Samui Elephant Sanctuary

Samui Elephant Sanctuary, Bophut: Address, Phone Number, Samui Elephant Sanctuary Reviews: 5/5

Samui Elephant Sanctuary
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**Winners of Best Animal Welfare from the Tourism Authority of Thailand!** **Recognized by leading animal welfare charity World Animal Protection as a Best Practice Elephant Venue** We are very proud to bring the first elephant sanctuary to Koh Samui in Southern Thailand. Set on forest land, we offer a retirement home for elephants who have worked exhausting hours in the logging and tourism industries. Feed, walk with, and observe our gentle giants as they roam, socialise, bathe and enjoy a peaceful life that they so deserve. Join our morning or afternoon program knowing you are supporting ethical elephant tourism and helping to make a difference.
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Maximilian M
Landshut, Germany96 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
We heard a lot good things about the sanctuary but we had been still very critical because we saw so many „sanctuaries“ in our life’s that we could not believe it that it’s really a sanctuary.

We arrived and got a good explaination about the elephants and also about how to handle them during the next hours!

Then we made food for them - we got a lot of information what they need and how it’s made.
Everything was explained very well!

Then you are allowed to feed them but not to touch them! You should always hold a certain distance! It was all guided and you were able to get in touch with the animals! Great experience!
Written 26 December 2021
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katerinaemalina
United Kingdom64 contributions
Aug. 2021
Super place. This is what responsible tourism is all about. We visited with two young children who adored the place and want to go back. It is quite pricey but the money goes directly to the sanctuary so we didn't mind. For 3 hours you get a pick up/drop off, video, short talk, 2x snacks and drinks, get to make the elephants food, feed them then walk round the sanctuary and see the elephants bathing. No riding. No bathing. There are no fancy things here. No shop so don't come expecting a 'touristy' place. We loved it and what they are doing. Very friendly staff. Hopefully people will start to realise that elephants shouldn't be ridden. Good luck to the sanctuary in the future!
Written 7 August 2021
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Ambassador786646
1 contribution
Jun. 2021 • Couples
We had the most amazing time at the sanctuary feeding and stroking the elephants- they were so cute and gentle. The workers take amazing care of the elephants and they seem very peaceful and happy. Please spend your money here helping to look after elephants properly rather than at horrible tourist spots where they are awfully treated.
Written 9 July 2021
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loulouflo
Strasbourg, France445 contributions
Feb. 2020
Samui's Elephant Sanctuary is really an amazing place with some people who truly love what they are doing. We strongly recommend you to go and visit this place to see some "happy" rescued elephants, and not some elephants who live like slaves.
Written 19 August 2020
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Kell0j
Bangkok, Thailand15 contributions
Jul. 2020 • Family
What a wonderful, emotional, tour, please visit and support them, these elephants have all been rescued from working situations, but due to COVID they are struggling to feed them, every person that visits makes such a difference to them, the staff have dedicated their lives to these animals, giving up their own food to feed these amazing animals. Thank you to the team there for what you do, and remember don’t ever ride elephants people! Xx
Written 10 August 2020
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tbttv
New York City, NY108 contributions
Jun. 2020
I don't usually write TripAdvisor reviews for experiences I've had, but this one is truly worth visiting and I really recommend you do so when on Koh Samui.
During our travels in Thailand, we visited three elephant sanctuaries in three different areas of the country, and this one definitely felt the most ethical and caring for these gentle giants.
Upon arrival, you are split into small groups and taken around the sanctuary with a guide, who introduces you to each elephant and tells you about their life story prior to coming to the sanctuary. Unfortunately, each elephant has been through some terrible things, especially due to animal tourism (like riding on elephants' backs). It was heartwarming to see that even after all this trauma, the elephants were able to be playful again and trusting of humans.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and taught us many things, not only about elephants' living habits and biology, but most of all about the personalities and quirks of each elephant living in the sanctuary. Thereafter, we also got to see two of the elephants take a bath, which made for great photos of these majestic animals.
Although this experience is a bit pricey, it is definitely worth every cent to support this organization, as well as the new sanctuary they are building close by.
Written 28 June 2020
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Josh B
London, UK22 contributions
Jan. 2020
When you visit the elephants at Samui's first ethical sanctuary you not only get to see the elephants acting as natural as is possible, you learn and are educated so much about the history of the elephants and how they came to end up in this sanctuary. I would highly recommend a visit here to anyone visiting Samui and wanting to observe these amazing animals.
Written 20 May 2020
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LLRose
Seattle, WA101 contributions
Mar. 2020
Amazing place. Not only do you get to see the elephants and help prepare their food, but you hear the stories of the abusive situations the elephants came from, and get to see the life they are living now. They are now unchained, no longer have to pull logs, be ridden by tourists, or abused by trekking camps. Here they are able to express natural behaviors. The staff is fantastic and dedicated to caring for these majestic animals. Definitely worth going.
Written 13 April 2020
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bondgirl1994
Centreville, VA8 contributions
Mar. 2020
This is a must see for elephant lovers of all types. You get to feed them, walk with them and understand where they come from and feel the passion of the keepers and their quest to help all elephants in distress. These elephants have been rescued from bad situations and the proceeds go to feeding, housing and taking care of the elephants and their keepers- HIGHLY recommended. The people are kind, caring and very informative and we would go back in an instant.
Written 2 April 2020
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Jessica Budgett
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Mar. 2020
A truly ethical elephant sanctuary where these rescued elephants are clearly looked after and respected in their natural environment!

The half-day tour is magical:
- Safety briefing to ensure the elephants are approached correctly
- An incredible tour guide who provides in-depth backgrounds on each of the elephants and how important it is to ensure elephants are treated like wild animals and not entertainment acts for tourists
- Multiple chances to feed the elephants and watch them roam in their natural area
- Hot vegetarian buffet to suit all needs and chance to buy local gifts afterwards at a really reasonable price!

*If you are in Thailand or get any chance to visit, please visit this sanctuary as I promise you will remember it for the rest of your life!*
Written 2 April 2020
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