Phuket/Khaolak: Full-Day Ethical Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 8 hours
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This experience was so much more than had ever imagined. The sanctuary is very well organized for the elephants and the visitors and it was so good to see how well the elephants were looked after and cared for by the keepers. We could see that they genuinely loved them and spent all the time with them. The sanctuary is very simple yet they have thought of everything to accommodate visitors for the time they are there: explaining about the differences between Thai and African elephants; the history of the sanctuary; the reason why the elephants are there and the population of wild elephants remaining; and how to behave when we are feeding and washing them. The buffet meal was fabulous and they provided fresh drinking water and other beverages we’re on sale. The shop was a bonus - to buy a little something to remind us of this special day. It’s good to know that all money spent goes directly to the sanctuary and the elephants. Bravo for such great work!
The description mentions you will go in a cave but doesn’t mention you will be wading in water potentially up to neck height. The trek through the cave it almost 1km also. It was great fun! But something to consider. Where footwear you don’t mind getting wet and don’t take a big bag as the tour guide only has a small wet bag for everyone’s phones etc. Water is provided. The whole thing was just under 6miles (bike plus cave). Both your guides where fab and day was very well organised. Beware of lunch as some options are very spicey! Our tour guide Nim was so good so even took photos for you throughout the day and sent them by WhatsApp later!
The best thing we have ever done here in phuket!! we dis the 6:30am one. make sure to check email for instruction on when you will be picked up. we were the first that got picked up. it says to be there 10min prior pick up time and our driver was there so good thing we went to the lobby early. they will pick up other people on other hotels. when we got there, we were welcomed by 3 lovely elephants, then went to feed them, mud bath and to the little river. had a buffet lunch after.
The most fantastic place to go for a visit , it was wonderful to interact with the elephants in their natural environment including feeding them , getting a min bath with them al also cleaning them in the pool. An experience we will remember forever I could go again tomorrow . They really look after the elephants and that really shows. Don’t miss out on this trip it is definitely something very special .
Just one of those days that make a difference. Very humbling to be with great animals who sadly have suffered in hands of humans. But wow to see them safe and actually spend quality time with them was amazing. They are such beautiful creatures. Trip very well planned. Heavy rain added to experience in jungle setting. Great day out. Great buffet lunch too with cookery class. Good fun.