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Samui Elephant Sanctuary

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You must go here, it’s a great half day out. The staff are great, and it is a way of life for them... read more

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An ethical way to get close to elephants

The elephants here are all "retired" working elephants from the former logging industry. During... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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We are very proud to bring the first elephant sanctuary to Koh Samui in Southern Thailand. Set on forest land, we offer a retirement home for elephants who have worked exhausting hours in the logging and tourism industries. Feed, walk with, and...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
2/8 Moo 6, Bophut 84329, Thailand
+66 95 269 8343
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Reviewed today via mobile

You must go here, it’s a great half day out. The staff are great, and it is a way of life for them all, it’s expensive, but as you will find out, it’s worth every penny. You will learn so much about these animals, so...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ScottKnighton
Reviewed 6 days ago

The elephants here are all "retired" working elephants from the former logging industry. During your visit you get to spend time with each of the 4 elephants and hand feed them bananas and cucumber, which they wolf down like peanuts. It rained the day of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank gailb384
Reviewed 6 days ago

Interactive, enjoyable, learning-filled visit to the sanctuary. Guides were knowledgeable, thoughtful and engaging. Great to see how the elephants are cared for! Lunch was delicious.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Cruiser66159534399
Reviewed 6 days ago

I recommend anyone visit this place, they are small but with plans to expand and obtain more land in order to help more elephants. They give you a good education about elephants and the individual personalities of the 6 they currently have. The staff explain...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Doods101
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an authentic sanctuary where you can see the handlers and owners have set up the haven for the animals rather than for the people. The animals are calm and curious and you can really engage in an appropriate and educational manner. My kids...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Laura T
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing and feeding the elephants. This cost 3000 baht each, which is about £80 per person. Elephants are well looked after and the guides are great!

Date of experience: September 2019
3  Thank Zoey O
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sanctuary is a superb place to visit elephants while maintaining ethical tourism. Saddles off and enjoy a better connection with these lovely pachyderms. learn their life stories walks to freedom and escape from tourist camps.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Yvonne R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our visit to the elephant sanctuary. Literally didn't stop smiling from start to finish. The trip is well organised and the staff are just lovely. 1000% recommend!

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank KimmyAB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We choose to do the morning tour and we was not disappointed! Our tour guide JACK is amazing. He has great knowledge. It's clear to see he loves taking care for the well being of these Elephants and love teaching his group all about each...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank kirstyb314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the sanctuary. You can really tell how much the staff cares about the elephants and their well-being. We were so moved by the elephants' personal stories. You will become an elephant lover if you are not already! A buffet...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank p05dbon
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Response from 23Kelly23 | Reviewed this property |
100000% best thing we did!
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August 19, 2019|
Response from mandyk379 | Reviewed this property |
Its possible to go with children. But if you want to be really sure, you can always send them an e-mail..
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