phuket's first ethical sanctuary

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Elephant Sanctuary - First Ethical Sanctuary

Bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary offers a new home for overtired elephants who have suffered from working long hours in the logging and tourism industry. As the first ethical elephant tourism experience in Phuket, we rescue sick, injured and old elephants, welcoming them back into their indigenous habit.

At Phuket Elephant Sanctuary elephants can just be elephants. Feed them pineapples and bananas, and observe these gentle giants as they enjoy their newfound freedom, socialize with each other and bathe freely in our expansive fresh water lagoons.

Your visit guarantees to leave you inspired, transformed and in awe of these majestic animals.

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a final home for retired working elephants, set on 30 acres of lush tropical jungle. Observe how elephants rehabilitate into forest life after decades of abuse, and experience how incredible the largest land mammal on earth is during a day at our sanctuary.

THE ELEPHANT HERD

VANDA

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a final home for retired working elephants, set on 30 acres of lush tropical jungle. Observe how elephants rehabilitate into forest life after decades of abuse.

SROY FAH

Named after the fragrant purple-blue flower, Sroy Fah (previously known as Tangmo) was rescued on Thursday, 8 February from a trekking camp in Phuket.

JAN YAO

Aside from the moon in Thai, Jan Jao is also the name of our lovely 40-year old elephant at the sanctuary.


TONG KWAW

Tong Kwaw means beautiful orange flower in Thai. After more than 20 years of hauling and working in elephant riding camps, the 39-year-old elephant Tong Kwaw started her new life with us on December 15, 2017.

FAH MUI

Fah Mui is the Thai name of a very rare, blue-purple coloured Vanda Orchid. A fitting name for Fah Mui as we travelled 900 kilometers to find her in the bustling city of Pattaya in April, 2019.

GAEW TA

Gaew Ta means “Darling”, and a darling she is! This polite, peaceful and beloved elephant is in her 50s and most notably, she is blind.

GAEW TA

70-year old Richy was our “grandma” at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. Originally from the Ranong province bordering Myanmar, she spent decades in the logging industry carrying logs as heave as her own body.

CATTLEYA

Fah Mui is the Thai name of a very rare, blue-purple coloured Vanda Orchid. A fitting name for Fah Mui as we travelled 900 kilometers to find her in the bustling city of Pattaya in April, 2019.

MADEE

Madee is a true gentle giant. Peaceful and calm, she is 69 years of age and together with Kannika the first elephant to call Phuket Elephant Sanctuary home.

SAI TONG

Sai Tong’s journey to Phuket Elephant Sanctuary started with a message from a visitor who spotted the poor elephant in February 2018, tied to a tree in the blistering heat on the island of Koh Lanta.

BAAN YEN

Baan Yen was a very clever elephant, named after the ‘Four o’clock’ flower. After working in elephant camps for tourists for more than 20 years.

KANNIKA

A 36-year-old cheerful, playful & energetic girl who loves to eat and is friendly to everyone who gives her food.


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A MORNING WITH THE ELEPHANTS

Time: 09.30 – 13.00

 

A morning with the elephants is an eye-opening and inspiring experience. Following a scenic drive along a local village you will arrive at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a picturesque jungle dotted with ponds, wide open fields and hillsides for the elephants to roam around.

Your visit starts at our Tree Top Reception and Observation Platform, where we will show you a presentation and educational video to prepare you for your encounter with the elephants, and to help you understand why they need to be protected.

Next up, you will feed the elephants. While they enjoy their baskets of bananas, pineapples and cucumbers, you have a chance to learn from our guides about the background of each elephant.

Once the elephants are fed, we walk with them down into the jungle. By keeping a safe distance and watching them from our Observation Salas, the elephants have the freedom to express their natural behavior, from bathing and playing in our pond to socializing with each other.

Our top priority is the wellbeing of the elephants. As such, we do not offer rides, shows, bathing, trunk hugging, elephant kisses, sitting on or lying on the elephants, loud noisy groups, or people crowding around the elephants.

itinerary

  • Approx. 9.30 AM meeting point at our office in Paklok
  • Transfer in our vehicles to the Tree Top Reception
  • Presentation & educational video about our work and elephant wellbeing
  • Meet and feed the elephants
  • Walk with the elephants, observe as they roam, bathe, play and socialise
  • Vegetarian/vegan Thai buffet with complimentary filtered water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks at our Tree Top Reception with time to rest, relax and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of our sanctuary
  • Approx. 13.00 – Return to our office in Paklok

Not only will your visit leave you inspired and informed, it also goes a long way to support our elephants and future rescues for the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, and to contribute to a more ethical elephant approach, elephant wellbeing and conservation in Thailand.

A AFTERNOON WITH THE ELEPHANTS

Time: 13.30 – 17.00

 

Phuket’s first ethical safari type experience, our afternoon with the elephants program is ideal for elephant enthusiasts and nature lovers as it offers the opportunity to observe the animals at a respectful distance while they roam through our manicured forest and bathe in our expansive pond.

Your visit starts with an educational video presentation at our Tree Top Reception to prepare you for your time with the elephants and to understand the importance of protecting this beautiful animal. We then head down into the forest to find the elephants. Depending on where they are, we may explore the forest grounds or sit in one of our Observation Salas. Umbrellas, wellington boots and rain coats are available if needed.

Towards the end of the afternoon we walk the elephants up to our Tree Top Reception where you have the incredible opportunity to feed them some delicious treats before the elephants retire to their night shelters.

Our Afternoon with the Elephants is ideal for passionate elephant lovers and photographers as you will gain an in-depth knowledge, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities and experience an unforgettable few hours in the presence of the earth’s largest land mammal.

itinerary

  • Approx. 9.30 AM meeting point at our office in Paklok
  • Transfer in our vehicles to the Tree Top Reception
  • Presentation & educational video about our work and elephant wellbeing
  • Meet and feed the elephants
  • Walk with the elephants, observe as they roam, bathe, play and socialise
  • Vegetarian/vegan Thai buffet with complimentary filtered water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks at our Tree Top Reception with time to rest, relax and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of our sanctuary
  • Approx. 13.00 – Return to our office in Paklok

Not only will your visit leave you inspired and informed, it also goes a long way to support our elephants and future rescues for the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, and to contribute to a more ethical elephant approach, elephant wellbeing and conservation in Thailand.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS

Time : 09.30-17.00

 

During this interactive program you will spend many up-close moments with our rescued elephants, gain in-depth knowledge about their sophisticated means of communication, and learn about their natural habitat and the important role they play as a keystone species in our ecosystem. The program includes joined roundtrip transfers as well as a light breakfast, vegetarian lunch & dinner buffets, and cold drinks and refreshments throughout the day.

Your morning starts with light refreshments and a video presentation on the history and plight of Asian elephants. You will then have an opportunity to feed one of our rescued elephants for breakfast. Next, our tour guide will teach you about the intricate behavioral and communication patterns of elephants before you explore our 30-acre sanctuary to observe our elephants roam, play and bathe freely. The morning ends with a delicious vegetarian Thai lunch.

In the afternoon you will explore the natural habitat of Asian elephants and learn more about their important role as a keystone species in our ecosystem while observing the elephants roam through our jungle. You will then learn about the important role water plays in treating old and injured elephants as you meet some of the gentle giants at the new hydrotherapy pool and observe them enjoying their time in the water. Finally, you will help to prepare supplementary elephant food and feed the elephants for dinner before enjoying a vegetarian meal yourself to end the day.

itinerary

  • Approx. 09.30 meet at our office in Paklok to register, followed by transfer in our 4×4 Vehicle to Tree Top Reception
  • Welcome at Discovery Lounge, followed by light refreshments, tea, coffee & snacks
  • Educational video presentation and safety instructions
  • Elephant feeding
  • Explore sanctuary and observe elephants as they roam, play and bathe freely
  • Vegetarian/vegan Thai lunch buffet with complimentary filtered water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks
  • Learning Session at Discovery Lounge: Elephant Communication & Behaviour
  • Meet Sroy Fah
  • Meet Kannika & Madee to observe elephant communication & behaviour while witnessing water therapy for old & injured elephants
  • Break at Discovery Lounge (15-20 Minutes)
  • Food preparation for elephants (fruits & rice balls)
  • Elephant feeding
  • Thai Vegetarian Buffet Dinner at Tree Top Reception with beautiful jungle views
  • Approx. 5.00 PM return to Meeting Point and departure

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Free transfers from all hotels in Phuket
  • Soft drinks, water, fresh fruit and snacks
  • Accident insurance
  • National Park Fee

MORNING
TOUR
PRICE

per person
฿ 3000 adult
  • Children from (4-12 Years) 1500 THB
  • Free of charge for Children under 4
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MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

No minimum age

MAXIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

No maximum age

ARE PREGNANT LADIES ALLOWED?

Yes

ARE DISABLED ALLOWED?

No

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Free transfers from all hotels in Phuket
  • Soft drinks, water, fresh fruit and snacks
  • Accident insurance
  • National Park Fee

AFTERNOON
TOUR
PRICE

per person
฿ 3000 adult
  • Children from (4-12 Years) 1500 THB
  • Free of charge for Children under 4
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MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

No minimum age

MAXIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

No maximum age

ARE PREGNANT LADIES ALLOWED?

Yes

ARE DISABLED ALLOWED?

No

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Free transfers from all hotels in Phuket
  • Soft drinks, water, fresh fruit and snacks
  • Lunch
  • Accident insurance
  • National Park Fee
  • Mosquito Spray
  • Umbrellas
  • Footsteps TShirt
  • Feeding the Elephants
  • Wellies Boots & Socks
  • Rain Coats
     

FOOTSTEPS
GIANTS
PRICE

per person
฿ 7000 adult
  • Children from (4-12 Years) 3500 THB
  • Free of charge for Children under 4
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MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

No minimum age

MAXIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

No maximum age

ARE PREGNANT LADIES ALLOWED?

Yes

ARE DISABLED ALLOWED?

No

 

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