Providing a truly enriching experience, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary offers a unique chance to watch and get up close to elephants in Thailand.
Keep in mind there are two sanctuaries run by this organisation; one is in Bophut near properties like Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, while the other is in Chaweng Noi. You can’t use private transport from Koh Samui hotels to these sanctuaries and instead should book your visit online which will include pick-up and drop-off.
What They Do
Supported by world-famous elephant conservationist, Lek Chailert, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary is billed as an ethical organisation for these majestic mammals. At each of its sites with forested land, elephants that have previously been used for entertainment, logging, rides and more enjoy a peaceful ‘retirement’ and the freedom they deserve.
On Your Visit
The two sites feature morning (9:00am – 12:00pm) and afternoon (2:00pm – 5:00pm) tours that let you witness elephants socialise and play too! As part of the experience, you will get a chance to prepare food and feed these adorable creatures and walk with them and see how they forage for food and bathe; a yummy vegetarian Thai buffet is included too.
Keep in Mind
Remember to bring a paper copy or a photograph on the phone of your passport details; dress respectfully and keep in mind clothes can get dirty on the outdoor tour. Wear trainers or shoes and bring a hat or cap, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, camera and a reusable water bottle; purified water will be provided.