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“Gorgeous elephants!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Siam Safari
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Owner description: Book directly via Siam Safari's website for best rates and promotions. Siam Safari operates nature tours in Phuket with over 25 years experience and is the only Royal Thai Government Certified Elephant Camp in Southern Thailand, which guarantees that our elephants are well taken care of. In the interests of guests' safety, we only use female elephants on our elephant trekking tours.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Gorgeous elephants!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

As a person who loves elephants, riding one was at the top of my list of things to do in Thailand.

We booked a trip to Siam Safari through our hotel and were picked up promptly by a driver at 11am and were shuttled to the park in an open sided jeep that made us feel like we were in an African safari instead of driving down the main street in Rawai. It wasn't until about 12pm before we actually got to see any elephants though due to us having to wait for other visitors to arrive for the tour. This was a little frustrating however we were kept informed by our guide Joy.

Our first experience with the elephants was little show performed by two of the younger ones. There was no time at all that the elephants were mistreated or 'beaten'. Afterwards we were able to interact and feed them as well as get some photographs.

We were then taken up the visitor’s centre where we waited for the elephants to pick us up. The trainer was friendly and made us feel at ease. The trek itself through the forest was fantastic. We were able to view the Big Buddha on the next mountain as well as Chalong Bay. The trainer also got off and took a few photos of us alone on the elephant. The rest of the trek was relaxing and the ride was pleasant - at no time did I feel uncomfortable or worried that the elephant will go crazy and stampede.

I am a firm believer in animal rights however I don't think that this place causes any need for concern. I have heard that the elephants kept at Siam Safari were obtained from a logging company who used to chain them up, so I think having people ride and then feed them a couple of times a day is a lot better. The animals hardly look distressed and the trainers seem patient and gentle with them. I am unsure what other elephants trekking companies are like but I would recommend this one to anybody, especially those concerned with animal welfare.

Visited December 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“jam packed half day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Recommended to us by destination Asia travel agent. We wanted to experience elephants in Thailand without the feeling of contributing towards their abuse or neglect. Siam Safari does not overload their elephants and keeps them well fed and looked after - it certainly beats teh logging duties they had to perform prior to a 1989 ban.

The half day includes a brief elephant treek, curry tasting, coconut demonstration, lunch on board a boat and a rice plowing demonstration with traditional Thai tea or coffee. There were numerous added touches which made they day seem like it was great value.

definitely worth your time while in Phuket.

Visited January 2013
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“Humane elephant experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

With the blatent disregard for animals in general in phuket, it was nice to participate in an experience with the elephants that was respectful. The proceeds collected are actually invested back into the park which explains why most tour operators in phuket dont actually support or advertise this tour.

I loved the elephant ride, the trekking through the rainforest and loved feeding them. Their keepers actually thanked us for the baskets of fruit we fed them. It was really a wonderful experience, made better by knowing I wasn't getting my jollies by exploiting this magnificent animal. Go directly to website to book as this isn't supported by tour operators

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“Siam Safari is a must do for everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

For adults and children of all ages, this is a lovely excursion. Informative guides, a variety of experiences, a splendid elephant ride which was preceded by a water buffalo trip makes this tour excellent value for money. Also, only the dimmest of tourists would fail to learn something about the Thai economy and agricultural way of life such as rice harvesting, Thai cooking and the use of coconut during this tour. Overall the wonderful elephants are a knockout and Siam Safari should be congratulated for their sensitive understanding and use of these magnificent animals.

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“Natural environment and good guides.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

The overall trip included talks on local traditions of rubber sap gathering and coconut use and demonstrations.
The trek on the Elephant was awesome

Visited December 2012
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