apr 2012
Warning - stay away from this outfit. I booked a half-day "tour" with them, which was supposed to include 2 hours of elephant trekking through the rainforest, and elephant bathing. What we got was 90 minutes of the elephants milling around under a few rubber trees, eating, and 30 minutes of "trekking" up an incline to a turnaround - at most, just 1 km round trip. The "bathing" consisted of watching one elephant in the river - no interactions offered, only the statement that they'd bathed already that morning and were uninterested in doing so again. The post-ride interaction with the elephants consisted of clients being given the opportunity to feed a few pieces of pineapple to them, before being hustled away by the staff. When I spoke with the owner, Pornsak, to express my disappointment, he became belligerent immediately. I was the first customer to complain in 15 years, he stated - a bald lie, since other visitors in the group were also saying how disappointed they were. One of his staff -Joe - took it upon himself to stride past where we were sitting, casting bellicose stares in our direction.

Pornsak and his crew are interested in one thing, and one thing only - your money. There are other elephant outfits in the Krabi vicinity, offering a 1-hour trek - but if it's really a "trek," it'll be far more than what Nosey Parker's extends.
Written April 7, 2012
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Kistler-089
Munich, Germany212 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Not a nice experience. Elephants are chained night and day, they only may move for the riding. In the wild these animals do dozens of kilometers every day and live in a social group - not here. They do this typical "hospitalism" movements swinging forwards and backwards - that is all they can do in the chains. The animals are brought here from northern Thailand just for tourist purpose . The mahouts are nice people but very poor and pushy for tips. The owner drives some big shiny cars. If you want to support this, this is the right place.
Written April 9, 2017
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Sally F
Rangiora, New Zealand79 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This was our third elephant trek over the years, something we have always enjoyed and after doing a lot of research, we decided on Nosey parkers Camp. We went for a one hour elephant ride and did not enjoy this experience here at all. Our mahout was sitting on our dear elephants head (not neck) the whole time, he continually yelled at the poor elephant and hit him many many times with a long sharp hammer - not a bamboo stick.

This was by far our worst elephant experience. We felt very unsafe and very sad for these animals. They are continuously chained up by there feet, and are not free to move around naturally.

This will be our last elephant riding experience, and we left very sad over the treatment of these elephants here.
Written September 29, 2015
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