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“Fabulous place and great day”

Ran-Tong (Save and Rescue Elephant Centre)
San Rafael, California
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“Fabulous place and great day”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We were happy to find this Elephant Training camp which is located at the top of a hill in the jungle and located further than the other elephant camps in the same area. It was not easy to get there but we enjoyed washing, riding, and feeding the elephants and ending the day at a waterfall. No need to bring a bathing suit since the waterfall has elephant dung in it. Bring toilet paper with you and you will be happy. Also bring lots of water and snacks because the lunch is great but you may get hungry. We brought our 6 and 8 year old and they both had a great time and were well taken care of.

Visited November 2012
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“Simply amazing experience!”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Quite a long drive to the camp in a truck, but once you get there the views are amazing and an elephant greets you! Then you get taught elephant commands before getting on the big elephants. You get to go into the waterfall with the elephants which is a fantastic experience. All the staff are really nice and take photos for you which makes the experience better! Highly recommend!

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“Unforgettable experience but very sad...”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Pros:
- It was so beautiful being in the rain forest with these animals. The other elephant camps we passed were located on flatland surrounded by few vegetation and no water source nearby.
- We got a chance to pick up food for the elephants on our way to the camp and feed them to the elephants.
- We had a good deal of time riding the elephants after they taught us how to give them commands. For the older elephants that have not learned the voice commands, you rode with a trained driver, which was what I ended up doing. It was still a great experience.
- Lunch was included and it was delicious and freshly made at the camp
- They provide you with clothes to wear because you WILL get dirty, wet, and elephant skin is NOT smooth.

CONS:
- Be prepared for a long, bumpy ride behind an open jeep to get to the camp. It was about 1hr from Chiang Mai.
- You do have to a hike a short distance to and from the camp from where the jeep drops you off, so be prepared to get a lil' muddy or dirty. Wear appropriate shoes.
- The experience of riding elephants is great but it is still a sad concept to think that they have been domesticated and are not running free. Both old and young elephants are all being "trained" to do what their trainers need them to do for us, the tourists.

Visited September 2012
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“Mixed Feelings”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I was unsure about doing an elephant day and still am not sure if we made the correct choice. My husband did pantong two years ago and we could not get in, so it was a tough choice.

Yes we enjoyed the interactions with the elephants, but I am not convinced if the baby did belong to the Mother, nor the elephant with the injury sustanied it elsewhere.

I also saw a local man arrive with a tourist, pick up a stick (the hook they use) and pretend to hit the baby elephant and say 'you want some of this'!!!! Not funny.

The thing is, if we don't go what will happen to the elephants and to be frank, the people that look after them.

We as tourists must go, but also must question what happens, how it happens and that will put pressure on the camps to do the right thing. I am glad I went, but would not go back to any elephant camp again.

Also as a side, the photos on the disk were mainly blurred, so take plenty of your own photos. It is a beautiful area of the world and a lovely setting. What happens when the tourists are not around I can't say.

Visited November 2012
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israel
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“great experience!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

whole day riding on elefants bare back, learn how to train them and treat them.
good guide, great nature location. good for the whole family.

Visited November 2012
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