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Elephant Trekking In Patong, Phuket Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Thailand is surely the biggest tourist scam of all tourist scams lol. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting but I really didn’t enjoy what I saw and since we had already paid for the tour we didn’t have any other choice but to do it.  This is once again another one of those don’t believe what you see in the brochures type of activity. What you get is to ride elephants that have clearly been through the most, the poor things look so worn out it just makes the whole experience all the more sad. Imagine spending 12 hours a day in the blazing sun with hundreds of pounds of human luggage on your back while walking through a very rocky and tough jungle (pure torture). Yes the views are amazing from high up in the jungle and all but there really is no excitement in that the poor elephants have to go through all this just for our entertainment.

The trekking costs about ฿650 for an hour, the guides are not as fluent in english which makes for a rather silent trek. While on the trek the guides stop to try and sell you some overpriced souvenirs and when you don’t buy any lets just say the rest of your trek becomes even more miserable. Out of all the activities we got up to in Thailand this was by far one of the less exciting ones. It’s really not worth it, rather visit the elephant sanctuaries where you get to play, bathe, scrub and feed the elephants, I’m pretty sure that’s more exciting. (Damn this post is rather negative lol sorry for that guys, I guess this is just a reminder that not everything is all glitter and gold when you go on vacation) 

Anyway loves that is all from my Thailand Trip for now, I will load more pictures on Facebook for you guys to see! The next country for me to explore will be Lesotho so look out for those posts coming soon 🙂 

3 thoughts on “Elephant Trekking In Patong, Phuket Thailand

  1. I could not agree more. I feel sorry for those poor elephants. If you really want to ride an elephant, look into the camps in Botswana. Those are African elephants and all are rescued and very well treated. That for me was a great experience.

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