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Save Elephant Foundation - Surin Project

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Volunteering with Elephants

The elephant village was a really great experience. We walked and bathed the elephants a few times... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sam b
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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Incredable Once in a lifetime

For anyone who would like to go somewhere that will help educate and save the lives of these... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Sydney, Australia
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This is a wonderful project that helps get street begging elephants out of the cities and back to a more natural setting where they can bond as family groups and wander without chains, whilst at the same time provides a sustainable source of income...more
Ta Klang Village | Tha Tum, Surin 32120, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The elephant village was a really great experience. We walked and bathed the elephants a few times a week. We cut elephant grass to feed the elephants and we built a kitchen for a local family that could not afford one. All of the volunteers...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 14 September 2018

A lot of work is taking place and will be very good in around 2 years when complete. Lots of elephants to see, Monks creating statues, small musume and a small gift stall, small market near entrence, cost 50 Bhat around £1.25p free for Thai's....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Reviewed 9 August 2018

For anyone who would like to go somewhere that will help educate and save the lives of these beautiful animals. Extremely hands on experience in a primative village. No luxury here, but you get used to this lifestyle easily. Exciting to wake up every morning...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank LiJay73
Reviewed 29 June 2018

My brother and sister-in-law visited Thailand for the first time in Jan-Feb 2018. I've lived here for 18 years, she loved elephants, I had never been to Surin's Ta Klang elephant village, so off we went, all thru Isan. I was not enthralled as we...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Bob M
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are just nearing the end of our one week stay at the Surin project. We have been volunteering with elephants and staying with a mahout family. We have been traveling for months now and this is the first time I have...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Jennifer T
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

The elephants are chained up.. it's a tourist attraction not a conservation park.. If u want to feel bad and leave early go. If u want to support elephants dont go here

Date of experience: April 2018
7  Thank 999reganm
Reviewed 14 April 2018

I took a tour with volunteer group called "We are Bamboo" this was the best volunteer trip I have ever gone on. We were able to meet and greet the elephants in the village, cut food for them, feed them, walk them, and bathe them...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank lynnette B
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

We visited the elephant village so I could specifically ride an elephant. Being from the USA and being in Thailand for the first time, the elephant ride was high on my list. Really enjoyed the experience even though the grounds were rather dirty. The show...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Sharonkansas45
Reviewed 8 February 2018

The main theme is elephants and of course elephant rides, there isn't much else there. It soes have some small shops for ice-cream etc

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Khutan
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

If you like to make a difference when you travel then this is the activity for you. The project focuses on educating local mahouts (elephant owners) in hopes to progressively move towards a new model of animal husbandry. The project is very well organized and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank R3806TIjeremyb
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30 July 2018|
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Response from lynnette B | Reviewed this property |
The group I went with is called We are Bamboo. It was a well planned out volunteer/tour. Yes, the Mahouts definitely directly benefit from our work. Because it was a group of us I always felt safe and never threatened... More
17 May 2018|
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Response from lynnette B | Reviewed this property |
If you research the elephant history in Thailand you would not visit an elephant show nor would you ride one. The emphasis is on rebuilding and caring for them. The caring and rebuilding is not a one day thing. It is... More
27 October 2016|
Response from Mungas |
Please do not support the Elephant round up! I have personally witnessed severe acts of cruelty to elephants during a practice run of the event. The Surin project aims to show mahouts a positive way to achieve eco tourism... More