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“Great place to see elephants”

Elephant Village Pattaya
Ranked #15 of 132 things to do in Pattaya
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Oslo
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place to see elephants”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

We wanted to ride an elephant while visiting Thailand and after reading about Pattaya Elephant Village it sounded like a good place. Since it was our kids birthday we wanted to make the day special and asked for a ride and for the show. Unfortunately they did not run the show the day we could visit them, so they suggested that we took the combination trekking instead, and so we did.
They picked us up at our hotel and when we entered the park we bought some bananas to feed the elephants. This was very fun. After feeding them we went for a ride, which also was good fun. Then we went for a walk, visited the silk farm, took a boat (they called it rafting, but this was very different from what we call rafting in Norway :-) ) and went for a ride with ox cart. After that it was lunch and then they drove us back to the hotel.
I must say that the elephants are the reason for visiting the place. The rest we could do without, so it was a bit disappointing that the show was off that day. I think the elephant show and ride would be a better deal for us.
One thing that was a bit annoying: The guide mentioned that we could tip the persons working there throughout the stay. It shouldn't be necessary to tip when you have paid 2000 baht pr person.
At the end they tried to sell us a DVD as well at the cost of 1000 baht. We didn't buy it, but some of the other guests did. The quality was ok, but for us the picture we took by us selves was enough.
I have heard that the elephants are treated badly many places, but never got this feeling at the Pattaya Elephant Village. So I would certainly recommend the elephant part of the park.

Visited July 2013
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glasgow
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“been twice!”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

this is a great experience, the last time we went there was a baby.. it can get very very hot so make sure you wear suncream and have a hat at least!!

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A trip worth doing”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The show was good, with Thai fighting, Thai dancing etc.
The elephant show was entertaining, never seen an elephant dance to Gangnam Style before so that was an experience. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“animals should not be used to make money”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I hate animals being used to make money.
I went for a look at this elephant village out of interest, where tourists were paying to take photos with the elephants and having rides on elephants around a small track.
The elephants looked so lifeless and unhappy - i dont suggest you support this money making torture of animals .

Visited May 2013
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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“Great experience”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great experience and very knowledgable guide.ride on the elephant,walk through the jungle,boat ride and ox and cart ride including lunch.take sunscreen and a hat very hot and humid.

Visited June 2013
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