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Is it easy to ride an elephant in Thailand?

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Sh22 L. says :
Jul 21, 2014
Well those of who have been to Thailand knows that no visit to complete unless and until you have a traditional Elephant ride. This might be a bit scary at first but once you get to it. It would certainly be interesting. university of washington tours !
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Casper R. says :
Jun 2, 2014
This was really interesting. I got to read some funny answers about elephant rides in Thailand.I wonder why such silly questions are being asked by the tourists . Its nothing fearful about making elephant rides and if one is afraid of it then he/she must stay out of it. for more information
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Salem O. says :
Nov 7, 2008
If you have money.
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Anne G. says :
Nov 3, 2008
Yep! Especially in the far north, chiang mai or chiang rai areas.
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Laurie M. says :
Oct 30, 2008
Yes!!! And it is a great activity. Will never forget my ride! Was it just me, or did your elephants leave the path when they had to "go"?
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Clare M. says :
Oct 28, 2008
There are tons of places that do offer elephant riding - try to go for one where you can see that the elephants have been well-treated (eg no spikes used to urge them on!). Often you can help bathe them down in the river after their bath if you're lucky. Alternatively, you can visit an elephant sanctuary where you can't ride them but can see them being rehabilitated and have the opportunity to feed them. Northern Thailand and Khao Sok NP are probably the easiest places to find somewhere to ride one.
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Oct 28, 2008
Well, I rode one in Cambodia and she was so sweet. You climb up a ladder and the rest on her head and onto a padded bench attached to the elephant. When I told Sambo (in Phnom Penh) that I was sorry that she had to be alone and away from other elephants, a tear rolled down her eye. I fed her bananas which she liked. I didn't ride her for long, it's a long long way from the top of an elephant, even if they are Asian, to the ground.
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Janice S. says :
Oct 25, 2008
You can ride elephants anywhere in northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is a great place to do it since you can combine it with visiting hill tribes, and bamboo rafting! As far as riding the elephant goes from my experience an hour or two will be plently!! They are not the most graceful animals so the ride is slightly ruff and uncomfortable, but none the less a lot of fun. The only thing I did not enjoy about it was when the guides hit the elephants with the big spike....slightly upsetting. Enjoy!
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Oct 24, 2008
yes... there is so many places you can ride them it is cheap too.
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Oct 24, 2008
yes. they even have seats on them. and you can feed them bananas. and throw bananas at other people's elephants so that they will stop to eat them and you can laugh as you pass them in the great elephant race in your head.
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Bettina S. says :
Oct 24, 2008
In the north of thailand chiang mai or chiang rai every travel office offers jungle tours on elefants.
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Oct 24, 2008
it is very easy. you are not alone and there is someone that helps you. and asians elephants are smaller than the african's
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Oct 24, 2008
it is very easy. you are not alone and there is someone that helps you. and asians elephants are smaller than the african's
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Ak B. says :
Oct 24, 2008
I went on an elephant ride in Khao Sok - national park. Most people go up north for the elephants, but I enjoyed this place! We even got to go swimming with the elephant after ;)
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Douglas B. says :
Oct 24, 2008
I think elephants ride the same no matter what country you are in:) Of course, in some countries they might be hard to find. To answer your question - They are many places in Thailand to ride and elephant. The Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Ampoe Hang Chat (easily reached from Lampang) would be an excellent choice. My son and I also really enjoyed the elephants at the Elephant Training Centre in Chiang Dao. Elephants are such amazing animals. Have fun! Good journeys!
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Johanna Z. says :
Oct 24, 2008
Of cousre, I've already been to some places in Thailand, and there was everywhere a chance to take a ride with an elephant. Especially at National Parks and Waterfalls...places in the Jungle. But from Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta, to Chiang Mai you can get an elephant ride.
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Oct 24, 2008
Yeah extremely easy. If you are in Phuket all you need to do is go to Patong and in the main street there there are lots of stalls selling activities like this. I went from one stall to the other to find the best price. If you are going in their winter which if I recall correctly is about SEptember you can get these activities much much cheaper than advertised due to lack of tourists and the need for your business. I also am an animal lover and did find the way they treat their animals a little disturbing - just a note for you!
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Rebecca Z. says :
Oct 23, 2008
It's easy enough to ride it but the dismount can be tricky
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Honey K. says :
Oct 23, 2008
No problem riding it.I tried it in Chiang Mai & Phuket. The one in Chiang Mai was fun.Elephants are great but the skin felt a scrub..LOL!The caretaker will provide an umbrella if it rain.We fed the elephant with banana and the elephants there was such a great artist too (Chiang Mai)
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Melanie L. says :
Oct 23, 2008
Easy- heaps of tourist brochures in Bangkok/ Koh Samui etc will have elephant rides. If you mean physically, its a piece of cake. We did it in Koh Samui and i actually found it a distressing experience. the elephants had a seat tied on them and the elephant handlers did have a sharp rod to beat them. I would advise going to an elephant sanctuary. i did this when i was in nepal and found it a much better experience.
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Mark C. says :
Oct 23, 2008
i did mine when i was in Phuket, there are plenty of places around were you can do them
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Greta K. says :
Oct 23, 2008
There are also some great rehabilitation programs up north that take in 'retired' elephants that are no longer able to work. You won't have any trouble finding a place to go, almost every tour company in Chaing Mai and/or Bangkok can set you up.
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Tara A. says :
Oct 23, 2008
Yes - if you wish. Is suggest in a sanctuary though rather than just on the street/beach for a more well-rounded feel.
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