Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

Activity provider: My Phuket

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

Activity provider: My Phuket
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From US$ 162.65 per person

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This half-day package offers you an opportunity to spend quality time with elephants at an ethically-run elephant jungle sanctuary. Gain insight into the history and behavior of elephants and create lifelong memories of your time with the elephants.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Thai, English
Pickup included
Private transfer pickup 07.00am and 12.30 hrs.


  • Spend an enjoyable half-day with elephants
  • Assist with the preparation of natural dietary supplements for the elephants
  • Have fun in a mud spa with the elephants
  • Take a dip in the water and swim with elephants
  • Enjoy a traditional Thai food lunch with freshly cooked Pad Thai and seasonal fruits
Full description

On the morning of your visit, you will be picked up from your accommodation and will drive for approximately 40 minutes through scenic agricultural areas before arriving at the sanctuary. There, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants.

After being allocated bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants, you will walk with your guide through the sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. 

You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their stories, lifestyle, and behaviors. Most of the elephants are rescued show or riding elephants, but they are now safe and well cared for at this no-riding sanctuary.

After you have met all the elephants, you will watch them enjoy their mud spa and also be able to join them. The elephants apply mud on their skin as a healthy sunscreen and mud treatment. 

Next, you will walk with the elephants, shower them, and join them in the water for a refreshing cool-off. Brush the elephants while they frolic and play in the water.

Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. 

Finally, you will be able to enjoy some freshly cooked Pad Thai, delicious snacks, and seasonal fresh fruit. Then enjoy the impressive rural scenery as you drive back to the hotel.

  • Hotel transfers from Koh Samui Hotels
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Two traditional Thai buffet meals
  • Water
  • Food for feeding the elephants
  • 1 Save the World canvas bag
  • Hotel transfers outside designated locations
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, change of clothes, cap or a wide-brimmed hat to protect from the sun
  • Closed-toe shoes or trainers for drier weather are recommended
  • Large golf-sized umbrellas are provided to use for sun protection as well as the rain
  • In case of rain, rain boots will be provided as it can be muddy, so please bring a pair of socks
  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting sweaty or muddy
  • Your exact pickup time will be sent to you via email
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 189 reviews

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Really great afternoon with these wonderful creatures. The sanctuary seems to be doing a great job. Heard the back stories - which were heartbreaking. Currently have 4 elephants, but now have enough land to take 2 more from the elephant hospital. Handlers obviously very fond of the animals. Great buffet as well. Lots of food. Pick up and drop off worked well. Transport arrived when they said it would. Take swim wear and a towel if you intend going in the mud bath with them. There are showers there to get the worst off. You are not throwing buckets of mud at this sanctuary, just rubbing mud into their skin. No riding either.

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March 28, 2023

It exceeded my expectations, we interacted with the elephants, feeding and washing them. The staff were amazing, knowledgeable, friendly and clearly cared about the elephants and their continued well being. There was no hard sell at all and the photos were available free of charge.

March 28, 2023

This experience was amazing to get so close to these beautiful animals and knowing they are happy and not being used to ride for touristic money making . An unforgettable day and hopefully these rescue centres will put stop to the horrific elephant trecking .

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 243917