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Into The Wild Elephant Camp

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115 3 Room 1 Sri Poom Rd | Office at Hug Hostel, Chiang Mai 50240, Thailand
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Amazing and a totally unforgettable experience which all should see and do.

I've been to few camps over the years but this one actually lives up to it's name... Into the wild... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Shannon E
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Bad Experience, Elephants werent properly taken care off!!

The treatment of the animals was heartbreaking and horrendous. I felt bad for the elephants. Baby... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
AndyBalmour
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Into The Wild Elephant Camp is an elephant sanctuary and education center in beautiful Northern Thailand. At Into the Wild, the elephants are free to do what they love the most as they roam the vast forest, play contentedly in the refreshing river and enjoy their long lives post-retirement.
  • Excellent83%
  • Very good4%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible11%
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“elephant camp” (32 reviews)
“mud bath” (34 reviews)
“hug hostel” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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115 3 Room 1 Sri Poom Rd | Office at Hug Hostel, Chiang Mai 50240, Thailand

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've been to few camps over the years but this one actually lives up to it's name... Into the wild and it's as close can be for captive elephants that have been freed from logging farms etc. I'm not into seeing animals of any kind...More

1  Thank Shannon E
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The treatment of the animals was heartbreaking and horrendous. I felt bad for the elephants. Baby elephant chained up on short chain that was twisted around the leg. The elephants were chained when not used, 2 tired looking elephants tied up in a small corner,...More

1  Thank AndyBalmour
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Siwawut M, Owner at Into The Wild Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

There are just so many problems with this post as our elephants are never restrained and we use ONLY voice directions to guide them. . Our rescued elephants are free to roam all day with adequate food and water for their daily consumption. No chains,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It has been a terrible horrendous experience for me at into the wild elephant camp, i lost my smartphone at the lunch table. I really don't know who picked it up, i tried to call using other phone of the staff and it has been...More

2  Thank WilliamBarecher
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Siwawut M, Owner at Into The Wild Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Firstly this review is clearly FAKE and not of our camp as we never use chains or make the animals do anything so uncomfortable or against their will!,And we use ONLY voice directions to guide them. You can see from all the videos and photos...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wildly overpriced and overhyped, They use hooks to sting the elephants in order to control them. This is like a circus, we paid more to wash an elephant and we were disgusted by the way they treated the elephants. SAD SAD SAD! These poor elephants...More

4  Thank RubinaVarians
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Siwawut M, Owner at Into The Wild Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

There are just so many problems with this post as our elephants are never restrained and we use ONLY voice directions to guide them. You can see from all the videos and photos on our instagram and facebook that these elephants lead an amazing life.Our...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I was cautious because I am aware that there are parks were the elephants are mistreated but I needn't worry! The three elephants here were treated amazingly by the loving staff, everything they did was there own decision, the mahouts didn't use anything other than...More

Thank William H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Obviously the idea to go and "see" elephants in the wild is tempting for those, like us, who can only remotely approach these beautiful pachyderms in zoos or at circus. This idea turns out to be very real when you are next to them at...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Even my Iphone was been stolen at Into The Wild Elephant Camp, I kept it at a table where I was to have lunch and went into the river to bath the elephants, when i came back to the table, my brand new phone has...More

1  Thank AdrienneCasaro
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This place was so great. Everyone is so nice and welcoming and the elephants are so happy and free to roam as they please. We walked in the jungle with them, fed them, learned how they make their vitamins, had a delicious lunch, got in...More

Thank Julie T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, when you walked in there was a chained elephant! Not a good sign, elephants should not be chained. Secondly, almost every person on our tour fell asleep during the trip. The buffet food was bland and tasteless. And finally, my phone was...More

8  Thank daynelarrson
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Siwawut M, Owner at Into The Wild Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

There are just so many problems with this post as our elephants are never restrained and we use ONLY voice directions to guide them. You can see from all the videos and photos on our instagram and facebook that these elephants lead an amazing life....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I felt broken when I saw 3 elephants been badly tied up with chains towards a pillar. It was the worse half day trip in Chiang Mai. The elephants were scared to meet people, it was like they were been tamed with sticks and hooks...More

6  Thank BelenaPearlson
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Siwawut M, Owner at Into The Wild Elephant Camp, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We NEVER use chains for our elephants and all other comments about chains being used are also LIES. There are just so many problems with this post as our elephants are never restrained and we use ONLY voice directions to guide them. Our rescued elephants...More

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Sue D
October 9, 2017|
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Response from Siwawut M | Property representative |
Thank you for interest and would like to join us Our program include :For full day price is 2400 baht and half day is 1700 baht, our program include: Half day Morning Program 06.30-07.00 am. Pick up from your... More
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Jodie C
November 6, 2016|
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Response from deweys22 | Reviewed this property |
I booked from their office in Chiang Mai at the Hug Hostel near the North Gate. However, I believe they are responsive on their Facebook page! Enjoy!
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