We decided not to book with our hotel or tour people and just jumped in a taxi straight there (400 baht each way too and from from Lamai). This was a great decision as it was very quiet (around 9am) we got there before all the tours turned up.
The place was nice, and pretty much what I expected. The elephants seemed well looked after and our guide seemed to have a really good bond with our elephant which was lovely, we fed her bananas and even got to ride her up front, I wouldn't have done this if I felt the animals were mistreated. The only issue we had which is why I wouldn't give this more ratings is we thought we'd be trekking through the jungle, we basically slightly entered the jungle and a nice little lake/pond bit which the elephant went in but essentially we just looped around the zoo they have there, the views of barbed wire zoo fences weren't great. Our guide took my camera and photographed us while we were going round (for a small tip at the end) which was good. Even at 9am the sun is strong here in March so in heinsight we wish we would of done the 30min tour not the 60min one, by the end we were drained by the sun and heat. As mentioned we thought we'd be in the jungle sheltered by the trees etc.
This trip was ok but I can see it wouldn't be for everyone and it could be a lot better. I wouldn't do it again.
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