Morning Call from Thailand Elephant in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has a hotel where offer Elephant Wake-up Call Service. The house is on a hill, surrounded by elephant sheds and a small river. The landlord is a New York madam and her Thai husband. They will share their romantic love stories and tell you a lot about Thai elephants.

In Thailand, many elephants are suffering because of tourism, while landlords and couples devote themselves to rescuing elephants. They raise 11 elephants, most of them rescued, creating the best environment for elephants and cultivating them to get along well with people.

You can book a special program: the elephant wake you up. The elephant will come to your room and wait for bananas by the balcony. After eating your breakfast with them, walk together on the rush jungle, see the waterfalls, and take a shower on the river, and play for a while in the river. Close contact with elephants will be a primitive and romantic journey in Thailand.

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Emblem of Thailand

The National Emblem of the Kingdom of Thailand is a very religious and mysterious totem pattern. The dark red bird’s back is the King. The pattern is the golden pagoda of the Thai folk legend, the bare neck, the arm and the wrist are all wearing the dazzling golden ornament, the two arms are bent to the head, the inside of the finger, The typical form of the Thai folk dance and dance shows the rich Thai national characteristics. The bird is a deep red double-wing and a tail, with a golden armor and two strong claws, strong.

The country and the royal label of Thailand are called the “Garuda”, a mythical semi-human half-bird image, which is said to be a horse of one of the Hinduism’s main gods, to decorate the scepter and the royal banner of King Phumphon Adunyadet. Many government agencies in Thailand use Garuda on their badges. In addition, Garuda is also a symbol of the royal appointment and assignment “, which is officially approved by the royal family for companies with outstanding economic achievements or significant charitable causes. But it is rare to issue such a sign, which will be regarded as a noble honour.

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Where You Can Visit An Ethical Elephant Sanctuary near Bangkok?

A well-taken-care-of elephant has room to roam and isn’t overworked by constantly performing in shows or giving endless rounds of rides. Here are three elephant sanctuaries with great reputations to look into visiting during your trip to Thailand, plus some background on why you shouldn’t ride an elephant and some tips to make your time at the sanctuary more memorable.

The opportunity to encounter highly endangered elephants draws travelers from around the globe to Thailand. Elephants are incredibly intelligent creatures — they have the largest brains of land mammals. Sadly, captive elephants have endured horrific abuse in order to ‘break’ them into being docile around humans. If you love the world’s largest land mammal then you may want to consider volunteering at an Elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

Volunteering with elephants is often a very rewarding experience. Retired working elephants are no longer capable of reentering the wild and rely on human support for daily care and nourishment. The best sanctuaries are those with large plots of land that allow the elephants to roam freely in semi-wild environments.

Working with elephants is one of the most popular volunteer activities in Thailand. Read on to learn about ethical elephant sanctuaries where you can volunteer in Thailand.

Firstly, we should know that there are merely elephant sanctuary near Bangkok, while you can do these following by one-day tour and return to Bangkok the same day.

  1. ElephantsWorld

Duration: 2h15min

Location: Kanchanaburi

2. Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Location: pattaya

Duration: 2 hours

Hutsadin Elephant Foundation

Location: Hua Hin

Duration: 2 h 30 mins

3. Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

Location: Kaeng Krachan

Duration: 2 hours 15 min

4. Elephant Haven

Location: Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi

Duration: 2h45min

5. Save Elephant Foundation – Surin Project

Location: Surin

Duration: 6 hours by car

Of cause, the best place to see elephant in Thailand is Chiang Mai, while you have better to take a flight first to Chiang Mai city. There are dozens of elephant sanctuary, all located in natural places……

6. Elephant Nature Park

Location: Chiang Mai

Duration: 1 hour 15 min from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight, another 1 hour 15 min to the sanctuary.

7. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai

Location: Chiang Mai

Duration: 1 hour 15 min from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight, another 1 hour 10 min to the sanctuary.

8. Elephant Rescue Park

Location: Chiang Mai

Duration: 1 hour 15 min from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by flight, another 1 hour 10 min to the sanctuary.

If you fly to Koh Samui, there will be:

9. Samui Elephant Sanctuary

Location: Koh Samui

Duration: 1 hour 45 min from Bangkok to Koh Samui by flight and another 30 min

If you fly to Phuket, there will be:

10. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

Location: northern Phuket

Duration: 1 hour 10 min from Bangkok to Phuket by flight. Taking another 45 min from Phuket town or Patong Beach

11. Green Elephant Sanctuary Park

Location: northern Phuket

Duration: 1 hour 10 min from Bangkok to Phuket by flight. Taking another 30 min from Phuket town or Patong Beach

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Hotels which combines camp idea with the elephant in jungle:

  1. Elephant Hills – 3 star

Location: 170 Moo 7, Khao Sok National Park 84250 Thailand

Duration: 1h30min by flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani International Airport

Elephant Hills combines the African Safari tent camp idea with the breathtakingly beautiful environment of Khao Sok in Southern Thailand. Furthermore, the resort offers 2-4 days soft adventure tours, including kayaking, lake explorations, mangrove expeditions, jungle treks and the unique Elephant Hills elephant experience. Here you get to wash, feed and interact with Asia’s largest land animal in a sustainable and fun way. Elephant Hills does not offer Elephant riding out of respect towards the elephants.

It’s Thailand’s First Luxury Tented Camps.

2. Elephantstay – 3 star

Location: Ayutthaya

Duration: 1 hour 15 min

Elephantstay is an elephantastic, up close and personal, hands on experience with elephants staying in the centre of a working elephant village.

Rooms were just like the website. Basic but very clean. If you travelling with young kinds, I would question wether it is right environment for children. A lot would depend on the childs age and maturity. all rooms are air-conditioned, showers are strong & hot and there’s free wifi.

3. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – 5 star

Location: Chiang Saen

Duration: 1 hour 15 min by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and another 1 hour from Chiang Rai to the hotel.

This was very different than the traditional “tourist riding” elephant options. The Elephants all belong to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation which has about 160 acres of land right up next to Anantara. Not only are these elephants rescued but the Mahouts that they belong to are also rescued. It’s a great story to learn about as well as experience. 

At Anantara Golden Triangle, the natural and cultural merge at our unique onsite Elephant Camp, modelled on traditional mahout villages and home to the resort’s very own gentle giants. 

4. The Chai Lai Orchid – 3 star

Location: Chiang Mai

Duration: 1 hour 15 min by flight and another 1 hour to the hotel

Here you can spend your days swimming with elephants in the river, lounging hammocks, and trekking to visit near by waterfalls and hill tribe villages. The Chai Lai Orchid is currently working to rescue elephants from their daily chair tours and long hours. Offer the opportunity to bathe, bareback ride and play with the elephants and proceeds go towards our cause.

5. Sappraiwan Elephant Resort & Sanctuary – 3 star

Location: Wang Thong

Duration: 5 hours

It’s only been two years since it ran as a hotel and elephant-riding business!

How much is the elephant sanctuary in Thailand?

If you want to visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, the best guide is to book it in advance. Many of those ethical sanctuary is available for single-day, overnight program and a week program.

Elephant Nature Park
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Cost: Day tours charge 2,500 baht ($73US) per person; overnight tours charge 5,800 baht ($168US) per person.
What’s incorporated: All tours include feeding and bathing the elephant, relevant meals, plus pickup and dropoff from your hotels in Chiang Mai downtown. The duration on the way is about 1.5 hours.
Tips: Elephant Nature Park is very popular, so you had better to book in advance. If you book days before, it might be sold out.

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Cost: 2,400 baht for adult, 1,800 baht for children from 4-10 years-old, Free for 0-3.
Includes: Free Karen T-shirt, round-way transfer from your hotel in Chiang Mai downtown, drinking and traditional Thai food in the sanctuary, food for the elephant, all elephant-related activities.
Tips: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary have several branch around Thailand. The center is located in Chiang Mai. Newly-opened are Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui.

Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary
Location: Sukhothai, Thailand
Cost: 6,000 baht ($195) per person for an overnight tour.
Includes: Overnight program includes all meals and non-alcoholic drinks in the sanctuary, accommodation, laundry, and all activities. No service for transfer from and to your hotels in downtown.
Tips: The reserve is located in six hours north of Bangkok, so you need to go your own way there. Or go to the Sukhothai city first and catch a car to the sanctuary there. The town has both an airport and a bus stop.

The Surin Project
Location: Baan Tha Klang, Northeastern Thailand
Cost: The cost in the sanctuary is called contribution. With about a contribution of 13,000 baht ($422) per week, you will follow the project leaders and take care about 200 elephants.
Includes: Elephant-related activities. You will ethically train, feed, wash and watch them all day. All meals and accommodation in the reserve.

Read more: Thailand Elephant Tour Packages

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

If you are looking forward to a real elephant sanctuary in Thailand, visit no where than Elephant Nature Park. This park located in Chiang Mai, northwest of Bangkok. It’s around several hours from the downtown, which enables its entirely different natural environment.
This elephant sanctuary is a unique style in elephant tourism. Normally, elephants are used brutally in entertainment and riding. Their basic life cannot be guaranteed and most of them are suffered from long-time disease. Unlike those traditional elephant tourist sights, Elephant Nature Park is a volunteer-liked program. It’s a pioneer in the field of elephant’s benefit.
Those gentle giants in Elephant Nature Park is rescued from around the country. Each day, the keepers of the park will have those elephants walking around the field and swimming in the mud pool, their favorite activities. Their diet is specially designed and cooked by volunteers, food including banana, pumpkin, sticky rice and many other fruits. There are now about 70 elephants living there. Apart from that, you can also find more than 350 dogs which were strays and have been adopted. The vast majority of those lovely creature live a harmonious life here.

Read more: Elephant Volunteer Tours in Thailand

Thai Elephant Protection

Thai elephant is the national animal and the royal symbol of Thailand. It is regarded as guardian angel of the country. Long time ago, Thailand has had more than 90% forest coverage and thousands of elephants lived there. Along with the development of logging industry, the forest decreased dramatically. The ideal living environment of elephant was damaged seriously and with the help of poaching, in the beginning of the 20th century, there were over 300, 000 elephants and 100, 000 domesticated elephants in Thailand, but until the year of 2007, there were an estimated 3,456 domesticated elephants and about 1,000 wild ones. Thai elephant has become endangered animal. 

Government actions to protect elephants in Thailand

Thai people has a quite long time closed relationship with the elephants. They loved elephants and domesticated them to help them to do the heave work. They also followed the Siam King went on expeditions. They were the symbol of honor, dignity and the strength. As time went on, Thai elephants became transport of logging during the peak period of logging industry in Thailand. More and more huge old trees were cut down, then large areas of virgin forest disappeared. The government of Thailand found the serious problem of the forest decline and issued the law to ban the logging and protect the forest. From then on, the elephants and their mahouts had lost their jobs. Without the stable income, it is really a huge burden to the mahouts to maintain the elephants’ life. Although the Thai elephant is smaller than other Asian elephants, it eats about 100 kilos of food. Elephants and mahouts have stuck into life and economic crisis. The wild and the domesticated elephants’ life were both under threat. In order to feed the elephants, mahouts had to find other ways to make living. So the elephants were trained to learn acrobatic and perform to entertain visitors in circus and zoos. The lots of works of elephant were replaced by modern machines, the elephants did not take an important role in people’s life as before to the young generations. With the sharp cutoff of the population, Thai elephants were threatened by extinction. 

All of above caused the attention of Thai government and animal welfare experts around the world. The action of protecting Thai elephants has already started. The government is preparing a draft law to require every captive elephant birth registered and an ID card would be given. In addition, instructions were issued to collect DNA samples from every captive elephant in the country to establish a comprehensive database of their genetic information. The law also requires mahouts who work in elephant camps to gain a license, and owners of the camp have to get the permit for operating from the Department of National Parks and the permit must be renewed every three years, and submit to inspections. Many elephant sanctuaries have been established to rescue the injured wild elephants and the retailed domesticated elephants and let them enjoy their rest of lives. 

Elephant Volunteering 

As the largest mammal in the world, an elephant can eat up to 100 kilos food and spend 18-20 hours on eating every day. Only providing enough food for the elephants is a huge expense. The elephant sanctuaries in Thailand really need finances to support their projects. That is why they welcome volunteers from aboard who can afford to pay their ‘voluntourism’ prices. Volunteering can be rewarding and crucial to conservation of endangered elephants. It provides a stream of income for the owners of the sanctuaries to maintain the elephants lives and have money to purchase the elephants from circuses or other places where elephants are abused, in the meanwhile, volunteers can interact with elephants in a healthy, safe way and learn spread the knowledge of protecting elephants and introduce more people to take part in the protection of elephants. The elephant volunteer programs also can encourage other elephant owners to consider more humane lifestyles for their elephants once they see ethical elephant experiences can make profit. 

With the development of tourism industry in Thailand, millions of tourists travelling to the kingdom every year, a captive elephant will be high on their wish list. We appeal to all the tourist away from elephant riding, trekking, performance watching and abuse if you are interested in supporting the Thai elephant protection. 

UME Travel have already refined our own stance on elephant tourism over the last few years. We do not promote any elephant performances, riding or any other types of unnatural behavior programs for tourists. 

We list some excellent elephant sanctuaries below with volunteer projects where you can contribute your time to work for elephants in Thailand. 

  • Elephant Nature Park  
Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation located near Chiang Mai, where you can volunteer and visit to help. It provides a natural environment for elephants, buffaloes and many other animals. Many travelers have been volunteers there. It is the most notable park in Thailand and they are often booked months in advance. It takes in disabled, blind and orphaned elephants and helps other elephant owners in Southeast Asia implement more ethical treatment of the elephants. It provides several week-long volunteer opportunities experiences where you will take part it hands-on conservation work. You will prepare food, feed, watch the elephants bathe in the river and even scoop elephant poo. You will walk the elephants with the mahouts in the natural area. You will also learn about the difficult position of elephants in Thailand or participate in cultural activities. Vets and qualified animal medical specialists are invited to provide their highly skilled aid.

  • Elephant World  
Elephant World

It is a self-supporting Environmental Conservation Organization, situated outside the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. It takes care of the daily needs of about 30 elephants and offer Eco-travelers the experience an up-close and personal encounter with these majestic creatures. Their volunteer programs range from a single day visit to the Mahout Experience of a week of more and their slogan is “Where we work for the elephants, not the elephant for us.” Their mission is to provide the best possible for the elephants, staff and visitors and strive to make every moment of the visitors spent with them educational, enjoyable and wish to play a part to conservation program.

  • The Surin Project
The Surin Project

Located in northeast of Thailand, The Surin Project cooperate with the government in the village of Ban Tha Klang to operate Surin Elephant Study Center which is home to a Gwi community. The center has 180 Asian elephants and 200 mahouts. The Surin Project is dedicated to provide sustainable living conditions for 12 elephants a time. Surin also has volunteer programs which encourage volunteers to stay at Surin for anywhere from 1-8 weeks. They will use the income of the volunteer and donations to maintain the lives of the elephants and conserve elephant population. When you volunteer in Surin, you will learn the contradictions between elephant conservation and the tourism development. You will also have chance to walk with mahouts alongside the Thai elephants in the natural surroundings. 

  • Elephant Jungle Sanctuary 
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project located approximately 60km from the city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Founded in July 2014, it is a joint initiative between members of the Karen hill-tribes and Chiang Mai locals who were concerned about the welfare of elephants in Thailand. It has branches in Phuket, Pattaya, Samui. It is a non-profit organization. Their care project aims to do extracurricular activities that either directly benefits the plight of domestic elephants, or, the communities where the elephants are being housed, i.e. schools, women empowerment programs, education program. The sanctuary provides Half day, Full day, Exclusive One Day Walk with Elephants and Overnight Stay options to visit our sanctuary. You will prepare food, feed, bath and even play with the elephants.

Read more: Elephant Tours in Thailand

Top 10 Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai

Have you been to Chiang Mai before? Have you had tour experience on the elephant farms before? Yes, here we will recommend the top 10 elephant farm in Chiang Mai for you, as it will surely be helpful for you if you are interested in having an Elephant Tour to Chiang Mai, what is more, you are strongly recommended to take a visit there.

  1. Patara Elephant Farm
    Patara Elephant Farm is located in Chiang Mai. It is focused on providing medical care and feeding management so that the friendly elephants can reproduce healthy offspring. If tourists choose Patara Elephant Farm, they can choose a special project -“an elephant owner day”. The project let people can learn and experience an elephant owner’s daily activities.
  2. Elephant Rescue Park
    Elephant Rescue Park is not the largest Elephant Park of Chiang Mai, but it is most true. There are not commercial elephants’ shows, and the visitors can’t sit on the elephants’ back. But visitors can walk and take a bath with the elephants.
  3. Baanchang Elephant Park
    The elephant of Baanchang Elephant Park is almost rescued from the village, local station and circus. In the park, visitors can ride the elephants, but the elephants’ back are no saddle because that can reduce their pressure and help them to lose weight. There is no elephant show. After riding elephants, visitors can try to wash the elephants.
  4. Karen’s Tribe Native Elephants
    Karen’s Tribe has 7 elephants. The staffs will teach tourists how to communicate with elephants, how to observe their physical changes, how to better care for these elephants, and let tourists begin to really understand elephants.
  5. Ran-Tong
    In Ran-Tong, elephants can move freely in the jungle. The commentator will be very enthusiastic to talk about the ecology of the elephant. Visitors can play with elephants, cut sugarcane, feed elephants to eat sugarcane, and bathe elephants. What’s more, the park will take photo to the visitors for free.
  6. Elephant Retirement Park
    Elephant Retirement Park’s workers are friendly and generous. Tourists can see that the staffs also love and care for elephants. Tourists can bathe the elephants, feed them, and walk on beautiful paths with them. The park will also provide delicious traditional Thai food for tourists.
  7. Elephant Carer Home
    The team of Elephant Carer Home is very friendly and patient. They will encourage visitors who have never had contact with a large animal to make friends with the elephants. Visitors can learn a lot of knowledge about the elephant, prepare food and feed them. They can also give them a bath in the river, and then finally go swimming with them.
  8. Elephant Jungle Paradise Park
    Elephant Jungle Paradise Park is two hours away from downtown of Chiang Mai. Visitors can accompany the elephants eat sugarcane and corn, bath with elephants in the natural mud, make health balls for the elephant, and play with the elephants under the waterfall.
  9. Maetang Elephant Park
    It Maetang Elephant Park, visitors can ride the elephants across the river, go up the mountain, cross the forest, and finally come back. Then the visitors can watch the wonderful elephant show. The park also provides delicious lunch for the tourists.
  10. Elephant Green Park
    The staffs of Elephant Green Park are professional, helpful and knowledgeable, and they really love and care for elephants. Tourists can learn to feed elephants, and experience a lot of happiness when they try to bath the elephants.
    Reccommend Thailand tours which include elephant volunteers activiites

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Top 10 Thailand Elephant Volunteer Program in Phuket

There are so many themes when you want to have some elephant experiences, such as the elephant riding, elephant trekking, elephant bathing, elephant swimming etc. In addition, you can consider trying to take care of elephant, and that will make your tour much more memorable. Here, let’s share the top 10 Thailand Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket as follows.

1. Elephant Retirement Park Phuket

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Elephant Retirement Park Phuket is sitting in the north of Mae Rim. It is a peaceful place for elder elephants and suitable to get through their senior lives and happiness will be the last remnant of their old lives in Elephant Retirement Park in Phuket. It is forbidden to use elephants for physical work here

2. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

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Elephant Sanctuary is the ethical elephant attraction near Phuket Town. Until the late of January 2017, it had 5 elephants. Although the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary has a small scale, but the staffs in the sanctuary like to do their best to look after the elephants, especially the sick elephant.

3. Surin Project

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Surin Project is started from the cooperation with the Surin Provincial Administrative Organization and there are more than 180 elephants are brought up. It is situated in Baan Tha Klang, the small village of Surin province. Surin Project contributes to improve the living condition of elephants and save elephants from injury.

4. Elephant Rescue Park

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Elephant Rescue Park is located in Chiang Mai of Thailand. There are 4 programs of visiting, serene boutique elephant care, memorable caring experience, amazing full day program and baby elephant care. You can choose what you want of them and enjoy it.

5. Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok National Park is located in the Southern Thailand and situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. It holds the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Elephants have a natural living condition in Khao Sok National Park.

6. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

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The sanctuary is situated on Naithon Beach. The jungle rides here are famous for their original rainforests and streams. The elephant will take you to the waterfall and play the water. There are many beautiful sights, and the landscape is just as in the painting, and the valley is full of independent and unique hills.

7. Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is located in Moo 2, Ban Khao Daeng, Khao Daeng, Kui Buri 77150 in Thailand. This national park is located in Bashu Province. The meaning of this national park’s name is the mountain with 300 peaks. And it is very close to Ban Hua Hin.

8. Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital

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Here you can learn that professors how to care and treat the injured elephants. But there is no close contact with elephants like other places, because the health of these elephants is not very good. The hospital began in 1993. The primary purpose 0f Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital is to operate the world’s first elephant hospital.

9. Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary

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Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary is a not very big place. This is the address: 304 Mu 5, Baan Na Ton Jan Tambon Baan Tuek, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai 64130, Thailand. Although it is a brushfire sanctuary, you may have the ethical elephant experience here.

10. Thai Elephant Home

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Thai Elephant Home was built by Nayok Satien and Joe. It provides a safe caring environment for rescued elephants and save unfortunate elephants ceaselessly. Its address is 102 Moo. 2 Kuedchang, Maetang,Chiang Mai, 50150 Thailand. You can stay long with elephants but you must pay some money for them.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket is a newly opened branch of the famous eco elephant tourism project – Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. The goal of Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is to give as many elephants as possible the health care, natural environment and freedom they should have.

The park’s founder intends to use the elephant eco-tourism as a platform to raise awareness and to educate the public of Thailand and around the world about the plight of Asian elephants and the welfare of Thai elephants. Here, you will see elephants just being themselves. No riding, no hooking, no performance, but a future of coexistence, love and respect. Yes, the elephant camp is a lot even too much in Phuket, but the new sanctuary camp has gradually pointed out a new direction. Wise change!

Programs and Activities at Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

It is available for people to volunteer in the morning or alternatively in the afternoon. Free round-way transfer will pick up and drop off visitors from urban hotel. 

Morning visit:

Pick-up time: 06:30 AM – 07:30 PM from your hotel; Drop-off time: Approx. : 12:30 Hrs.

Afternoon visit:

Pick-up time:  11.30 AM – 12.00 PM from your hotel; Drop-off time: Approx. : 16.30 Hrs.

  • Pick up from your hotel. 1.5 hours driving with spectacular island scenery.
  • Learn about the sanctuary mission and living habits of the elephants.
  • Prepare food
  • Feed the elephants by hands
  • Have a mud bath
  • Shower the elephants and take photos
  • Special souvenir
  • Drop off to your hotel

# Brief introduction

Arrive at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket. Enjoy a welcome snack, sip tea or coffee. First of all, the staff will briefly describe the rehabilitation camps and their eco-program. Unfortunately, for elephants, old-fashioned tourism is still popular in many parts of Thailand.

The sanctuary invites you to change old-fashioned mindset while providing a unique experience. To touch them gently but not release a domesticated elephant to nature or abuse them. 

# Meet the elephants & Feeding the elephants

Feeding elephants.

Feeding elephants.Then, the staff will show the visitors how to prepare food for the elephants. It’s a little messy while interesting process. Once the food is ready, a small herd of elephants will come here to enjoy their feast. Everyone have the choice to tough their giant trunk when they grab the food from your hands.

# Mud spa with the elephants.

Food is consumed much faster than you think, and then you will be invite to walk to a nearby pond. The elephant trot in mud pond and began to enjoy bathing. Visitors can easily jump into the water, but be prepared to be soaked all over. The group later move into a clean pond, where everyone could wash away the mud and start another round (not to mention those memorable photos).

Prices at Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary 

Adults: 5,500 Baht

Children: 7-10 years 3,500 Baht


  • Pick up/drop off at your hotel in Phuket
Kata, Karon, Patong, Kamala,Nai Yang, Bang Tao, Surin BeachFree
Mai KhaoFree
Rawai, Chalong, Cape Panwa, Cape Tukkae, Koh Sire, Laemhin, Rawai, Phromthep Cape, or Nai Harn BeachFree
Airbnb lodging, rental villas,private housesNo pick upvisitors will be responsible for self-arranged  transportation to1. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary office (Patong)OR2. Designated Meeting Area (Naithon)3. Designated Meeting Area (Kathu waterfall)
Rassada Pier, Sea Angel Pier,Ao Po Grand Marina PierNo pick upVisitors will be responsible for self-arranged transportation to1. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary office (Patong)OR2. Designated Meeting Area (Naithon)3. Designated Meeting Area (Kathu waterfall)Drop off to Pier – 500 thb/per person(Must inform a day in advance)
Visitors staying outside of Transfer ZoneVisitors will be responsible for arranging transport either to a designated meeting point in the Nai Thon area(200 thb discount applicable via online bookings only)
Phuket International AirportPlease inform a day before your visit if youneed airport drop off and how much luggage you will havePick up –Self-arranged to the designated meeting point at NaithonDrop-off – to Phuket International Airport+ 300 thb per person+ 500 thb (group of 2-9 passengers)
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Photographer & online photo album (Facebook)
  • One traditional Thai buffet meal
  • Drinking Water
  • Food for feeding the Elephants

Remark & Tips:

Please note that the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Phuket now only arrange a half-day visit. The reason is to leave enough tranquility for the elephants and the visiting group size is limited to ensure their comfort. Full-Day and Overnight volunteer opportunities are available at our Chiang Mai locations.

Where is Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

4018 Tambon Sa Khu, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110 Naithon Beach

What to bring:

  • A copy of your passport to complete our Insurance Agreement.
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or wide brimmed hat to protect from the sun
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Closed toe shoes or trainers for drier weather (you will walk in the forest so flip flops or open toed sandles are not advised)
  • If there has been recent rain, the sanctuary provide wellie boots as it can be muddy so please bring a pair of socks
  • A change of clothes

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Thailand Elephant

Elephants (known as chang in Thai) are an important part of Thailand’s history. They are noted as the country’s national animal, and the Land of Smiles has a blossoming number of wildlife sanctuaries where you can observe the gentle giants in action while learning about their history and welfare.

If you are interested in a personal experience with these amazing giant creatures, consider visiting the following:

The Elephant Nature Park Chiang Mai Experience

Home to more than 35 elephants, most of which have been saved from the tourist and illegal logging industries, the Park offers visitors the opportunity to engage with the animals. Operating daily trips to ENP, visitors can choose to spend the day, night or even more mingling with these creatures in their natural habitat. At ENP, guests can feed the elephants and bathe them, and also learn about the plight of the Asian elephant and what they can do to help.

Elephant jungle sanctuary

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai was among the pioneers of the new ethical elephant attractions which have swept Thailand. Effectively a retirement home for the gentle giants who have worked in the often-unpleasant logging and tourism industries, the sanctuary allows careful interaction between visitors and residents. There are no gimmicks, no circus tricks, and absolutely no riding, as it can harm the surprisingly weak backs of these mighty creatures. The sanctuary is a paragon of responsible tourism, being operated in partnership with the nearby Karen hill-tribes and locals from Chiang Mai. At the time of writing, the sanctuary is home to over 30 elephants, with several spacious locations around 60 km from Chiang Mai for them to range in peace and comfort.

What to pack: Thailand is in general quite hot so we recommend you to wear light and breathable clothes. Bear in mind that to enter the temples you must wear appropriate attire to show respect, that is: cover your arms, and your knees. In some of the temples, flip-flops are not allowed.

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