Elephant trekking is one of those “must do” things which visitors add to their Thailand bucket list. If you ask them why they want to ride an elephant they will likely reply “it’s something you must do in Thailand” and most do it for that simple reason.
Riding the largest land animal in the world certainly has an appeal factor, and in Thailand elephant riding is easily accessible and very affordable.
Elephant trekking has been much publicized in recent years, not as a quality tourist attraction or thrill, but as an activity you should avoid. There are numerous articles about “why you should not ride elephants” on travel blogs and websites, there is also one titled “Why Do Elephants Cry” right here on this blog.
You may have read the articles already, or not, but regardless of whether you have or not I would like to know your opinion. Do you think riding elephants is cruel ?.
Poll results: Is Riding Elephants Cruel ?
No (76%, 13 Votes)
Yes (24%, 4 Votes)