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“Not recommended at all”

Seaview Elephant Camp
Ranked #48 of 53 things to do in Kathu
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Rude staff, poor quality performance.
We have been to many elephant camps in Thailand and Laos. This one is lowest on quality standards. So if you have never seen elephants then it’s ok to visit else skip this one

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

I had reviewed many elephant treks before booking. Booking was made through our hotel and on arriving was shocked to find it was not the place i was expecting but one a little further down the road. I was so saddened by the look of all the elephants. A baby elephant chained in a small pen and exhibiting unnatural behaviour. Pick axe looking sticks used on the elephants to make them walk. No chance for any natural photos with elephants (not that i wanted any from this place). It has put a real downer on my holiday seeing elephants treated this way. STAY WELL AWAY!

2  Thank T0ndi
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Very sad experience. We knew that these gentle Giants can only transport paying tourists if you break their will and hurt them continuously with iron hooks. But we could not resist to let our young child ride an elephant.

Prices are at a rediscoulos high level aimed at the 80% Chinese customers who are ferried in minivan loads to this place and who’s drivers/guides get 30% commission.

Well.. however... we decided to pay. But once the cashier happily had our money - it all went wrong. The elephant looked sad, miss treated and sick. The worst was the young Mahud. A Mahud usually shows pride for his elephant. Not this one! Plus he treated our young child first ignorant to simple questions like “what’s the elephants name”? Can we take a picture? And so on.. later his body language turned from ignorant to aggressive. And 100 m before the end (paid 30 minutes... finished after 20...) he demanded money for elephants food.. all of a sudden the Mahud spoke perfect English as HE wanted something. He turned aggressive again coz the child had no money for him and showed his force by attacking the elephant with the iron hook... what a silly cheap display of force...

Please don’t visit elephant camps in Thailand. We feel so sorry we could not resist. These gentle giants are simply abused as walking ATM for some Thai Management who fill their pockets and don’t care to install and teach staff responsibly and care for their animals as good Mahud do.

4  Thank Pupoontour
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

What a horrible place this is! Was included in our city tour and I have to say it really put a downer on the day! Horrible the way these animals are treated. Young elephant can barely move as chained to a tree and hence exhibiting unnatural behaviours. Same applies to the monkeys! They are tied to a bin with no room to hardly move and no enrichment. This is cruel. Please if you can help it do not go to this awful establishment. Hope this place eventually gets shut down, when people realise animals should not be treated this way.

2  Thank Corin G
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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

If you look at my attached picture You can see the baby elephant can’t even stretch as he is chained to a tree.
I had driven past this elephant for twelve days in a row where I noticed this poor thing was locked in a pen that was big enough for a couple of sheep. They had him locked in this pen from 8am in the morning until about 6.30 at night - without any food or water might I add.

When tourists came to take photos with him the elephant was distraught and didn’t want to cooperate. So the man in charge proceeded to hurt the animal repeatedly until it squealed from pain.

Upon further investigation all the elephants in this trekking camp were shaking and rocking backwards and forwards indicating serve signs of distress.

I investigated their Facebook and their are countless complaints from others who have witnessed the same thing. Furthermore went back to 2015 on TripAdvisor reviews and everyone has seen the same thing.

Please don’t support this ‘company’

2  Thank Kate K
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