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Review of Ban Chang Thai - Elephant Camp

Ban Chang Thai - Elephant Camp
Ranked #15 of 60 things to do in Ko Chang
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Ko Chang, Thailand
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“Nice people”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

People at Ban Chang Thai are really nice, however it is not my favorite elephant camp, due to it's location. There are rivers close by which is nice but for a real jungle trip it's just too far.

Visited August 2012
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“Elephants were beautiful.... fun factor was lacking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Riding an elephant has always been one of my bucket list wishes and thailand offered me the chance to fulfill it. This elephant camp was reasonably priced 500 baht (£5) for an hour your picked up from your hotel and dropped back at the end of the excursion. The experience in its self was a little bit boring if I was honest the man riding the elephant didnt speak unless we asked questions, the trek didnt really go into the jungle it kond of skimmed the edges so to speak. We did however love the time we got with the elephants afterwhere we fed them bowls of fruit 20 baht a bowl. This made up for the jungle trek and pretty much made my day.

Visited July 2013
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“Never again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We did an elephant safari with my wife and our 2 sons in the morning, and had serious accident : one elephant became suddenly crazy and threw in the air his master, then my 4 years older kid and start a crazy race in the jungle with my wife still on his back. She fell few minutes later after hurting trees.Hopefully the elephant, during his fury, didn't walk on any of them. The safari owner took us right away to the hospital, where they performed xray. at 8 pm my son started vomiting several times and we decided to go to the bangkok private clinic to perform a head scan in emergency because we suspected a skull trauma which they found, with some blood in the brain. They sent us by ambulance, on a special night ferry to trat to see a neurosurgeon in emergency. If the blood hemmorrage have continued we may have lost our kid. Hopefully, it did stop and after some other tests, and a night spent there in the intensive care unit, we finally went back to our resort.
It appears this kind of accident is unusual, but we were lucky it wasn't deadly.

Visited July 2013
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“Peaceful way to spend an hour or two”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Visiting the elephant treks is one of the must do activities in Koh Chang. There are 4 elephant camps on the island, and this one was recommended to us by the concierge at our hotel, because they do a 2 our trek into the jungle, and the elephants are treated well.

We got there after lunch, and unfortunately they would only do a 1 hour trip, rather than the 2 hour trip we were hoping for. To be honest though, I think an hour on the back of an elephant was probably enough for my back!

The elephants seemed all really happy, and thankfully had no marks on them. The guides were all calm with the elephants and there was never any hurry if they wanted to stop and eat.

Having been on a few elephant rides, this was one of the better ones, as they actually do go into the jungle. Haven read a couple of other reviews when they say that they "just follow a track", I'm not really sure what was expected ... A new track each day? Of course they follow a track, but you're surrounded by real trees, and follow a real river, see real snakes and real spiders! As for elephant dung, where would you expect them to go?! If you want a real experience, they deliver!

We did feel slightly pressured at the end of the trip to buy an elephant tusk necklace from our guide, (apparently from naturally deceased elephants), and also to leave a tip. This a shame, as we would have left a tip anyway, without him having to ask.

The cost is 500 THB each for an hour jungle trek, although prices increase if you go swimming with the elephants, or go on the 2 hour trek.

They provide free water and fruit after your trip which was a nice surprise. They also have a free pick up and drop off service, which we didn't use.

Tip: go in the morning, so you can do the 2 hours, and you'll see monkeys too!

Visited July 2013
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“The Elephant Camp”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Its half a days event. It contains lots of interesting stuff like fountains, elephants but its too hot and some people find the elephant to be smelly

Visited August 2012
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