Elephant riding and washing prices in Tangkahan
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 26, 2012 4:09 PM Last Post By: thelawnet
Mar 13, 2012 3:28 AM
Elephant riding and washing prices in TangkahanHi guys,
I'm planing my Sumatra trip and would therefore like to know if it's worth heading to Tangkahan and how much riding and washing the elephants is. I don't want to go there if I can't afford paying for it.
Mar 13, 2012 6:40 AM
1According to this report http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2157658
it costs 600,000rp for a ride, 100,000 to wash.
Also the indications from this: http://sumatra-ecotravel.com/main/individualtours/tangkahan_paradise_for_elephants/ is that that price is correct.
Only you can decide whether it is worth it, but it is certainly not the best elephant ride in the world, maybe if you are on a budget you can skip it and try the washing instead.
Tangkahan is fairly isolated, quiet, and undeveloped, as a place to visit, again, if that's what you want, then you should go, if you prefer things more lively, it might not be for you.
Mar 14, 2012 9:46 AM
2The agent (link above) was advertising at the elephant compound when I was there Mar 2011 at a somewhat inflated price compared to what I paid for the same ride (he had a list of activities which were all higher than what I paid for any of them!!)
Obviously I didn't use the agents prices as advertised at the compound, but booked through Mega Inn which was also my lodgings.- it cost me 250,000.... the link (agent) at the same time was 320,000... i think.
My 250,000 also included bathing the elephants........600,000 is way too much.
Not saying Mega Inn hasn't been forced to charge 600,000 now...... but there were definately two different sets of prices, being charged by two separate sources at the same location when I was there.... but even if you got there and decided it was too expensive, it's still a beautiful place to visit...even the local bus ride from Medan to Tangkahan was great fun with beautiful scenery (i thought).
Edited by: dc1
Mar 14, 2012 10:27 AM
3jeez,, just had a better look at the link supplied previously in which they now offer 600, 000 for elephant tours.....
.... their prices for accommodation are also super inflated....
Mboy at Bukit Lawang is on offer for 24 Euros... I stayed in that room for 100,000 Nov 2011, (less than 10 euros).
Indra Inn is advertised for 14 Euros!!! - rooms are actually only 50,000 (again Nov 2011).
Mega Inn at Tangkahan is on offer at cheap price of 15 Euros..... get it for 75,000 (Mar 2011).
And it continues,,, super inflated prices for accommodation via this agent. He must be making a small fortune... but the sad fact is that people pay these prices.
Travel independantly is what I'm saying, it's much more fun, you meet great people on public transport and it's much cheaper....
..... so maybe he advertises elephant trekking at 600,000, but i bet Mega Inn isn't charging that price.
So OP, go to Tangkahan and take the risk.
Edited by: dc1
Mar 14, 2012 11:27 AM
Mar 14, 2012 10:19 PM
Mar 23, 2012 4:23 AM
6I had an identical question to the OP as I'm visiting Bukit Lawang with my wife and young child in early June so thanks for your help. Following the advice I'll book a jeep and driver for the transport for a day trip to Tangkahan then arrange any elephant activities when there, avoiding Mondays and Thursday.
Mar 26, 2012 2:09 AM
7The Guest House where I'm going to stay in BL have told me that the prices for elephant riding have risen substantially in recent times. They've quoted me 1M IDR for a day trip to Tangkahan including transport and elephant washing, or 2.5M IDR to include elephant riding. Think we'll just go for the washing at those prices.
Mar 26, 2012 4:09 PM
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