1. Thailand
  2. Southern Thailand and Andaman Coast
  3. Phuket
  4. Phuket City

Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

Product ID: 157908
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Spend a day learning about and interacting with rescued elephants at the ethically-run Phuket Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary. Follow the elephants' footsteps and enjoy their daily activities, such as eating local fruits, bathing, and playing with mud.
About this activity
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Thai, English

Pickup included

• Morning pickup is at 5:30 AM • Afternoon pickup is at 11:00 AM.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Spend an enjoyable half-day with the lovely giant creatures
  • Assist with the preparation of natural dietary supplements for the elephants
  • Walk with the elephants through the tree-lined sanctuary reserve
  • Dine whilst watching the elephants as they play freely in the water
  • Enjoy beautiful views from all directions
Full description
Start your day with pickup from your accommodation in a luxury, air-conditioned van. From there, take a scenic drive through beautiful scenery to the Elephant Sanctuary. Meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants before gathering up some bananas and cane sugar. Walk with your guide through the park and discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable and ethical environment. Your guide will tell you a bit about each elephant's individual stories.

You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you've met all the elephants, accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin.

Next, walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes.

Finally, enjoy some snacks and seasonal fresh fruits before heading back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Highly experienced tour guides
  • Full transfer service from your hotel
  • Drinking water
  • Boots, umbrellas, and socks
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel transfers outside designated locations
  • Gratuities
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed-toe shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please note that the exact activities with the elephants depend on what the elephants want to do that day
• Large golf-sized umbrellas are provided to use for sun protection as well as the rain
• If you book the morning session after 9 PM the day before, you cannot be guaranteed the pickup service and may need to go to the venue by yourself. However, return transport is available after you finish the activity.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 296 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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It was AMAZING! The host was SO FUNNY. Mad everyone laugh such positive energy you could see they care about their elephants. It was such a memorable and fun experience especially going in the mud and water with them. And the photographer was a star I wish we were able to leave money as a tip we didn't get a chance to do it unfortunately (we couldnt see them). He took such beautiful pictures. I put my hand up to cook and it was so fun. I loved it it was such a great day and amazing place.

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February 15, 2020

Was amazing, I was picked up from my hotel for the morning half day experience and as so as we got to the camp we went straight into the introduction then to feed the elephants. After feeding them we then had a mud bath with the elephants and then washed them off. Included in the experience was also a cooking class and a yummy buffet. Overall the day was great and I highly recommend this experience to anyone in Phuket looking for an adventure.

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February 13, 2020

I went on January 13, 2020. Absolutely phenomenal, the workers there showed the elephants love and respect. It was a highlight of not only my trip but of my lifetime. If you are in the area, it is a MUST-DO. The younger male guide (Max I believe his name was) and the other female guide were both 10/10 and expressed a high level of knowledge of their elephants. The food was great too.

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January 21, 2020

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Product ID: 157908