10 Attractions To Avoid !!! 97

It seems that every country, every city would have various tourist attractions to attract tourist dollars into their country. Some of this attractions are to be avoided at all cost.

Top 10 Tourist Attractions To Avoid At All Cost

It is estimated that more than 550,000 wild animals are suffering at the hands of irresponsible tourist attractions around the world, with more than 110 million tourist visit this attractions, and are unaware of the animal abuse happening.

#1 Riding Elephant


To make elephants submit, the baby elephants are separated from their mothers and are forced through horrifying training procedures to ensure that they are suitable to give rides for tourist. Baby elephants are frequently held in tiny cages and trainers frequently inflict pain by using pointed hooks. Countries with riding elephants include Thailand and Africa.

#2 Performing Dolphindolphin

Dolphins are frequently caught in the wild, they are usually chased by high-speed boats before being caught by nets. Many dolphins do not make it to the aquarium, as the stress level has caused many to die. Dolphins are frequently kept in enclosed areas and suffer from sunburn.

#3 Taking Selfie With Tiger


At a young age, cubs are separated from their mothers, to be used as photo props for hours. They are usually chained in small cages, some tigers are known to be drugged so as to be appeared tame. Thailand is found to have more than 10 such venues with more than 600 tigers.

#4 Holding Sea Turtle


Sea turtle is cute to see but at some attractions, tourists are allowed to hold them and or even eat them. Sea turtles are timid fellows, and by holding a sea turtle it gives them extreme stress and causes their immune system to weakened.

#5 Walking With Lion & Selfie With Cubs


Most lion cubs are taken from their mothers when they are about 1 month old. Most of the lions are specifically bred for the tourist industry, where tourist are told to hit the cub when the cubs show sign of aggression. When lion cubs grow too big for the tourist to handle, they are frequently chained and walked as pet dogs. The lion tourism is a huge industry in South Africa.

#6 Visiting Bear Parks


Bear tend to be solitary animals in the wild, but are frequently placed in small enclosed areas with many other bears. The congestion causes stress and the environment is the causes of frequent bacterial and diseases outbreak. Some bears are dressed as clowns to perform for tourists too.

#7 Kissing Cobra and Snake


Cobra and snakes bites can be fatal to a human. Most snakes are caught in the wild and are defanged to take out the venom ducts, with unsanitized equipment some snakes could die from bacterial infection.

#8 Monkey Acrobats


Monkey are frequently trained aggressively and painfully to make them perform acrobats. They are often dressed in various costumes and forced repeatedly to perform acts to the amusement of tourists. Monkeys are usually chained in small cages which caused skin and disease infections.

#9 Visiting Crocodile Farm


Most crocodile farms mainly supply crocodile skins to the fashion industry for luxury bags and their meat to the certain exotic food industry. Crocodile farms are usually housed in small areas with overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. Crocodile might seem to be a very vicious animal, but they are very sensitive to stress. The enclosed environment usually leads to diseases. The stressful and competitive environment tends to lead to fights between the crocodile sometimes even to death.

#10 Touring Civet Coffee Plantation


A cup of civet coffee can fetch an upwards price of up to $100. With such a high price tag, farmers have started catching civet to breed them and to forced them to produced more civet coffee. Most of the captured civet tends to have an unbalanced diet and are kept in small cages. Civet tourism is frequently found in Indonesia.

Be a responsible traveller and avoid this 10 attractions at all cost.

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97 thoughts on “10 Attractions To Avoid !!!

  • Arzo Travels

    Thank you for this post. When I was younger I was also less caring and really wanted to swim with dolphins, but now I am aware of the problems and I dream of swimming with wild and free dolphins. Always good to make people more aware of it as I think most are not careless on purpose 🙂

  • Alina Popescu

    I never realized just how many animals are traumatized just so tourists can have their fun. I know I prefer zoos or sanctuaries where the animals’ well being comes first, but it’s still shocking to see how many have to suffer so we can turn them in something they’re not: cuddle buddies. They still are wild beasts and should be treated as such.

  • Julie

    I will never visit any tourist attraction that involves animal mistreatment. I saw so many people riding elephants around Cambodia and could never do it myself. You are right to point out how the animals in many of these places face cruel environments and living conditions. As travelers, we need to spread the word to others as much as possible to get these places off the tourist radar.

  • LeAnna

    Animal tourism is such a sad thing and too many tourists don’t know enough about them. It is so important that people teach each other to be mindful about where they put their money when traveling. Thank you so much for this post!

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      Yes I agree, that the animals should be in the first priority in the sanctuaries. I have seen a video, where a Chinese tourist kissed a cobra, and the cobra bit her so hard.

  • Dana

    It’s heartbreaking to think about the abuse of all those poor animals. I don’t think most tourists really “get it”, so articles like these are so important to educate travelers.

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      Most travellers think it is fun to be taking photo with a lion or a tiger for the sake of their instagram, but they don’t know that the animals had gone through so much just for their photos.

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      I have not visited any of it! I actually wanted to do the elephant ride, but i did heard and see photos of how the elephant is being tortured, that cause me to be more aware of the abuse towards the animals.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for such a great reminder to everyone about what really goes on with some tourist attractions. I don’t think most people realize what goes on behind the scenes. I know I didn’t. We humans don’t have to abuse animals to enjoy them in their natural surroundings.

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      I think tourist money is the main factor, why all this are happening. I believed it takes one more person to stop patronising this places, and slowly the place would be out of business.

  • christine

    This is great, most people don’t realize what happens behind the scenes. I’ll admit, back in the day I didn’t know better and rode an elephant.. I still feel bad about it to this day! Now I know the difference between REAL and fake sanctuaries.

  • anna

    I used to be one of those naive travelers that didn’t look into attractions. Now, I refuse to take part in any activity that exploits animals. I even stopped going to zoos! Thanks for writing this post and sharing it-hopefully it raises awareness.

  • Erica

    I’ve read a similar info graphic but failed to disclose details as to why. It’s great that you’re educating your readers about this issue because as traveler’s, it’s our obligation to travel responsibly too.

  • Karla | karlaroundtheworld

    This is where I am now. I admit, I was guilty. I supported tourism like these ones. I was one of those ” I have to” especially the swim with the dolphins. But now, I realized these animals are in captivity because of tourists/travelers like me and I no longer want to support it.

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      Awesome! With one more person that support the cause of not patronising abusive sanctuaries, we would have lesser animals that would need to go through the agony.

  • Sarah

    I definitely agree, especially with # 4. While snorkeling in Hawaii, I was fortunate enough to spot some sea turtles. Unfortunately, some fellow snorkelers decided to pose with it using their underwater cameras. They had no shame in disturbing this rare and precious creature…it was very troubling to watch. Thanks for sharing!

  • Rob

    What a shame that tourists and tour operators think that these “attractions” (more like horror shows) are something that should be accepted. I couldn’t agree more these things should be avoided at all costs. #10 is a new one for me I had never heard of enslaving Civets to produce Kopi Luwak, not that I would pay $100 for a cup of coffee.

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      As the coffee is pricey, Civets are kept and fed for the sake of the coffee. At the end of the day, it is still money that is the cause of the abuse act.

  • noel

    I haven’t heard of Civit coffee and I’m sure I don’t really want to know…the other avoidables I agree that I would never do any of those types of tours to visit animals just for the selfie. It is so sad our society is geared this way to take that outrageous photo required but not really necessary.

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      Civets coffee is created by having civets eating the coffee cherry, and they would need to defecate the coffee to make produce kopi luwak.

  • Andrea Leblang

    Thank you for this post! I am always horrified by photos of people enjoying experiences with animals who have been abused for tourists’ amusement. I don’t think many people realize what they are supporting. Glad you put together this list and are helping open people’s eyes!

    • Bernard Tan Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement! With one more person, that is aware and tries to avoid these attractions, we would have lesser animals placed in this abusive situations.

  • Natalie

    Reading everything made me a bit sad, but this is really great to know. A lot of times, us travelers don’t think about what the animals have to go through in order to create the tourist attraction. Great article – I will definitely keep this in mind on my future travels 🙂

  • Bell | Wanderlust Marriage

    Great post, agree with all these suggestions for “attractions” to avoid! I love seeing animals like a lot of people, but I love seeing the in their habitats! Seeing wild elephants is one of my top 3 travel days, it was so much more amazing to see them in the jungle than in any zoo. Thanks for putting this out there.

  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

    Thanks for putting this list together. Too many people don’t realize what has to happen to the animal in order for them to have one of these experiences. None of these things would be possible in the wild. Is that selfie really worth it on top on an elephant when you realize the torture and abuse the animal has suffered?

  • Janna

    I never knew that there are many harmful animal attractions. I actually wanted to swim with dolphins in one of the resorts in Mexico and I also wanted to ride an elephant but after reading articles, including this, that will no longer happen. I may just go back to Hawaii and swim with the wild dolphins in Kauai.

  • Anna @ shenANNAgans

    I guess I knew this happened, but didn’t really go too deep on the consequences a tourist has on the animal who is ‘posing’ for our enjoyment. I am not big on animals in general featuring in my travels, I don’t even enjoy zoos and sanctuaries, but thank you for this thought provoking post, def sharing with my readers as a point to consider in their travels.

  • Elena

    Yes, yes and yes. I know that sometimes people don’t think about the bigger picture and implications on environment and community when they travel, but it is so important.

  • Meg Jerrard

    Fantastic post – thankyou for raising awareness and spreading the word about responsible tourism. As more and more people join this movement and start boycotting irresponsible activities, we might start seeing a real change. We really do have the power to change the world with our wallets 🙂

  • Megan

    A great list. It’s all about doing your research about the organization. There are animal experiences that are actually focused on conservation and not about tourism and raising money. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mar Pages

    I’m so glad you wrote this! Many travellers don’t realise what they’re supporting but its really good that people are becoming more aware. Its awful how these animals are being treated, hopefully responsible tourism puts a stop to it soon.

  • Ashley Hubbard

    Thank you for this post! I know people love animals and they just want to see them which often leads to making uninformed decisions and ultimately irresponsible decisions as well. I’m glad I did my research before visiting Thailand and I chose to volunteer with elephants as opposed to riding them and skipped the Tiger Temple. I always, always do my research when it comes to animal attractions now – as I still like to visit the ones that are doing good things for the conversation of them!

  • Elaine Masters

    So happy to see this post. The future of tourism has to be in responsible, ethical and compassionate endeavors. I’m proud of the travel blogging community learning, correcting past mistakes and leading the way. I won’t go near performing animals, especially dolphins but do favor visiting and supporting true sanctuaries that honor the wild nature of their inhabitants who wouldn’t survive in the wild or have ‘retired.’

  • Trisha Velarmino - P.S. I'm On My Way

    I hate this whole idea of exploiting animals for profit and taking them out of their natural habitat and interfering with their way of living. Such an anthropocentric way of thinking. It elevates the idea that wild and exotic animals could be used as a form of novelty entertainment. Thank you for all these tips, Bernard! Thanks for sharing such brilliant insights!

  • Dani

    Wow, this is definitely the best subject you could have chosen Bernard! It’s amazing the number of Backpackers that would need to read this before travelling. I’ll make sure share it as much as possible. Thanks for the great content… again 😉

  • travelling chingrita

    i completely agree with your suggestions. there are boundaries as travellers to respect the places we are in but also the fauna and flora.. tourist attractions should be of the places we are in and things we do. however, not at a cost to the beautiful animals that are part of our beautiful world.

  • Vanessa Chiasson

    This is an excellent, comprehensive list. This is why I love visiting National Parks in North America – the animals come first. At Kilbear Provincial Park (in Ontario, Canada), they have engineered special under-the-highway tunnels for the local Massasaga rattle snake to use so it won’t be hit by cars or come in too-close contact with hiking humans.

  • Voyager

    It is so sad that for the sake of tourism and commercialization so many animals are being harmed without a second thought. If every traveler/tourist boycotts these attractions, it will definitely help in creating awareness about this issue. I think this indeed a really thought provoking post.

  • Marge Gavan

    The level of abuse these animals are suffered just to become tourist attractions is horrendous. This has given me perspective. I’d stay away from tourist attractions that involve animals from now on.

  • Corinne

    Yes! I have to agree with these wholeheartedly. I love seeing animals in their natural habitat, like on a safari. The only places I think are good are rehabilitation centers.

  • Christina

    What a great summary! Travelers need to be more aware of animal tourism and the trauma it can inflict on the animals. When I first started traveling I didn’t know much about this part of tourism. Now, I am much more careful and do research before visiting animal sanctuaries.

  • Tina

    I really love your site! You bring the message straight to the point that keeps me always reading and wanting more 😀 I already saved your page to my favourites!

    Its a pity… a lot of tourist forget that those “special experience” always comes with a price, not for us but for the animals!

  • Safari Junkie

    Agree with your post and I think despite of all, people still do these tours, very selfish. I have been to dolphin tour years ago on Zanzibar, which turned out very disappointing. Dozen of boats chasing dolphins in the bay all day from the morning till evening. Even if animals are not trapped they can be still traumatized.

  • Rachel

    Thanks for the heads up, I wouldn’t have thought of some of these! Although I can never image kissing a snake, not sure why anyone would do that anyways?!? I grew up in Florida and have been to an alligator farm before when I was a kid, and all I remember is how BAD the whole place smelled! I imagine it’s from the unsanitary conditions you talk about in this post.

  • Chantae

    I love that you raise awareness to these horrible tourism practices! I knew about all, except the coffee plantation. Thanks to this post, I won’t be going there again.

  • Sarah

    Holy crap, this post has almost left me in tears. Thanks for putting this list together as it’s so important travelers are aware of such awful things before accidentally taking part. The elephant rides drives me absolutely MAD– I can’t understand how people STILL manage to get thousands of likes on their elephant-riding selfies when it’s just cruel, the poor tired elephant, why should she carry your fat ass around? Okay rant over now. Sharing on twitter! @Expatoftheworld

  • melody pittman

    Kissing the cobra/snake? People must be crazy or hard up for entertainment! I try to steer clear of animal offerings other than Disney and centers that are saving them from neglect or abandonment. (we have several of these in Florida) Great post!

  • Kaja

    That’s good to share such an information to people travelling the world. It may save a lot of beings ans for me, as a vegetarian, who cares about the nature I think the more natural and the wilder the better for our planet.

  • Ann

    As travelers, I think most don’t really understand the impact they have. The tourist industry at some nations are what keeps the economy afloat. If people begin to support more eco or sustainable travel, it can make a big change. An instagram shot just isn’t worth it!

  • Kusum

    Oh my gosh, that sounds way too brutal! Now that I read about it, I feel terrible for indirectly being a part of such a cruel treatment towards animals. Will never the next time. Thank you for sharing such valuable piece of information and spreading awareness.

  • Matthias

    Great post! I am so with you. Animals should be free. Instead we are holding them in zoo, park and even circus for our pleasure to watch them. That so is wrong. Great you spread the message! Will definitely support you!

  • Loredana

    Nice job in listing the threats of travelling 🙂 Not all places are to be explored, indeed. I for sure, am not a lover of these kind of trips! I have swimmed with dolphins in Acapulco, and I felt really guilty afterwards… In Bali I had a nice safari, though! The animals were living free and were taken care of. Thanks for the info!

  • Krystin

    Wow, this is such a unique post! I love that its not very conventional because many people talk about what you should do, I’m so glad to come across something as different as this. Thank you for sharing, I will definitely take your tips into consideration!

  • Ashwini KA

    You have pretty much summed it up very well Bernard. Animals are meant to be in ‘their’ habitat, not ours. It gives a feeling like ‘How would you feel if you had been prisoned to perform an act or to take selfies with other species?’ Being rational thinkers, humans must understand this obvious act and give up their selfish means to earn money!

  • Suanlee

    It’s easy to get caught up in the mystery and wonder of beautiful creatures such as these but it doesn’t excuse animal tourism. Marvel them from afar in their natural habitat. Great post spreading awareness.

  • Psychic Nest

    Hi Bernard,

    Thank you so much for this article. I didn’t know that most cases the cubs are being separated from their mothers for pleasing the tourists. This is so sad. I would never give my money to anything that supports animal abuse and mistreat.


  • Jovana

    You are so right! I agree with all the above mentioned points! There is no excuse to visit any of these attractions; the conditions for the animals are horrible and cruel! Everyone should think about the consequences. There are way better things to do during your travels, thats for sure!

  • master ryo

    I could not agree more.Thank you for putting the words right and posting this mate.
    I believe we shared a common desire to a responsible tourism and animal rights.
    I hope fellow travelers take this post as an eye opener.


  • Lyka | The Travelling Pinoys

    I am guilty of 2 here. Selfie with a tiger seemed too cool before but realized the damage it causes them the moment I stepped inside the “sanctuary”. The civet tour is not something I intentionally did. It was one of those side trips in my Bali tour. But I know better now. Thanks for sharing tbis!

  • Aditi Kapoor

    Very informative article. It’s high time that we humans understand this basic fact that animals have a life of their own and deserve to live in freedom as much as we do. Being a responsible traveler is a skill very few people know!