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“Elephant trekking on Christmas Day”

Panda Tour & Trekking
Reviewed January 18, 2013

The tour was well organised with no problems, just a wonderful and unique way to spend Christmas day with family and new friends!

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Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

A group of 6 went for the 1 day tour. It was not a good tourist experience, and definitely not worth the 1200 baht we paid.

The activities, which looked and sounded great in the brochure were definitely not what we expected. We visited a long neck village, which involved 5 minutes in a village where the women and children tried to sell us souvenirs, and our guide told us no information about the backgrounds of the tribes. The butterfly and orchid farm was disappointing, the rafting was quite boring.

The trip also involved going to an elephant camp which was interesting, but also quite sad seeing the way that the elephants are treated. But it definitely wasn't the worst treatment we have heard of from elephant camps in Thailand.

I definitely wouldn't recommend the tour as the guides were unknowledgeable and strange, and the activities weren't great.

Thank Ashleighrose26
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We booked the full day elephant camp and mahout training and had a brilliant day. After a long drive up to the elephant camp and stopping at a market to buy bananas, we arrived at the camp. At first sight the chains looked upsetting, but spending a whole day there you see how well they are looked after and how often they get out to walk down the river and bath in the water. We learnt some elephant language and practised getting on and off the elephants as the mahouts do. We had a lovely curry dish for lunch. We then took the trek down the river to wash the elephants, then gave them a mud bath! At the end you get a free certificate and a chance to buy a framed photo for 200 baht. I would recommend the trip to anyone, it was a highly enjoyable experience.

Thank Carinak87
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We booked a one day trek through the hill tribe villages from an agent next to our hotel, and were assured that the trip would go even if there were only the two of us. The following morning we were packed into a truck with 10 others and drove to the hills, where we started to walk. After an hour it became apparent that we were not to see any hill tribes - only lots of jungle and a waterfall pool for swiming (but we had no gear). Clearly Panda had attached the two of us to a different tour in the same area, for their own convenience and without telling us (or the booking agent). We complained, and after considerable hassle we, managed to get a 50% refund - for a wasted day; not only was the jungle trek not what we wanted, it was badly guided and not at all interesting.

1  Thank Kanglajot
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We booked a 1 day trek which included an elephant ride, rafting, visit to hill tribe etc. The day started with a visit to butterfly/orchid farm. There were 2 butterflies visible in farm - 20 minute there was too long. The operator was unprofessional and didn't tell us what we were doing unless asked. Equipment was old and broken for rafting. Our whitewater rafting guide spoke no English, and we had almost no training - he gave us no directions and we ended up going backwards over a rapid. The people who went bamboo rafting capsized because of to many people on raft after being told they could take cameras. The elephant camp didn't seem a happy place. Lunch was very basic (there was a pig pen attached to the kitchen). We got to our hotel almost 2 hours late at almost 7.30pm. We spent over 4 hours on bench seats in truck transport which was very uncomfortable. We enjoyed the company of the other guests. Choose another company - there are better options.

Thank nzsuze
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