Ban Kwan Chang

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Ratchaburi Province, Thailand5 contributions
Ko Chang
Ko Chang is part of the Mu Ko Chang National park and is the largest and most popular of the islands in eastern Thailand
Elephant Island and indeed if you like an up close and personal encounter with the world is largest land mammal you can do that here you can even swim with them at Ban kwan Chang
Written October 13, 2021
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Do not support elephant riding or chaining
Sep 2021 • Couples
Please do not support enterprises like this who continue to abuse elephants with chaining and riding. I have driven past on the way to a different attraction and saw elephants chained, visibly emanciated and probably left to stand for hours on end in the same tiny area for the attraction of uneducated tourists who want a quick social media snap of their "amazing encounter" with these animals. If you truely respect these animals there are many other ethical conservation sanctuaries in Thailand that you can visit which treat these animals much better.
Written September 3, 2021
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Toulouse, France1 contribution
A not sont good expérience
Feb 2020 • Family
This place isn't very welcoming. People weren't nice at all. we asked for only a bathing with the elephants no trekking. A 20min bath in a fake river full of elephant poops. Not much interest. No baby to se, no 'protection'. Too bad it was a dream
Written February 18, 2020
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Liza A
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
Don’t support
Dec 2019 • Family
Elephants are wild animals that belong in the wild. Elephants are chained in their place. Elephants are visibly stressed
Written December 28, 2019
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Laurent G
Ghent, Belgium5 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Koh Chang, elephant island? What a joke!
Most of the elephants on the island are in captivity in cruel circumstances. They are chained at two legs, all clearly showing compulsive behavior. Waiting all day long for silly tourists, chained and parked like cars under a carport. They are maintained in horrible and terrifying conditions. They are living dead.
It's sad and totally unacceptable.

Animal wellfare must close these aminities!
Tourists must not spend one single Baht and support these cruel attractions.

* Illegal capture and trade for use in the tourism industry is a big problem.

Wild elephants need to be tamed before they can be ridden. Except the taming process in Southeast Asia is not the same as with a wild horse. It’s much more brutal, and is accomplished when the elephants are very young

* Baby Elephant Torture

Wild elephants won’t let humans ride on top of them. So in order to tame a wild elephant, it is tortured as a baby to completely break its spirit. The process is called Phajaan, or “the crush”.

It involves ripping baby elephants away from their mothers and confining them in a very small space, like a cage or hole in the ground where they’re unable to move.

The baby elephants are then beaten into submission with clubs, pierced with sharp bull-hooks, and simultaneously starved and deprived of sleep for many days.

* Elephant Trekking In Thailand

Elephant mistreatment doesn’t stop after they’ve been tamed. Many elephant camps continue to employ bull-hooks to control the animals. While they may not be stabbing them constantly like they did in training, it’s the fear of being stabbed that’s used to motivate them to work.

Written December 10, 2019
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Anna P
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Head bobbing and swaying from some of the chained animals
Nov 2019 • Couples
From reading the reviews, and battling with my own ethical views. We did decide to visit to see for ourselves what this place was like. We got there elephants all around us as we drove up the path, it was very relaxed, the guides relaxing under a hut. We approached the info desk, where we were given 2 pack choices. We decided to just feed, 200bt for a bucket. We where told to feed on elephant just behind the info desk and just left too it, she didn’t show us or spend time with us or the elephant (which was strange) the elephant was chained at the leg and swaying its head from side to side, as we approached it held out its trunk for the food. We gave it to her one buy one. Finished, she went back to swaying.

As we know this is not normal behaviour and I spotted a few of them displaying these signs of stress. I have a feeling until a customer comes along these animals don’t get to go out. And are chained until someone pays for their release. Part of me wanted to pay for one to be aloud to go out for a few hours, something other than standing there all day. I wouldn’t go there again.

I have been to the elephant park in Chang mai and the elephants live in family groups and the feed set up is much more professional and the animals are so much brighter, have a massive space to move around in, they have choices, have personality’s. no hooks, no chains, just positive reinforcement. Pay the extra money and go to Chang mai.
Written November 18, 2019
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Copenhagen, Denmark250 contributions
Fine, when in captivity.
Oct 2019 • Couples
Went here by scooter and where happy we choose this place. They asked if we wanted to ride the Elephant but i asked if we could only feed? And they sayd off course. We the bought a bucket of bananas for THB200. And Got to feed one of the elephants. They had Long chains around one leg, but looked like they where fine. They could reach the river and a lot of food. Some where walking around the compound, next to a Elephant Care taker.
Would go here again if in Koh Chang, dont choose the Elephant places by the main Road, they do not look nice.
Written November 2, 2019
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Chicago, IL101 contributions
Swam with and fed, did not ride, the elephants...
Oct 2019 • Couples
Don’t be like the other poor, ignorant fools who make it their charge to ride these animals. You would have to be a clueless loser to do that. If, after reading all of the intelligence regarding the subject of why it is abusive to ride on these magnificent creatures, you decide to do so then you must have no conscience.
Written October 1, 2019
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Rue E
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The poor animals are chained
Jul 2019 • Family
The elephants were very badly treated,they are chained. Please don't support this type of tourism were animals are unhappy.
Written August 25, 2019
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Dinxperlo, The Netherlands134 contributions
Magnificent! Calm and peaceful. The elephants deserve our respect and of course our support
Aug 2019 • Family
Ok, so a visit like this is always subject to an inner discussion: to go or not to go. Is this ethical or not?
But visiting the Ban Kwan Chang elephant camp was an absolute highlight. I guess opening your heart as wide as possible to these magnificent creatures is a tiny tiny way of giving back what I received this magical morning.
Waking up early for the first possible tour was worth it. So is going in the low season. We were practically alone. First, the bathing of the elephants. The camps grand old dame Shirley and a younger lady elephant ambled with us to the river. Their mahouts only used spoken commands. Getting into the water to scrub the ladies was magic. They are so big, yet calm and gentle. We were allowed to sit on Shirley’s neck and back and scrub her, dipping water over her and watching as she sprayed water through her trunk (on command). She wallowed in the water a long time with us. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Back at the camp Shirley got a pile of pineapple leaves. And yes, she was chained to a tree ( I understand it wouldn’t be a good idea to let these powerful animals roam free in a populated area, let alone a camp where inexperienced tourists walk around thinking that the elephants are your average docile cow...).
The trekking into the jungle was also a gift. Again we were with 2 elephants, taking their time to walk and check out their usual round on the surprisingly narrow paths. Again, and thankfully, just spoken commands and sometimes a bump by foot against the elephants ears (no using the hook). Our elephant, named ‘Smell Bananas’ (กล้วยหอม), made squeaky-trumpet noises and low rumbles. I may of course be wrong, but it felt like she was contented. It was peaceful, quiet, and she would sometimes leave the path to get a mouthful (or trunkful) of leaves.
At the end of the trekking, we were shown jewelry made of elephant bone. I had read about this in another review, and yes, it is a bit awkward... But as long as it’s not ivory. And these men/mahouts who live with the elephants, take care of them, and who are co-dependent on the elephants (and vice versatile) probably don’t have much of an income, nor is Koh Chang their home island. (I found out from the mahout who was with us that he came from Surin (eastern Thailand bordering Cambodia) where many of the Thai elephants historically come from (captured, trained)).
I was allowed to ride ‘Smell Bananas’, and did so with the utmost respect. Leaning over that powerful neck and head, rubbing her skin, kissing her between the thick stubby hairs and just feeling such immense awe and gratitude for her, was a gift.
All in all, as long as we tourists go to these camps, they will exist. So... go, open your hearts to these magnificent creatures, be respectful and calm and gentle, and support them and their caretakers financially. Because, if we don’t go, the elephants will lose all their economic value (yes, it is as harsh as that...), and what will become come of them than?

On a side note: I saw pictures and YouTube films of several of the “ethical” camps in a Chiang Mai. They all advertise with “no riding”, only feeding, walking and swimming. For exorbitant prices. But the photos showed large groups accompanying one or two elephants, which didn’t look respectful or peaceful at all... The swimming with elephants wasn’t swimming at all. It looked more like pestering: 20 people dressed up in hilltribe style shirts, in a semi circle all throwing water onto one or two elephants standing knee deep in muddy water and who in fact didn’t seem to enjoy the spectacle at all. We decided not to go to one of these “ethical” camps. And in hindsight I am happy I didn’t. I’m happy that with all the pre-visit debate going on in my head, I chose to come to Ban Kwan Chang.
Of course I have no idea how things go in the high season when of course many many more tourists come... I can only hope and pray that the elephants well-being is priority no.1.
Written August 21, 2019
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