Thailand is known for its elephant sanctuaries, where visitors may interact and get up close with elephants. In these parks and sanctuaries, you may be able to feed or bathe them– a must if you’re an elephant lover! If you’re curious and interested in this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we’ve listed down some of the ethical elephant sanctuaries and Thailand that you must visit.
Mae Wang Elephant Po Ngurn Sanctuary
Meet cute dumbos and spend a day with them at Mae Wang Elephant Po Ngurn Sanctuary in Chiang Mai! In this sanctuary, you can play with elephants by the river, bathe them, and feed them, too. Their joined tour includes a guided tour service, elephant food, and clothes for changing. Aside from the elephant experience, you’ll also enjoy the picturesque nature views!
Location: Mae Win, Mae Wang District, Chiang Mai 50360, Thailand
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai
When looking for elephant experiences, it’s important that you pick a sanctuary that truly applies ethical standards–Chiang Mai’s Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is one of them. Here, you can feed, shower, and take photos with rescued elephants that are well taken care of. You’ll also learn about these friendly giants with the help of the members of Karen hill tribes and get to know their culture too!
Location: Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Samui Island Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Don’t have enough time but still want to meet the elephants of Thailand? Samui Island Elephant Jungle lets you feed and meet gentle giants in their one-hour session. You can feed and pat them, and learn about their routines. It’s a short but sweet meet-and-greet that’ll surely be a memorable experience for you!
Location: 141/53 Moo2, T. Maenam, A. Koh-Samui, Surat Thani 84330
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
This sanctuary is recognized as Phuket’s first and most ethical elephant sanctuary. In this sanctuary, elephants can freely roam around and bathe in their 30-acre lush land. What you’ll meet here are rescued, sick, injured, and old elephants who have been tired from working in the logging and tourism industry. Each of the elephants has inspiring stories that’ll melt your heart. Visit this sanctuary and leave inspired!
Location: 100, Moo 2, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand
Elephant Nature Park
Another rescue and rehabilitation center that you can visit is Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand. Visitors are encouraged to volunteer and visit to help. There are single and overnight visits that you can choose from, where you can feed, bathe, walk, or swim with them!
Location: Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Known to have Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camps, Elephant Hills lets you explore the tropical lands of Thailand with a touch of African national parks’ style. It’s great for family tours, as it offers two to four soft adventure tours in Khao Sok national park. Their elephant encounters are ethical too, as they don’t let visitors ride the animals. You can meet them up close and watch them freely enjoy their life in this beautiful park!
Location: Tambon Khlong Sok, Amphoe Phanom, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84250, Thailand
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