Elephants & Mahouts

Tangthai & Ton

Tangthai & Ton

At age 12, Tangthai, whose name means musk melon, is one of the visitors’ favourite elephants here at the Park, particularly since she had her new baby (Tonkao, born in January 2018). She is wonderfully cheeky but very gentle with our visitors and is great with children. She loves to be fed bananas, splash around in the pool and generally seek as much attention as possible! Ton, her young, smiley Mahout is constantly pretending to be an elephant and, until she had the baby, was always gallivanting around the Park with her! Now he has had to take his fatherly duties seriously - which he truly does!

Duong-Jai & Por

Duong-Jai & Por

Duong-jai is wonderfully sociable with our visitors and loves to interact with them (her name means ‘Heart’ and she certainly has a big one). She is 33 years old and has a very healthy appetite and therefore takes care of most of the gardening in the Park. She is looked after by Mahout Por, who, as you can see here, is quite a character himself! He loves taking photos of our visitors with his beautiful elephant and has earned the nickname ‘Look at me’!

Bai-ngern & Dong

Bai-ngern & Dong

Bai-ngern, an 11-year-old female, joined the Park in late 2016 and soon settled in as part of the family. She is best friends with Tangthai who is the same age. Her name (pronounced roughly ‘bai-nurn’) can be translated in several ways but we like ‘Silver Leaf’. Her Mahout, Dong, is 16 years old and asked Lek if he could train to be a mahout after visiting the Park and the elephants. Dong and Bai-Ngern are learning together under Lek’s watchful eye and they seem to be a great couple.

Choosri & Wun

Choosri & Wun

Choosri has been with Lek for 30 years. They know each other inside out. Choosri is now 46 years old and is one of the most contented and gentle elephants you could meet (indeed her very name means ‘Goodness’). She is one of our most beautiful elephants and we are very proud of her. Her Mahout, Wun, is 22 years old and comes from the Umphang hill tribe in the North where his family is intimately involved with elephants; in fact, his grandfather is quite famous in the elephant world and asked if Wun could come and be a Mahout for Lek. Choosri is a real family elephant and we are so pleased to see the really strong bond that exists between her and Wun. There is a short video about Wun and his life as a Mahout with Choosri - see Gallery/Video gallery.

Tong-Sri and Jack

Tong-Sri and Jack

Having joined the Park in April 2018, Tong-Sri is currently the newest addition to the Phang Nga Elephant Park family. At 36 years of age, she is a magnificent, very gentle lady of middle age and has a wonderful relationship with Jack, her 27-year old mahout. They have been together for five years and they both know exactly how to put a smile on our guests’ faces – Jack is a marvelous photographer and Tong-Sri is a great character in the water and often takes a little nap while enjoying her wellness time in the pool with our visitors.

Baramee & Ti

Baramee & Ti

Baramee is our handsome and mischievous young male well-named as ‘Great’ or ‘Strong’. He certainly has a great personality, if a bit laddish at times, so we don‘t allow our visitors to get too close to him. But you really cannot fail to admire him. Baramee is besotted with Tangthai – they are always trying to cosy up together and we are so pleased they had a wonderful baby in 2018. Baramee’s Mahout, Ti, is also a teenager and has grown up with Baramee so they have a mutual respect and understanding of each other.

Dao-ruang, Tanwaa & Ma

Dao-ruang, Tanwaa & Ma

32-year-old Dao-ruang, whose name means ‘Marigold’, is the gorgeous mother of our little baby Tanwaa, who was born in December 2015 (Tanwaa means ‘December’). Dao-ruang is very patient and accepting of naughty Tanwaa and his playful ways. Our visitors love to watch them together. It is hard to believe he is now 2, as Tanwaa will play with anything and everything, from a football, to trying to steal the water hose, to climbing into the wheelbarrow! Ma has been Dao-Ruang’s proud mahout since 2010, and they are both extremely well looked after by him.

Luk Doi & Puh

Luk Doi & Puh

Luk Doi is 23 years old and her name means ‘Daughter of the hill’. Her Mahout Puh, who is 24 years old, takes very good care of her. Luk Doi has such a sweet nature and gets on famously with Puh who is a bit cheeky. They both enjoy socialising with our visitors and Luk Doi is so gentle and lovely. She particularly likes submerging herself in our pool and rolling from side to side in the water (when no tourists are next to her of course!). She is a very friendly elephant, but sometimes a bit naughty such as when she sticks her head under the roof of Puh’s mahout hut to see what he is doing. Luk Doi and Puh both like attention and they are a very well matched pair.

Ja Na and  Pi Noi

Ja Na and Pi Noi

Ja Na joined Phang Nga Elephant Park in early 2018. Her name means ‘The Best’. She is 12 years old and the cousin of our lovely Bai-Ngern. Since they are about the same age, the two teenage girls spend lots of time together. In the pool they always like to be close to each other, touching each other’s trunks. Ja Na loves the water, she splashes around and tends to lie down on the side waiting to be scrubbed by our guests. Her dedicated and experienced mahout Pi Noi has a wonderful relationship with Ja Na - and as those who meet him soon discover, he really enjoys taking pictures and is always up for a laugh.