The elephant sanctuary was a wonderful experience. You go on a ride through the river on the elephant (it is a bit hairy actually going down to the river - very steep drop) and the noise the elephants make when they get to the water is fantastic. The elephants only take tourists out in the morning and they rest, back in the jungle, in the afternoon. The animal hospital is there tending to any sick elephant and the vet advises the Mahouts how to take proper care of the elephants. It was a wonderful morning and you are free to touch and feed the elephants at any time.