Saiyok Elephant Park
Saiyok Elephant Park
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  • Lisa S
    New York City, New York7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience!
    I did the half day option at Saiyok Elephant Park and it was a great experience. First (and most important), Saiyok is a "no-ride" park (ie no elephant rides of any kind are offered). Upon arriving you are given blue pajama-like clothes to wear. Its not mandatory to change clothes, but its highly recommended as you will prepare food for the elephants, feed them, then get in the river to bathe them. Meal prep: chopping small watermelons into bite size pieces, then preparing protein balls (banana, tamarind and ground flax meal). Its a messy process, but a lot of fun. After feeding the elephants, the caretakers lead the elephants into the river for bath time. We were handed scrub brushes and antibacterial soap to scrub the elephants (to prevent larve from burrowing under their skin), and into the river we all went! It was a great experience and the elephants loved the pampering. Very memorable experience.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Simon D
    350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elephant Sanctuary at its Best
    We had just completed our obligatory tour of the ‘Death Railway’ with a visit to this Elephant sanctuary next to see. Are we glad this was included by our ToursbyLocals guide (Angela). Of course this place is neither modern, new or flashy just a place to care for some beautiful animals. We had the opportunity to hand feed the elephants, some 21 years of age and one allegedly 61 years old. They are well trained and made a bee-line for the buckets of watermelons on offer. They are truly gentle, but ravenously hungry. At the end they cheekily took our money and gave it to their ‘Mahout’. A small shop to buy something, and please give a modest tip. Without our support do not know what would happen to this deserving animals. Great for families and but a stone’s throw from the car park. Having a guide really helps.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • hhunter1974
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience, not to be missed.
    Awesome experience! We loved interacting with, feeding & bathing the elephants. They provide outfits for you to wear & changing rooms. We were able to lock our belongings in the vans that transported us (they were owned & operated by the park). We started by preparing snacks for the elephants & fed them. They eat right out of your hand. Then you proceed to the river to bath them (& they also bath you). There were staff on hand to take pictures of you with your own cell phone. We were part of a guided tour & our tour manager arranged the whole excursion with the facility. The experience was a highlight of our trip. The elephants appeared to be well cared for and treated well. Although there were handlers present who could communicate directions to the elephants, the elephants were not forced to participate. They had choice.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
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hhunter1974
Michigan32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Awesome experience! We loved interacting with, feeding & bathing the elephants. They provide outfits for you to wear & changing rooms. We were able to lock our belongings in the vans that transported us (they were owned & operated by the park). We started by preparing snacks for the elephants & fed them. They eat right out of your hand. Then you proceed to the river to bath them (& they also bath you). There were staff on hand to take pictures of you with your own cell phone. We were part of a guided tour & our tour manager arranged the whole excursion with the facility. The experience was a highlight of our trip. The elephants appeared to be well cared for and treated well. Although there were handlers present who could communicate directions to the elephants, the elephants were not forced to participate. They had choice.
Written 7 April 2024
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Simon D
350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had just completed our obligatory tour of the ‘Death Railway’ with a visit to this Elephant sanctuary next to see. Are we glad this was included by our ToursbyLocals guide (Angela). Of course this place is neither modern, new or flashy just a place to care for some beautiful animals. We had the opportunity to hand feed the elephants, some 21 years of age and one allegedly 61 years old. They are well trained and made a bee-line for the buckets of watermelons on offer. They are truly gentle, but ravenously hungry. At the end they cheekily took our money and gave it to their ‘Mahout’. A small shop to buy something, and please give a modest tip. Without our support do not know what would happen to this deserving animals. Great for families and but a stone’s throw from the car park. Having a guide really helps.
Written 22 March 2024
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Lisa S
New York City, NY7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I did the half day option at Saiyok Elephant Park and it was a great experience. First (and most important), Saiyok is a "no-ride" park (ie no elephant rides of any kind are offered). Upon arriving you are given blue pajama-like clothes to wear. Its not mandatory to change clothes, but its highly recommended as you will prepare food for the elephants, feed them, then get in the river to bathe them. Meal prep: chopping small watermelons into bite size pieces, then preparing protein balls (banana, tamarind and ground flax meal). Its a messy process, but a lot of fun. After feeding the elephants, the caretakers lead the elephants into the river for bath time. We were handed scrub brushes and antibacterial soap to scrub the elephants (to prevent larve from burrowing under their skin), and into the river we all went! It was a great experience and the elephants loved the pampering. Very memorable experience.
Written 22 August 2023
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John
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
To call this place an elephant sanctuary, is definitely a scam, unless my views of sanctuary’s is wrong. There is no place for them to roam around. they are attraction for tourists, not a place for animals - first you feed them, then you bath them no matter if they need it or not, then they show you little tricks like spraying water or posing for a picture and then you leave. There is no information about the work that is done in the actual “sanctuary”. Now I won’t lie and say that it didn’t feel amazing having the opportunity to experience with my family. My oldest said wow dad thanks, this was a once in a lifetime experience.
Written 7 August 2023
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Марина О
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
It’s a very big tourist scam to call this place an elephant sanctuary. It is a former animal show - same place, same poor elephants, and I’m pretty sure that it’s the same people who work with elephants (they make elephants do little tricks so easily, so you can tell that there are years behind it). They don’t make elephants dance in stupid costumes anymore, but it’s still an attraction for tourists, not a place for animals - first you feed them, then you bath them no matter if they need it or not, then they show you little tricks like spraying water or posing for a picture and then you leave. There is no information about the work that this “sanctuary” does anywhere, the staff can’t answer even simple questions about the facility or the animals, but they know very well, that first you need to feed them, then to bath them, then take a picture and leave.
I feel very disappointed with being scammed into participating in this. Cause all this looked like another type of animal show, but with better title.
I was stupid not to read the reviews before going.
Written 8 January 2023
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Rachel F
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
My rating is based on the treatment of the elephants. They are not ridden which is good, but they are kept in small enclosures with seemingly limited ability to roam. Every elephant I saw was swaying back and forth and swinging their trunks. I think calling this place a sanctuary is a stretch.
Written 13 November 2022
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The place tries to be nice to the animals so it has canceled commercial shows and rides on the elephants, unlike some other elephant parks. In this case, you can clean the elephant using soap and brush. Clothes and shoes that you can use for bathing are also provided. What is missing a little is proper place where to change the clothes. I use bathroom that is few meters away from the entrance to the river so I needed to rush to make it on time with my group.
Elephants are cute. The whole bathing thing is just a show for tourists and the elephants threw some sand from river's side on themselves right after bathing. Another activity done with the elephants is feeding. There were buckets with watermelon that you can give to the elephant - he will grab the watermelon with his trunk and eat it.
Written 29 February 2020
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Joobjib
Bangkok, Thailand464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I usually will never visit this kind of camps where they put elephants captive just for people's entertainment but I heard here they do not put elephants in chain and even cancel any riding activities because there's no way you can control them without that awful sharp thing I don't know what's it called to hurt elephants.We fed and took a bath with a lovely 18 year old elephant. She's still not that big and super cute. Although honestly everything feels a bit forced for the elephant because I'm sure they had no idea why they have to do all these things nor feel like it but i will fully support this elephant camp because they started doing great things and I hope this will become a trend for all elephant camps in Thailand. Eventually of course all elephants will have to go back where they belong but baby steps I guess.
Written 21 December 2019
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junction3
Kanchanaburi, Thailand117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
You can get close up to the elephants, I counted 5. We paid 100THB to feed one, who had an insatiable appetite. They gave us at least 10 baskets of small bananas which we fed one banana at a time, grabbed by his trunk.
A rough road into the place, I think a wheelchair would be ok around the area we fed the elephant.
Written 4 February 2019
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Jamie K
18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
There are chains on the elephants - what makes you think this is an actual sanctuary? People should do their research before throwing money into what is essentially animal slavery.
Written 31 December 2018
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