Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket
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6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, the most ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket, gives curious visitors a unique opportunity to interact with magnificent elephants in the safety and security of their natural home. Our trained English-speaking guides give visitors insight into the behavior and the personal history of our elephants, while our mahouts help people realize incredible life experiences such as bathing elephants in Phuket or feeding them by hand.
Patong, Thailand
Does not meet animal welfare guidelines
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Andr E
London, UK290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is experience is once in life.
An amazing place taken care by a kind staff .
We enjoyed so much and we learned so many things about elepthants.
These creatures are so kind and lovely , always happy waiting the food or to be scratched in the mud bath.
I really recommend this, the sanctuary is aiming to save even more elephants so the donations and the tickets need to be more and more so we can help them.
The thai lunch buffet was very tasty and we could enjoy local food cooked by the locals.
Written February 10, 2020
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Haydi F
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
My partner and I plus two teenagers did the half day bathing with the elephants activity. We were picked up and dropped off to our hotel. Minty, the host and guide, did a brilliant job to introduce her team plus outline what is planned for the day and educate us about the elephants in a fun and humourous way.
The experience of getting right up close with these elephants, feeding them, putting mud on them, scrubbing and bathing with them was a once in a life time experience that I'll never forget. Mr Nod, the photographer, did an amazing job of pulling together videos of the day plus taking 100's of photos to ensure everyone got more than one photo with the elephants. All the videos and photos are included in the price, which is amazing as other activity companies may charge extra for these.
The Thai lunch provided was very yummy and generous, and all dietary requirements were met. Excellent shower and changing facilities.
Overall, we thought the cost of TB2,900 pp for the half day was well worth it, we loved the experience and I would highly recommend using EJS.
Written December 5, 2022
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Dontshowkeithyateeth
London, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
After visiting another sanctuary in Krabi we didn’t think it could get any better. However here the elephants are very friendly and you can pretty much get as close as you want without any restrictions.

Well worth the money and included transfers to hotel the elephant experience and a lovely Thai lunch!

You get to feed the elephants and despite it being a larger group you always get 1 on 1 time with the elephants as people drop out to sit down or have kids to attend to etc.

A half day is all you need here as you get so much time with the elephants

Would definitely visit here again and recommend to anyone.
Written January 20, 2020
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chefshane88
Manchester, UK12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I'm sorry, I came away disappointed, but please make your own mind up.

Upon arrival, you're greeted by very friendly hosts, you're assigned a table number, then an introduction is made.
Afterwards, you are led to the stables where firstly, you get to feed the Elephants with fruits. Although I participated with this, I felt uncomfortable with the fact that about 40 to 50 people surrounded about 8 Elephants at one time... everyone huddling in to get photo opportunities.
Next, they took away several Elephants, tugging at the ear from time to time, leaving one behind ready for an examination talk, which was surrounded by everyone. At this point onwards, I declined to take part.
They then selected some Elephants for everyone to bathe with them in muddy water. There was lots of shouting, cheering, screaming, water fights, then abruptly chucking water at one Elephant. Sure, it seemed fun for the people, but is it really ethical and appropriate?
I enquired about where they stay at night, and they pointed at a small hilly jungle area, but after peering behind the bamboo fencing, all that was there was a long shed and gravel area? I guess I won't know how true this is? Also, they all had ropes tied around their necks? They claim it's for religious purposes, but again, I'm unsure how I feel about this? And all the Elephants are commanded by the keepers, so I'm curious to know how strict the training process is?
And in the booklet given, it states 'The elephants do what they want, when they want.' - THIS IS NOT TRUE!!!!!

The cooking demonstration and food was delicious, free tea/coffee/filter water is provided, as well as beverages for sale.

If the sanctuary restricted the crowds to a respectable number, then for me, it's a step in the right direction. I'm sure they care for the Elephants, and they're living a better life, away from their past, but I'd rather leave a donation next time.
Written March 4, 2020
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EJSPhuket
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We appreciate any suggestions might have as this is how we improve and do better for the elephants. Number of people Regarding the number of people. We apologise for you feeling uncomfortable. Tourism, especially with the virus spreading has significantly dropped the number of people who have come to visit. And as much as we would love for the number of people to be set at a comfortable maximum, on some days (such as yours), we accommodate a little extra to make up for the days where we have no one. At the end of the day, a majority of the proceeds from ticket sales go back into feeding the elephants as well as the medical costs for our sick elephants. We completely understand your discomfort. But please know that this does not happen all the time. Ropes around the necks The ropes around the necks of some of our elephants are actually prayer ropes. Similar to the ones you get on your wrists when you visit a temple in Thailand. Buddhism makes up majority of the population in Thailand. For our care takers and owners who are Buddhist, they believe that a formal blessing is extremely necessary to ward of previous bad luck in the lives of the elephants. Mudding and Swimming This is not the type of behaviour we condone and we will be talking to members of the staff about this. Training process There is no 'training' process. Upon rescue, our elephants a quarantined for a month. This prevents a cross contamination of diseases (in case they have any) and mentally calms them. During quarantine (the first month of rescue) our elephants are put separate from other elephants, this is the time they bond with the new mahouts and a routine is set. Where the elephants sleep The long shed and gravel area that you mention of is actually where some of our mahouts’ families live. Our elephants do sleep close the the jungle area. It may look to you, but the green goes on for miles and it’s ample for our rescues. We hope we answered your queries.
Written March 8, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Steve H
London, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We come to Thailand with this place too of the list and dam it didn't disappoint at all. The stuff are amazing and tell you all about the poor life some of these elephants have had being chained up and people riding them DONT.
From the min you arrive to the min you leave you'll have 1 great big smile on your faces.
Written February 12, 2020
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EJSPhuket
Hello Steve, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very happy to hear you left with a smile on your face. We hope that smile stays for the rest of your trip. Your support is greatly appreciated by all here. Thank you EJS
Written February 12, 2020
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David L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
We took the feed and shower package with our 18 month old toddler and it was so much fun feeding the elephants and showering them (no mud just rain shower). Bring extra change as you will get wet. It's about 1.5 hours but it's worth it as the guide tells us loads about the elephants and how they have created a sanctuary for them. Place is very well looked after and even toilets are clean. The way they look after the animals are commendable. Only thing is the ticket price is a bit steep at 2k baht per person but if you can afford it, go support them. Extra 300 per person for transport to Patong area.
Written November 10, 2022
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brend.koh
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Our Stay in the Elephant Camp in Thailand was an educational , enriching , mind boggaling and life changing experience . These gentle giants are so human friendly that they almost instainly melt away our anxiety of coming so up close and personal , endearing them to our hearts almost immediately . We felt safe and secured riding on their backs , saw how they bonded with their manhouts and
how they were taken care of .
We Love The ElePhaNos so much that
we became regular donors to the Wild
Life Foundation for Elephants , beginning
with a humble amount of USD 300 a year .
Everyone on holiday in Thailand should Not Miss a trip to or better still , a stay in the elephant camp like we did 🤗
Written February 21, 2020
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donna h
Lincoln, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
If you want to visit an elephant sanctuary In Phuket, I highly recommend this one. Our guide was Skye throughly attentive answering questions keeping us hydrated and never stopped taking photos. We did the full day tour and for me, it really was the most amazing day. We fed, walked through the jungle, prepared healthy nutrition and re fed gave a mud bath, a brush down, and showered these beautiful rescued majestic animals. I considered luck being on my side as there were only 2 couples but the maximum number on a full day tour is 15. In-between stopping for lunch at 11, which wasn't scrimped on at all, in fact more went to waste than ate due to the amount there was, this happened again at 3ish. We were taken for an ice coffee and given time to buy souvenirs. We also made special elephant poo paper !! Not ad gross as it sounds haha ! As an elephant lover I was blessed to see these that has been rescued from circus, riding and logging camps being taken care of so lovingly. Due to thier past they are used to interaction and wouldn't survive in the wild so visitors being able to go helps towards to cost of feeding and care. And boy they eat alot !!!
Phenomenal-Best day of my life !!!!
Written February 6, 2023
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Joshua Y
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We went to the sanctuary with our 3 girls, ages 4, 7, and 16. The loved it all. First we fed three of the elephants breakfast, then we got to watch the elephants take mud baths and then we got to scrub them off and give them showers. Each one of the elephants had their own handler and trainer, and they were amazing. While it was kind of scary having a 2 ton animal next to our 4 year old, they never felt that anything was unsafe. My wife is usually extremely cautious and very risk averse. It was a wonderful experience that our girls will not soon forget.
Written February 27, 2021
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JG
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I would like to thank the Sanctuary for being an example in ecological attitude towards the elephant!! We had such a great tour! Purpose of it was to see & challenge what was-is written about it and it seems indeed very ok. People do what is possible to give our big friends a natural environment and life. It is time that we (humans) protect them even more in the future. The enthusiasm seen with the cooperators is magic and we hope it stays that way. On itself, the experience to try to "connect" with an elephant is simply MAGICAL and we recommend this to everyone. We wish this organisation (and all like them) ALL the luck to continue and stay the embassedor for others in future. In addition, we admire Teddy for his enthousiasm and support in the tour!! Please give a BIG HUG to Saithong from us!!?
Written July 28, 2022
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