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Review of Pang Chang Kamala

Pang Chang Kamala
Ranked #9 of 15 things to do in Kamala
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed October 14, 2016

I have to say, initially, I was a bit wary of how the elephant's appeared to be treated by their guides, but as the day went on, I started to understand better. What some reviewers have classed as "cruelty" or "mistreatment" is completely misunderstood and taken out of proportion. These elephants are much loved by the people who look after them, and the instrument the guides use appears to be small blunt scythe, the blade of which I only ever saw used on vegetation. Each guide has his own elephant, and the elephants are incredibly intelligent, and are able to understand simple commands such as "go, stop, turn around, lift, pose". They even respond to their name! Our guide introduced his elephant as Priman, and whenever Priman's name was called, he would trumpet in response!
There was a baby elephant chained up near the main office (probably so he doesn't wander!), and his guide is a young boy himself, and they are both growing up and learning the trade together.
I saw no cruelty during my visit, only kindness and gentleness. The roughest treatment I saw was when Priman started to wander off the track, the guide had to push the heel of his foot into the back of Priman's ear to steer him back.

3  Thank Kalysha92
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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We came here to Elephant trek for 30mins
We had friendly riders.

In thailand you can not expect everything to look pretty.
There are shacks as you drive in
The elephants are tied. The monkey is even tied because it bites.

None of our elephants had marks on them from the picks they carry. We had three for the 7 of us.

The riders were keen to take pictures and video for us. Lovely they know how to take great photos. They command the Elephant to curl trunk too for photo.

They trained elephant to do "oi oi oi" sound if they say Aussie Aussie. Which is funny.

Photo from them only 200bht
Great when you want a family photo of everyone!

2  Thank carlowe1
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Reviewed August 16, 2016

Very disappointed and shocked how violent some of the elephant guides are!!!! One of them was passing us and his elephant stopped he started hitting him on the head first with the sharp side of the "tool" and then with the flat side with the whole power on the forehead, time after time!!! We were few meters away and could hear the sound of hitting the bone!!! Also the little boy taking care of the small elephant was really violent with him as well. Beside that the small elephant is stuck all day on the chain maybe 50cm long... so wrong!!! You make a living of those animals- treat them well at least!!! Going to file report with police station and post this review on every possible internet site. The bareback ride and bath with the elephant were good but overall experience horrible!!!

20  Thank AlicjaS43
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Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

Turned up this morning with no booking and immediately was able to ride elephant! They were all really looked after and the trainer used words rather than a stick to control the elephant! Also went swimming which was incredible got to play with the elephant for ages and was so enjoyable! Would really recommend!

Thank meganandrea123
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Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

When we arrived I seriously wasn't expecting much it was totally off the beaten track and the tin sheds were just about falling down around us but before deciding if we would ride we watched and at no time did we see any abuse on these beautiful animals if we had off we would of chosen to leave.
The guide only had to speak commands and the elephant would listen he took our camera for us and took about 100 photos during our 30 minute trek. It was a truely amazing experience and certainly an unforgettable one.

Thank Amy R
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