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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

#45 of 892 Tours in Phuket
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Phuket, Thailand
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About Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. We put the welfare of our elephants first and do not offer bathing, rides, shows, mud bathing, trunk hugging, elephant kisses, sitting on or lying on the elephants, loud noisy groups, or people constantly crowding around the elephants. If you think of an elephant living life in the forest surrounded by the sounds of nature then this is what we offer. Our tours offer Education, Interaction, and Observation. Visitors enjoy an up-close encounter with our beautiful elephants during the feeding program, then we walk with the elephants, stand back and observe as they roam, bathe, play, and socialise naturally, free from human touch. We give our elephants back their lives and their dignity, and in doing so, our guests get to learn about how incredible the largest land mammal on earth truly is. We look forward to welcoming you. Morning and Afternoon visits, reservations required, transportation available.
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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A Morning with the Elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first and only ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket where elephants roam around, bathe and sozialize freely across 30 acres of lush, tropical land bordering the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park in North East Phuket. We buy all rescued elephants to ensure that Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is their final home, and we offer professional veterinary care for old and injured elephants. By visiting us, you are supporting a sustainable, ethical and compassionate approach to elephant tourism where elephants have the freedom to live naturally. National Geographic, Lonely Planet and The Guardian have all endorsed our ethical approach.
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3 hours 30 minutes
from $101.86

A Hands-Off Experience at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Travelers in Thailand have to beware of unethical elephant experiences but this tour will put your mind at ease. This hands-off elephant experience offers a completely non-intrusive glimpse into the lives of rescued elephants at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. You will learn about the Asian Elephants’ plight, observe elephants as they roam around, bathe, and socialize freely, and help prepare nutritious, food for the herd.
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3 hours 30 minutes
from $101.86
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Expert traveller wrote a review Oct 2020
Choeng Thale, Thailand9 contributions
We had a great time visiting and learning about the elephants here. The guide and the staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Amazing lunch too.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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sarahewi wrote a review Oct 2020
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates56 contributions13 helpful votes
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We had a wonderful experience at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary where they rescue elephants who are disabled or unwell. The guides were fabulous and knew each elephant by name, age. We enjoyed a canopy walk watching the elephants in their natural habitat and learnt about each elephant we passed - where they came from, disability, age, likes and dislikes. We enjoyed planting a banana tree and a lovely vegetarian Thai meal after. The elephants are clearly much loved and very well looked after by the team and we enjoyed feeding them a selection of fruits.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Happiness wrote a review Aug 2020
Phuket Town, Thailand52 contributions10 helpful votes
Great place to explore once you here. Visit the Phuket Sanctuary to get up close and personal with elephants, enjoy the moment from the welcome to the CSR activity #1hand1plant #1kon1ton ways to sustainable to us all.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from PhuketPES, Manager at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Dear Happiness826276, Thank you very much for your visit last week, and for supporting our 1 Hand 1 Plant Reforestation effort. We really appreciate it and are glad to know how much you enjoyed the morning at our sanctuary. Stay safe and best wishes from all of us here at PES.
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FlorenceHall wrote a review Aug 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions
Knowledgable staff, helpful team, well run, feel very safe, ethical, very covid-aware, intimate but professional. Happy elephants in beautiful surroundings. We went with our 2-year-olds and they loved it. delicious lunch provided too! 100% a must-do on your visit to Phuket. The real deal. PLEASE don't go to the other elephant parks which encourage unnatural elephant behaviour and too much hands-on activity.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from PhuketPES, Manager at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Dear Florence, Thank you so much for your visit last week. It was a real pleasure to welcome you, and to introduce your little ones to the fascinating world of elephants. We are thrilled to know how much you enjoyed the experience. Thank you very much also for sharing your experience here on TripAdvisor, as well as with your community of people "stuck" in paradise for the time being - some of who we welcomed already last weekend. Thank you very much. Enjoy the rest of your time in Phuket, safe travels back home and best wishes from all of us here at PES.
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michaelac900 wrote a review Aug 2020
Stockholm, Sweden8 contributions3 helpful votes
No riding, only feeding and watching these amazing creatures in their natural habitat without chains. I loved learning the history of the sanctuary and it was highly educating. I will recommend a visit here as its ethical educational and you can truly feel the peace and tranquility the elephants must feel. They are loved and cared for. Thank you we will be back!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from PhuketPES, Manager at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Responded Aug 10, 2020
Dear michaelac900, Thank you very much for being one of our first visitors since our reopening following the temporary closure caused by Covid-19. Your support means a lot to us during this challenging time. We are thrilled that you found the experience to be both educational and inspiring. Stay safe, and best wishes from all of us here at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary.
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