We were quite keen to do some elephant trekking, but I wish we had read these reviews before going. I have to say I didn't expect too much and personally was quite scared once I arrived. We were picked up in the back of a dingy old pick up and I thought I might die before I even reached the place! It is up a steep hill passing what looks like the absolute slum of Phuket. The place is dingy and there is rubbish absolutely everywhere. Our guides were quite good though and stopped to take photos for us when we reached the top. We chose the 45 min trek but only paid 900 Thai baht per adult and 400 for our 9 year old. They made the kids ride on the smaller elephant and we rode upon the adult. They didn't mistreat them at all, and they are ever so gentle with their footing. Overall I wouldn't recommend it, as these days it is appalling to see animals enclosed this way. Very sad.
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