Travel Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Good Elephant Park in Kanchanaburi

January 8th, 2010

Kanchanaburi is situated west of Bangkok and lies within a more rural area. The town itself isn't too big but you'll find a nice street packed with bars, restaurants and little shops.

A nice thing to do and a very popular day tour is to go and visit the elephants. Now, it did wanted to ride an elephant but I kind of refused to go and take a look in those elephant sancturies where they let the poor animals dress up and dance around. This happens a lot in Thailand and the people see the elephants as touristic entertainment. The same happens with wild monkey's and I picked up a brochure where they even managed to put make up on their faces and got them to act in front of public. Heart breaking..

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The tour we did does keep the elephants in a park but doesn't make them entertain crowds or do other unnatural things. We did see a smaller elephant changed to a pole but they explained us they did that because otherwise she would run away.

After a short introduction we went for an elephant ride through the park which was really nice eventhough I kept asking myself if we really weren't too heavy for the elephant:) I just don't realise how strong these animals are.

The elephants walked through a village in Kanchanaburi close to the river and we actually got to bath them in the river! This was very nice and I think the elephants enjoyed it too.

For more info just email or call the Apple Guesthouse where we stayed. They care about the good treatment of these animals.

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What to do in Kanchanaburi: Make sure to get clear information about elephant parks so you wont be given your money to parks who abuse these beautiful animals.

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Travel Pictures of Kanchanaburi, Thailand

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Name: Sue
Age: 26-33
Travel type: Couples vacation

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Good Elephant Park in Kanchanaburi
Continent: Asia
Country: Thailand
City: Kanchanaburi
Period: Jun '09-Aug '09
Lenght of stay: 3 days
Views: 1697

Travel Review

Liked: This is one of the better elephant parks to visit
Disliked: Seeing the baby elephant chained to a pole
Trip Rating: Good

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