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A Morning with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
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A Morning with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

By Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
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Ages 0-120, max of 85 per group
Duration: 3h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • A delicious Thai vegetarian lunch buffet with over 15 choices.
  • Welcome Snacks, Coffee, Fruits, Juices & Filtered Water
  • Boots, Socks, Umbrellas, Rain Coats, Mosquito Spray
  • We provide bottled water but appreciate if you bring a refill bottle.
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Phuket
What's not included
  • Roundtrip Transfers - If option is not selected


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, 100, Moo 2,, Paklok, Thalang, ภูเก็ต 83110, Thailand
    Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, 100, Moo 2, Paklok, Phuket, Thailand. If you selected Program Only (No Transfer), please meet us at our office in Paklok. Parking is available.
Pickup details
  • This program includes shared roundtrip transfers from anywhere in the Phuket Province. Pick-up and drop-off location must be identical. Exact pick-up time will be advised via email. Private transfers are also available. Please contact us to inquiry about the costs for your specific location.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Phuket Intl Airport, Mai Khao, Phuket 83110 Thailand
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Patong Port
    • Ao Makarm Port
    • Ao Por Pier
    • Rassada Pier
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 171127P4

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 85 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 171127P4

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      • 1
        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 Lounge, 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, the elephants are fed. 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 follow 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. The program ends with a delicious Thai vegetarian meal.
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      • Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
        2,575
        Phuket, Thailand
        Joined in February 2017
      • Arjan G
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pukhet Elephant Sanctuary - PES, a great visit highly recommended!
        In the Elephant Sanctuary they rescue old hurt elephants from camps, captivity or other places of misuse/abuse of these amazing animals. Here you feel you are helping the animals while watching them in their natural habitat. Next to that the sanctuary employs many local people and it is setup really professionally.
        Written June 13, 2024
      • debbie502015
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Experiencing these amazing creatures in their own environment and not caged or trainex
        Amazing place that rescues Elephants and treats them properly. So good to walk around and see the elephants relaxed and doingvwhatvtgey do best.
        Written June 8, 2024
      • 220ianc
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Afternoon at Phuket elephant sanctuary
        Great experience in the sanctuary. The tour started with a video of the mission for the sanctuary and then we were able to go for a walk around the grounds to see the elephants a little closer and learn about each of them. It was a highlight of our trip. The sanctuary claims to be the only ethical elephant tourism spot on Phuket and it seemed to be the case. The elephants are allowed to roam around, eat and act naturally. It's really wholesome. Take trainers if you don't want to wear old socks and wellies.
        Written June 7, 2024
      • dormanh393
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience to see the Elephants up close.
        We hired a car for the day and this was our first stop. We did the canopy tour. There was a short info session and we then fed the Elephants’s which was amazing. We then walked on the canopy with our guide who was very informative. We stopped and she told us about all the Elephants and their individual stories. We then went down into to get closer to tue Elephants on ground level and had photos taken with them all. Very good to see these poor creatures being taken care of. A couple of days later we saw some in camps where they had riding saddles on their back feet tied, thia must be so restricting for them. Very sad to see. We both highly recommend choosing not to ride these majestic animals and visit the Phuket Elephant sanctuary instead.
        Written June 6, 2024
      • 6meighanm
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Experience at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
        I had a great time spending the day at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. I booked the full day tour, and in the morning was paired with a group on half day tour. After a great lunch, the afternoon was a bit slower, so I was by myself with some of the guides and volunteers, and got a much more personal experience. I learned so much and was just absolutely in awe of seeing the elephants up close. Transportation was easy to and from the hotel. Kati was fantastic and an excellent host.
        Written June 1, 2024
      • Meander19409312979
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Only elephant place to go to forget the others
        The only place that seems to have the elephants needs before tourist's wants. It's very well done and they want to protect the elephant from being exploited. Yes we did get to feed the "big machine" elephant on her terms and touch hef trunk but we were there to see them not touch them They deserve a piece full retired life and i know Was happy to support that highly recommend a visit. Staff and food were great
        Written June 1, 2024
      • B527TEhannahf
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket❤️
        We spent a long time researching all of the elephant sanctuary’s in Phuket and decided to visit Phuket Elephant Sanctuary as it seemed to be completely ethical, with the elephants welfare being the number one priority. The sanctuary was incredible, being able to see the elephants in the wild was truly beautiful. All of the elephants are so well cared for, nobody is allowed to get too close to the elephants, you can just walk around the habitat. Hearing each elephant’s story was emotional yet heartwarming at the same time, to see that they now have a great quality of life. I hope that the sanctuary raises enough funds to soon build the elephant hospital that they need. For anyone apprehensive about visiting a sanctuary, I cannot recommend this one enough, you can really see how well looked after they all are, completely safe from harm. There is no touching, bathing etc. which is so important to check when doing your research! Incredible experience, one that we will never forget.
        Written May 30, 2024
      • TravelbugMEC
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Enchanting and ethical experience - don’t hesitate to book with PES
        Visiting the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary (PES) is an absolute MUST DO while in Phuket (don’t get it mixed up with other elephant sanctuaries with similar names - this is the only one in Phuket that truly treats the elephants ethically - NO riding, NO showers or giving them mud baths). It is a 30 acre safe haven for elephants who have been saved from abuse and mistreatment. You are captivated by their majestic beauty as they roam and play from a safe distance on the cool canopy walkway and on the ground but never touching them except to feed them. A truly amazing experience that we would do again in a heartbeat. Our guide, Yaya, was excellent - passionately educating us and telling about each elephant’s quirks and unique personality traits. The experience was very well organized. You could tell the elephants are like family and treated with dignity. Don’t hesitate to book with PES. The more they are supported by tourists, the more elephants they are able to save. I researched high and low and am so thankful I found them!
        Written May 28, 2024
      • matthewwX3615ZL
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience, must do.
        From start to finish the while experience was amazing. The care and compassion that the sanctuary shows the elephants is moving. Arrived via car at the meeting point, checked in and transported a short 10 min drive via trucks into the sanctuary. We were greeted with complimentary snacks and drinks while we watched a 15 minute video highlighting the cruelty towards elephants in some parts of Thailand and the sanctuaries story and future plans to home these elephants so they can live a happy natural life. We were allocated out tour guide and provided umbrellas, ponchos, socks and Wellington boots due to the muddy terrain within the sanctuary. We were guided towards the elephants who were eating in the forest, being watched on a 1:1 ratio, where we were able to watch the elephants, hear their stories and informed about elephant anatomy and behaviours. You could really tell the staff and volunteers cared for the elephants. Throughout the experience there were many photo opportunities as the elephants are playful with the other elephants, where it was explained they have best friends and hang out with each other to the point where their built bedrooms are put next to each other. Towards the end of the experience we were give a fruit basket to feed the elephants. After this we were taken back to the beginning area where food had been prepared, such as pas thai, rice and curries which were all delicious. Once we were ready the drivers drove us back to the pickup point. This experience was absolutely amazing and far exceeded any expectations that I had. I would recommend this to anyone and encourage to donate to such an amazing cause.
        Written May 25, 2024
      • 722warrens
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful experience with Elephants
        Great afternoon with elephants. Guide was very knowledgeable. Great way to support the ethical treatment of elephants. Please go here (or another ethical sanctuary) and avoid places that abuse animals
        Written May 16, 2024
      • fishernz
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This is the only Elephant Experience that you should do in Phuket
        The sanctuary really opened all of our eyes. They bring in Elephants that need care and recuperation. This isn't where you ride or swim with the elephants. Here they are cared for after being rescued from earlier 'domestication' and abuse. After an introductory video that shows how many domesticated/tourist elephants are poorly treated and how this sanctuary was created to care for them, you get to feed an elephant, then walk amongst them as they roam freely in the wilds of the sanctuary. A guide carefully walks you around, talking about the history of each. Then the high walkway gives you an overview of the park before a lovely lunch. We found ourselves very well informed and our eyes are so much more open. Recommended.
        Written May 15, 2024
      • Elseealbis
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful opportunity
        It was wonderful to see elephants in their natural environment living a life they were meant to have. Thank PES for showing the humanity that can occur towards these gentle giants.
        Written May 11, 2024
      • Resort625882
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The best in the island
        This sanctuary embodies the ethical way on how to rehabilitate elephants and then natural habitat, and also learning as to why it is dangerous to have these animals working and abused in the entertainment industry. I had an up close encounter with the elephants and it was a great time ! We are habitat.
        Written May 10, 2024
      • 186rjd
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        PERFECT AND MOST ETHICAL EXPERIENCE TO SEE ELEPHANTS
        It was such an awesome experience, even if it was a short time, it was just right :) Our guide was so informative and always kept asking if we want photos. We also got freebies and snacks. A highlight for my solo trip. Thank youuu! 💚
        Written May 7, 2024
      • 778ruxandraj
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        Amazing experience! Amazing people! Amazing elephants!
        It really is the only ethical elephant sanctuary in Thailand, where you don't get to ride or bath with the elephants, but you get very close to them, in their natural habitat and you also get to feed them. All the elephants were rescued from other ,,sanctuaries" or circus and you can see how many scars they got. They are taking very good care of elephants and they make everything for the people to have a good time with them. They made a big step in helping the animals and it's up to us to continue, by not incouraging animal riding, circus and not even bathing just for fun. Big thanks to elephant sanctuary!
        Written May 7, 2024
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      Monica N
      2 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      We went while it's still sorta Covid time for our anniversary. We enjoyed a peaceful sanctuary environment for ourselves with few people. Our group was only about 8 people, which is less than their normal size of 15. So, we didn't feel crowded. There were other small groups there as well but still a lot of open space in the restaurant and grounds.
      Very professional in how everything is carried out for the guests. Very clean vans for transport, clean facilities and roomy bathroom if you need your kids in there with you. Also have lockers for your shoes, purse, etc, as they provide boots, socks, umbrellas (was a rainy day for us, which helped reduce the heat). Wonderful cold refeshing towel provided on return from walk. That was a great surprise!

      The guide was great at answering questions and sharing info on his own. English was understandable. We weren't rushed along either. Took pics of us with elephant along walk.
      The snacks before the walk were sufficient... would have liked some healthier packaged items, though they did prepare good fresh fruit and variety of beverages. The dinner buffet was good.

      The walk itself doesn't cover that large of an area, but you do go up on the canopy for a little bit which is nice. Path isn't as "jungley" as we thought. But jungle all around for sure.

      The answers to the 1 star reviews are very insightful and show how much the sanctuary is concerned about their integrity and the care of the elephants.
      Though it may seem pricey, I think that is what helps to maintain a very pleasant environment for the elephants, guests and staff.
      Written May 13, 2022
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      Clare f
      4 contributions
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      Mar 2020 • Couples
      Would highly recommend this provider over any other. In terms of direct physical contact with elephants, you have more than enough time to pay and feed the elephants. You are then able to walk around the nature reserve to get up close to elephants. Just by seeing them you can see they are relaxed and not scared/stressed.
      By way of comparison, I drove past some other non-humane elephant camps around Phuket and it was very upsetting to see how they were being treated. The elephants at the other camps looked visibly distressed!!
      Please make the right choice and endorse an elephant experience that is the best for the elephants. There are less than 10,000 elephants in the world now so we need to take care of them.
      An added bonus of this tour is unlimited chilled water, excellent toilet facilities, cold face washers after the tour and a very generous delicious vegetarian lunch. Well worth the money.
      Written March 1, 2020
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      Dear Clarebf48, Thanks a lot for this detailed and encouraging feedback with regards to your visit earlier this year. We are delighted you enjoyed our program including the many amenities we provide. We pride ourselves on a very high elephant welfare standard, and we are glad you recognised how happy our elephants at the sanctuary are. Thank you once again, and best wishes from everyone here at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.
      Written July 24, 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Bethany R
      4 contributions
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      Aug 2022 • Solo
      After having driven around Phuket and catching glimpses of the conditions that some elephant tourist attractions keep their animals in, it was important to me that I found somewhere that treats its elephants better. I wasn't disappointed when I got to PES!
      I booked the hotel pickup option and had a private driver come pick me up from my hotel. After a short wait at their office, they transfer you in jeeps to the sanctuary. When you first arrive, they have a lovely complimentary snacks and drinks buffet for you to relax while people gear up for the walk. The hygiene and selection were both great. I also found all the workers to be very friendly. It was raining the whole time I was there, but they provide rain coats, boots, and socks, and umbrellas, so I didn't find it to be a problem; I actually kind of enjoyed wading through the streams! I would, however, recommend you bring a spare pair of trousers if its raining! The elephants look well taken care of, and we always maintained a reasonable distance from them. When I visited they had 10 elephants, but they have the capacity to rescue up to 25 in the future. Our tour guide (Hannah) was awesome and very well informed, always ready to answer our questions. The stories she shared about some of the elephants' backgrounds were heartbreaking. Our last stop was feeding the elephants, which was great fun, and they provided everyone with multiple fruit baskets each to feed them as much as you like! After this, you get a lovely buffet meal, which didn't have a huge selection, but everything I tried tasted amazing. Would definitely recommend the experience to any and all Phuket travelers out there! It certainly felt like a much more ethical approach to elephant tourism. Will be returning again if I have the opportunity! 5*
      Written August 1, 2022
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      AndyandEm
      Rushton Spencer, UK18 contributions
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      We did a half day visit as a family (daughters are 8 and 10) and we all absolutely loved it. The girls were fascinated by the elephants and the information shared by our guide - it was heart warming to see how the elephants are cared for and how the sanctuary seeks to make their lives happier.

      We couldn’t recommend this visit highly enough and hope that in future all animal tourism is to such ethically high standards.
      Written October 28, 2022
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      Colin F
      Dubai, United Arab Emirates9 contributions
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      Amazing experience and very well organised. If you visit Phuket and you get the opportunity, I highly recommend that you visit this place. You will not regret it and you’ll never visit those shows /circuses with performing elephants again. Even the so called ‘elephant friendly’ trekking tours are not ethical.
      These people have found a perfect way to combine tourism with giving old or injured elephants a compassionate retirement in a natural environment. With a capacity for maximum 25 elephants in a 30 acre, jungle area. At the time of our visit they have just thirteen, but the entrance fee goes towards their funds for buying and rescuing more from torture or death if they cannot work any longer. They only permit a maximum of 85 visiting tourists per day. So it is really unrushed and close to nature.
      Transfer to and from hotel to the venue was very professional. They even provided a delicious Thai vegetarian lunch.
      Please support it if you can.
      Written August 4, 2023
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      Stephanie
      9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022 • Friends
      Before heading to Phuket we made sure to research for ethical sanctuaries and this was the clear winner. The elephants are all rescued and are free to go about their day without being forced to interact with us. Some of the elephants were fairly curious and approached our group as we walked through the sanctuary to observe the elephants. Aside from the elephants, the entire sanctuary team had amazing hospitality and our guide was super interactive with the group and very knowledgeable. The facilities are also very modern and well cared for. The sanctuary is located quite far from the main tourist resort areas but I highly recommend you take advantage of the sanctuary’s pickup/drop off service (very reasonably priced) and visit.
      Written December 14, 2022
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      JenLyn
      San Diego, CA292 contributions
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      I cannot express enough how happy I was to see a real ethical sanctuary treating animals with dignity! Phuket Elephant Sanctuary does this completely. All the elephants are rescued from their past lives as circus acts, loggers, or in the tourism industry. You will learn about their pasta and story behind each beautiful elephant and how they came to the sanctuary.

      A video is shown at the beginning to explain how PES came about and the details. The only time you touch an elephant is to feed them. That is all that's needed. I'm so happy they aren't ridden or bathed by tourists. These elephants looked so happy and content being here to retire.
      Written March 7, 2020
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      Dear LoveLifeTravel2011, We would like to thank you for your visit earlier this year, and for continuing your support to our project by sharing your experience with other travellers. It is a pleasure to read how much you appreciated our ethical approach to elephant tourism, and that you enjoyed the experience of simply observing the elephants in their natural habitat while learning about their stories. Thanks to your support we have been able to welcome 2 more elephants in May this year. Their names are Dee Lerd (60 years) and Sri Nual (43 years), and we hope to introduce them to you during a future visit. Once again, our heartfelt thanks, and best wishes from all of us here at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.
      Written July 23, 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Nicole Rauf
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had a fantastic experience at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary! While always being a bit sceptical of the seriousness of claimed sancuaries, our visit here proved to us that the elephants are in a really good and safe place. The guides were knowledgable, the group size kept small and the distance and respect towards the elephant always kept. We really enjoyed our walk with the elephants through the lovely sanctuary area. Would definitely recommend coming here if you want to support a good cause and helping a place which is determined to provide a peaceful home for these gorgeous animals!

      Everything was also very well organised, from the pick up at the hotel with a bus with massage chairs, providing of socks and boots, a little breakfast buffet with fruits, snacks, coffee and water, a refreshing cold towel after the walk and a delicious vegeterian buffet lunch. We were very well taken care of!
      Written February 23, 2022
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      Monica S
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our visit to PES was the highlight of our stay in Thailand so far! Everything is very well organized, from the delicious breakfast/lunch, water bottles and other details which were very much appreciated. Having the chance to see the elephants roam around freely and being taken care of so well, was wonderful. No touching, no bathing, no interference with the animals, just observing, which is how it should be everywhere. Definitely recommend the experience and we’d love to come back one day, for a longer time!
      Written February 6, 2020
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      Dear monicasF8721TN, It is great to hear how much you enjoyed the experience of observing elephants in their natural habitat, and that you also enjoyed all amenities provided during the tour. Thank you for your support to our project and best wishes from all of us here at PES.
      Written March 3, 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Jack S
      London, UK6 contributions
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      An amazing experience! Got to feed an elephant and then walk around their site visiting different elephants. Really respectful grounds concentrating on the wellbeing of older elephants that have been taken out of logging camps & bad tourist attractions. We loved being there and fully recommend as your cost for coming helps out greatly and will enable them to care and save more elephants
      Written December 4, 2022
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