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    Kok Chang Safari

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Feb 16, 2013

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    Kok Chang Safari would have to be one of the best elephant trek's we have been on during all of our travels to Phuket.

    All the animals seem well cared for, the staff are very helpful and friendly and the setting is beautiful.

    There are bananas available at the center to feed the elephants while taking some great photos and you just leave a donation in the box for them.

    One of the highlights of the elephant trek, besides the fantastic views is once you are at the top of the hill you can ride down sitting on the elephants head if you want. It was so exciting sitting on her head, feet hooked behind her ears for balance and enjoying the ride back down.

    Your mahout will also take lots of photos of your trek, so just hand him your camera.

    There is also a great bar at the centre, so after your trek you can buy water, fruit shakes, beer etc at very cheap prices. This is also a perfect spot to sit and watch a beautiful Phuket Sunset!

    Prices for the 50 minute elephant trek to the summit are 1000baht per adult. This is the one we would highly recommend!

    There is also a half hour trek for 800baht, a 20 minute trek for 600baht, with 50% off for children 4 - 11 years of age and children under 4 are free.
    Money for the elephant trek is paid directly to the centre.

    Kok Chang Safari have also started doing complimentary pickups from Karon, Kata or Nai Harn and 100baht for return transfers from Patong.
    Contact details are:
    Chaini +66 (0) 84 841 9794
    info@kokchangsafari.com

    There is a more detailed report on Kok Chang Safari here with info on prices for the Elephant trek, transfer costs, photos etc
    Kok Chang Safari

    Lots more photos at; Cathy's Photo Pages

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    • Zoo

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    Kinnaree Elephant Trekking (2)

    by machomikemd Written Nov 1, 2012

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    Part 2 of my two part tip with more pictures around the elephant trekking area

    The Kinaree Elephant Trekking tour is located inside the Sprawling Kinnaree Entertainment Complex in Rawaii Town and is one of the atrractions in the complex besides the Cobra Show, Monkey Show, the Phuket Shooting Range and Archery. This will be my elephant trekking review and they also offer a 4-in-1 safari tour of the complex (elephant trekking, carabao cart riding, monkey show, rural thai village,rubber harvesting at rubber plantation).

    The Kinaree Elephant Trek is just across from the Phuket Archery Range and you can have either a 30 minute or 45 minute or 1 hour elephant trekking tour at 900 baht, 1,100 baht and 1,200 baht respectively (more expensive than doing elephant trekking at the Bangkok Area where they charge you only 600 baht to 30 minute elephant trek). we did a 30 minute trek and it goes around the thai village with the carabao cart and rubber plantation and around some hillocks. The elephant is manned by a mahout and only two people can ride at the top. the elephant will make a stop sometimes and take a dump and it will be smelly too.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    • Theme Park Trips
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    Kinnaree Elephant Trekking (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 1, 2012

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around the elephant trekking area

    The Kinaree Elephant Trekking tour is located inside the Sprawling Kinnaree Entertainment Complex in Rawaii Town and is one of the atrractions in the complex besides the Cobra Show, Monkey Show, the Phuket Shooting Range and Archery. This will be my elephant trekking review and they also offer a 4-in-1 safari tour of the complex (elephant trekking, carabao cart riding, monkey show, rural thai village,rubber harvesting at rubber plantation).

    The Kinaree Elephant Trek is just across from the Phuket Archery Range and you can have either a 30 minute or 45 minute or 1 hour elephant trekking tour at 900 baht, 1,100 baht and 1,200 baht respectively (more expensive than doing elephant trekking at the Bangkok Area where they charge you only 600 baht to 30 minute elephant trek). we did a 30 minute trek and it goes around the thai village with the carabao cart and rubber plantation and around some hillocks. The elephant is manned by a mahout and only two people can ride at the top. the elephant will make a stop sometimes and take a dump and it will be smelly too.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Safari

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    elefant trek at asia safari khao lak

    by hanspeter_W. Written Mar 27, 2011
    at eelfant trecking khao lak
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    as a top highlight of any phuket trip i suggest an elefant trekking ..you can do at several places..but i was really delighted a lot at asia safari
    best you book via tour agent which include you other sights like bamboo rafting, tsunami memorial turtle farm etc.

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    Ride an elephant

    by Josilver Updated Oct 10, 2010

    Riding an elephant is a must do while in Thailand. There are several places you can do this in Phuket. 1) Up near the big Buddha, 2)near the Gibbon santuary 3) near Patong (though I've heard they don't look after their elephant very well). Prices range from 800-900baht for 1/2 and hour, but you can get discounts during low season.

    I went with the big Buddha elephants and paid 1000baht for 45 min. You walk through the jungle along steep picturesque roads, our Elephant got hungry and went over the side of a very steep bank to pull out a banana tree. A fantastic experience and even though it was pouring rain I enjoyed it.

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    Kok Chang Elephant Safari

    by lindyz Updated Oct 5, 2010

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    I have also listed this in my 'warnings' section as I do thoroughly now believe that whilst this activity is usually high on peoples "to do" list, I hope that you will think twice before you do it. My reasons are listed in the warnings section.

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    Elephant swim !

    by Aquacraig Written Mar 1, 2008

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    Yum Yum's daily swim!

    If the weather is good, head down to a beach like Bang Tao beach around 3pm and swim with the elephant. Its a great experience for the kids also. Give the elephant a few baht before it hits the water and ask if you can ride on top of the elephant into the water!

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    Go for something different

    by yukisanto Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    Elephant rides can be an experience. There was a place which we passed by that cost 500 baht for a 20min ride. But when we hired a driver to bring us around, he brought us to another place which cost 800baht for 30min. We didn't request for a elephant ride, so obviously he was hoping to make commision off us. We tried to lower the price, but they didn't want to, so we started to walk away since we weren't that interested anyway to pay the price. Here comes the magic moment - he asked us to see the elephants first and tried to persuade us to stay. Then since we refuse to back down, he accepted our offer. So we paid 600 baht for 30min. Not bad.

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    good luck

    by Donna-Lee Written Aug 19, 2007

    They say its good luck to ride an elephant, I was just excited to be up close and personal, yes I got a kiss from a 4 year old elephant, he sure knew how to give a good smooch wow, it felt like a sloppy vacuum, best part was later in the day i realised he had left nice crusty's on my cheek. hehe

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  • Elephant Ride at Amazing Bukit Safari Phuket

    by Enawati Updated May 7, 2007
    Smiley Elephant

    I choose Phuket for my honeymoon destination and I'm absolutely amazed by an island that is so beautiful. Beaches and island always have been my favorite places to go. The only different here in Phuket compared to other island is there is an elephant ride. I wonder how they managed to keep that big animal to work daily without any complaining. It was really an exciting 1 hour ride in the forest.

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  • Elephant Trekking

    by piahmmph Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    We booked this package tour with Amazing Bukit Eco Adventure Safari Tour. We've selected the 60 min elephant trek and young elephant show. Our elephant guide was great even if he didn't speak english, he got off the elephant and let us really "ride" the actual elephant (not just the seat at the back) and he even took lots of pictures.

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    Kinnaree Elephant Trekking

    by beccyandjohn Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    This was fantastic, not cheap but worth paying. We booked 1/2 hour of jungle trekking and this was approx £10.00 each, you can have longer rides 1 hour or 2 hours and they take you further out into the jungle. Before or after your trek you can see and feed the elephants, we managed to swap cameras with another couple to get some good pictures but if you do forget your camera they take your picture for you and then you can purchase them afterwards.

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    Elephant Ride

    by trevndebs Written Feb 18, 2007
    Eye eye.
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    There are a selection of place to take the almost obligatory elephant ride. But be advised that although they look serene they are possibly the most uncomfortable form of travel there is,(although I've not tried camels..).
    There just is never enough padding in those seats to make it a fun thing! Still it's got to be done. Haha.

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    Elephant Trekking

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Jan 26, 2007

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    Elephant Trekking is half an hour elephant ride. Capacity of each seat is maximum of 3 persons.This activity is usually included in the package tours that local tour operators offer.

    Just a pre caution- elephant trekking is a very bumpy ride. So get your butts ready :-)

    Photo sessions are done when you reach the end point before returning back to base.

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    Elephant trekking with Siam Safari

    by earthboundfaerie Written Oct 30, 2006

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    Booked a 30-minute elephant trek with Siam Safari just for the experience of getting to ride on an elephant and got well more than we bargained for. Our morning started when after breakfast we were picked up by a real safari jeep and drove up to the hills of Phuket. That alone was an experience in itself as we got to enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding bays and sights from a safari jeep with the morning wind whipping at our faces. Upon getting there, you're asked to wait at a little shack where they posted a bunch of photos and articles about elephants being killed for their ivory and whatnot and how Siam Safari encourages preservation of these beautiful animals. There are also articles about the mahouts from the Karon tribe who take care of the elephants at Siam Safari. What I loved about this place is that they really take good care of the elephants unlike other elephant trek companies who hurt their elephants and treat them poorly. After a short wait, they group everybody and send you further into the hills and jungle. More than the 30-minute elephant trek that we booked, we also got magnificent views from where we trekked and got to see a mini-elephant show where they played football, danced, and painted. The trek through the jungle was amazing as we got to see great views of the surrounding bay, rubber trees being tapped, a bunch of other little mammals running around the jungle and giving our elephant a fright. Our mahout doesn't speak English since he's really from the Karon tribe and they live right there where you can see their houses by the trail but he was really nice and kept smiling at us. An elephant trek is simply a must when you're in Phuket! It was a great way to spend the morning for us. We were back at the hotel just in time for lunch and already we had a beautiful day. :)

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  • Nov 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Hi, i will be taking royal caribbean cruise to phuket. Looking for an elephant ride for my family. Is it easy and cheaper for me to book the elephant ride thru the local vendor when i tourch down or should i just book thru the cruise, which is only to cost me a lot in USD. Thanks

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