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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Ranked #23 of 569 Tours in Phuket
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. We put the welfare of our elephants first and do not offer bathing, rides, shows, mud bathing, trunk hugging, elephant kisses, sitting on or lying on the elephants, loud noisy groups, or people constantly crowding around the elephants. If you think of an elephant living life in the forest surrounded by the sounds of nature then this is what we offer. Our tours offer Education, Interaction, and Observation. Visitors enjoy an up-close encounter with our beautiful elephants during the feeding program, then we walk with the elephants, stand back and observe as they roam, bathe, play, and socialise naturally, free from human touch. We give our elephants back their lives and their dignity, and in doing so, our guests get to learn about how incredible the largest land mammal on earth truly is. We look forward to welcoming you. Morning and Afternoon visits, reservations required, transportation available.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Retired elephants, finally having a good life after a life of terrible torture. This was my favourite part of our trip. What these animals suffer is appalling, I wish for everyone to come here and never use or see another animal 'act' in Thailand.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We went to the elephant sanctuary after doing research into elephant trekking for tourism. Although it is expensive, it is well worth the visit! The staff were super friendly and knowledgeable and the elephants are really beautiful creatures. Special shout out to Angie who went out of her way to show us around the centre after the tour was finished. They’re doing some really good work over here, there is still a bit of the elephants listening to orders but in a very loving way with no violence. Loved it!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank HannahtheTraveler246
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Just completed 3 days of volunteering at PES and I'm missing the place like crazy already.

The sanctuary gives a home to elephants that have worked in tourism - circus, trekking - or logging and are sold as they are too sick or injured to carry on.
A couple are blind, some have leg problems and all have a history worth finding out about.

The volunteering gave me the opportunity to see behind the scenes and I can honestly say, everything is what they advertise themselves to be on the outside, with the elephants best interests at the heart of it. I got to know several of the staff and they are all passionate about their work.
The volunteering activity was a mixture of 5 star eco tourism and hard work. The daily schedule went something like this;
08:30 pickup and drop off at PES followed by breakfast
10-12:00 morning work
12-14:00 lunch and relaxation
14-16:00 afternoon work
16-17:30 dinner and relaxation
17:30 drop off at accommodation

Morning on first day is taking part in the tour. Other times, work included elephant food prep and feeding, cleaning elephant enclosure, cutting long grass/banana tree in jungle for elephant food and painting enclosures. Physical ability of volunteers varied and people worked as hard as they wanted to.

The accommodation is close to the office and has double bed, fridge, toilet/shower and wi-fi.

We had a group of 6 volunteers who socialised in the evening. Ages ranged from 25-60, men and women from US, France and U.K.
Also, some Thai staff were happy to meet up in the evening and could advise and assist with local activities e.g. Local gym (I didn't have the energy) or local beach walk.

I loved the time I had to observe and feed the elephants without the queues or people. I loved the ethos of the whole place. I loved the energy of the area.

If you are even slightly tempted to do this, book now, do it, I promise you will not regret it.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Will C
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

The Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket is funded by tourism.
Please Book straight through the their website or front office, as all proceeds go to the Sanctuary this way and directly to helping care for these amazing creatures.

Now my review.
Transport from the front office through the park is by open air tuk type truck, which adds wonderful views as you travel through this scenic, amazing, almost other worldly type place.

You are the welcomed into the park with refreshments and snacks such as juices, water, tea, coffee and fizzy drink.
Snacks are widely varied from packet chips (crisps for non aussies) biscuits, sweet rice (try this) fruit and much more.
1 of the More gentle natured Elephants are Brought close to the refreshments area by her carer for you to take photos and videos of.

Next you hear a guide speak and watch a short video on how to act around the elephants, please pay attention to this as the guides tell you they are learning English, their native tongue is Thai.
So they won’t have to try to explain it to you again and it’s is for public safety and for the elephants.

Walking tour.
You start by getting to feed at least one elephant, we got to feed 2 elephants and take photos with each, also if you ask the guides nicely they can take photos for you on your device free of charge (if you do ask this though maybe a tip would be a nice gesture)

We had Golf as our guide, we saw elephants, fed them and even watch them bath just amazing.

Currently they only have female rescue Elephants and this is a new park just over a year old, please go and see it you won’t be

If you can give them a little tip at the end it all goes to a good cause and just may help rescue another Elephant to have a loving forever home,
If we want to see these beautiful creatures moving forward into the future let’s all band together and help this good cause.

I added some pics from my trip enjoy

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank S L
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

If you care about elephants and you want to support elephant recovery, this is the place to go. As far as I could tell, they really care about them here. They buy them off from other places where they've been put to work, or used for entertainment, and here they get to be elephants again. You get to feed them, you get to see them shower, and you hear their stories. There are no chains, no iron rods. Staff is very nice and carrying. It's a good cause and a good initiative, but it's not on the cheap. Elephants are large animals and care and food for them is expensive. The lunch and setting are really good.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank noiseshapes
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