I booked my elephant camp tour with my guesthouse and through Journey CNX Tours and I wasn't aware that I would end up visiting Maetaman Elephant Camp where I wouldn't have gone after reading such terrible reviews here. This place is actually like a circus where these animals are forced to do such stunts just for extracting some tips. As it is been already reviewed so many times in the past about chained elephants, tips and rude staffs etc lets talk about something else.
The trip that costs me THB1200 / US$40(which is a lot in Thailand) started around 8.30 with a 30 minutes bamboo rafting which was really enjoyable watching elephants taking bath in the river and rafting through the river amid green jungles was fun. Then we came and watched the Elephant show which was like pushing those elephants too much to perform so that everyone tips.
Then we had lunch - A lunch where food is included with the package but drinking water is chargeable extra at 30THB / US$1 a bottle of 600 ml which is sold at the market for 5THB. This was ridiculous.
Then there was the 15 minutes ox cart ride and 15 minutes Elephant ride for which we had to wait about an hour each as there were more visitors and less Elephants.
My whole visit was quite disappointing and I would not suggest anyone visiting such Elephant camps.
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