It was a very intimate experience that gave us an understanding of the bond between an elephant and his mahout (handler). If you are looking for an experience that goes a bit deeper than the typical tour then this is a must.
My best friend and I love elephants so this was our fourth elephant experience around the world. Nothing as come close to Phang Nga Elephant Park! It warmed our hearts to see the elephants treated like family.
Phang Nga Elephant Park is outstanding in their ethical treatment of the elephants and offers a rare and informative experience. An experience that really allows the individual to get to know the elephants. The Thai cooking lesson is also very enjoyable and the food that we prepared was delicious.
Absolutely beautiful set up and big thumbs up from a vet nurse with regards to welfare. Everyone at the park gets top marks for making my family and I feel welcome.
This was an unforgettable day! The elephants are clearly at home and well cared for. It was lovely plodding along on these huge and beautiful creatures at butterfly level through the trees.
We got to experience firsthand what being a mahout (handler) would be like. You get to wash them, feed them, play with them, ride them bare back and cook amazing Thai food.
The best four hours of wildlife interaction I have ever had. We had as much time as we wanted to feed, walk, groom, adore and even swim with the elephants.
The day I spent at Phang Nga Elephant Park has been the highlight of my holiday to Thailand. They care deeply about the health and well being of these magnificent creatures.
Had a superb family day with the elephants! The kids can’t stop talking about it. Highly recommend for anyone interested in visiting elephants in an environment that values animal welfare!
We want everyone to share our passion for the Asian elephant and its future. We believe strongly in human-elephant interaction and we encourage our visitors to describe their experiences at Phang Nga Elephant Park.
Sooo good! Yesterday was my second time back, I will definitely be back again to show as many people as I can just how awesome you guys are and the wonderful work you are doing. Highlight of my Thailand trip, every time!
The other reviews express perfectly the experience I had. My elephant was Choosri who is the 47 year old matriarch of the sanctuary. I have no horse riding experience to draw from when sitting on Choosri's enormous neck so frankly I was initiallly terrified. Not of her but of my own lack of skill. Choosri and her mahout Wun were so patient with me, and after my initial fright I could completely enjoy being so close to an elephant for the first time in my life. Of course I've seen elephants in zoos but this is a magical one on one time.
Our group used all of the working elephants and this allowed me to really see their different personalities.
When we bathed the elephants, their characters shone. One of the younger elephants was next to Choosri in the pool with us. She decided her preferred position was lying down on her side in the water with her truck up to breathe! She wriggled and kicked gently, sometimes headbutting or getting into a trunk tangle with Choosri.
Choosri was again enormously patient with this silliness. She just sat in the water, let me climb all over her and scrub her with what was left of the natural bark soap after she ate most of it! Occasionally Choosri showed me her back was too hot by squinting her back (and me) with water!
Our volunteer guide Lainy is a professional and academic in zoology, her enthusiasm and love for the elephants was apparent in the knowledge she shared with us.
I'm not a fan of commercial animal parks and I've seen some horrors in the past. Differences include that the elephants live in the open next to their mahouts, they and their mahout can go to other parts of the jungle to feed and exercise, the wives get work in the park and the children must go to school as a condition of the family remaining in the park.
I encourage anyone with the opportunity to visit this fantastic Park.
All of the elephant parks should be like this one. They care for elephants and you get up close with the elephants. I learned a lot about the Asian elephant and they take an honest pragmatic approach to help formerly “worked” elephants in their sanctuary. It was a 2 hour drive from our hotel passing other elephant “parks/attractions” which we purposely chose to do. It was the right decision. Support these folks with your dollars. They are doing good for the elephants.
Had an amazing experience and wouldn't change a thing, which says a lot due to the park having only been open for a few years.
Booking was a super easy process and Jake was very helpful throughout our communication.
The lunch provided was wonderful and set the tone for a great day!!
We had Ollie as our guide who was absolutely awesome :) very friendly, engaging, and always ready to answer any questions or provide fun facts.
Jack the Mahout was also super cheerful and held a lot of love for his elephant Tong Sri who we were lucky enough to experience the day with ��
He was also a great photographer which was greatly appreciated.
Memories and photos to last a lifetime!! :)
Thanks again guys xx
It was a really amazing day with Ollie, Jack and Tong Sri! Ollie was incredible and informative, made the day perfect! Felt very lucky to have him as our guide.
Jack is an absolutely wonderful mahout and was incredibly friendly; also a great photographer which was really appreciated.
The elephants are well looked after here and clearly is an ethical and happy park.
Thank you for the perfect day �
Oh I loved loved loved this experience! It was really important to me to see happy elephants in a caring, ethical, environment and I was not disappointed. It was so definitely worth the boring 2 1/2 hour car trip from Phuket (each way) Thank you to our guide Ollie and the Mahout Por who took hundreds of photos for us on our camera from every angle. It was a really heart warming experience and I hope many more people take the time to visit this place as they really need the funding and support for such a worthy cause. I was a little bit nervous to get on top of such an enormous animal but all the staff and of course the elephant helped me to feel at ease so that I enjoyed it thoroughly. At no point throughout the afternoon did I feel the animals were being exploited or mistreated in any way. So glad I did this. Thanks guys you are doing a fantastic thing for these gentle giants.
Well, where do I start... what a day, excellent from start to finish, I didn't want it to end. I know there's a lot of bad press about elephant parks but this ethical centre really does look after its elephants, its plain to see and Jake and his team of Mahouts and volunteers are to be commended. Sarah our "volunteer" was very knowledgeable and well informed and made the day even more enjoyable. We wish her well in whatever she decides to do in the future and we wish the park continued success in the conservation of these amazing mammals.
Please visit and support this amazing experience. The world needs more places like this that ethically treat animals and allow positive human contact. The entire tour, food, elephant walk, elephant bath is fabulous.
We had such a magical experience with the beautiful BaiNgern. This was a birthday gift for us all from my parents and it's one that we will never forget. My children loved every minute. Our Guide Lainy was great, full or knowledge, so friendly and polite and showed such enthusiasm and love whilst talking about the elephants and the park. We cant wait to comeback �
We had the most amazing day yesterday with Jana and her mahout (his name escapes me). Jana is definately a cheeky girl, I loved the way she came straight into the water and laid down in the middle of it and literally just stuck her head under. Being able to bath her with the natural vine was amazing.
The story behind why this place was set up brought tears to my eyes. Cannot recommend you enough.
Your ethos and elephant welfare is second to none.
Thank you so much for an incredible experience.
Wow what an amazing place, from the elephants to the mahouts to the food and the amazing surroundings. This place is brilliant the elephants are put first and treated with respect would recommend to anyone a truly magical place.
The most amazing, beautiful experience. This was our 2nd visit & I could not recommend it highly enough. Everything from pick up through to lunch to feeding & bathing our elephant was sensational. Big thanks to Ollie or guide & our mahoot Jor. You made this the best experience ever. These beautiful animals are so loved & respected & the camp is beautiful. Congratulations Jake - you have made this all so special.
This is our second visit and I didn’t think there was any way to beat the first, but today was even more special thanks to the beautiful Doung Jai - our 33 year old 4.7tonne friend who was as gentle as our golden retriever with our whole family. Swimming with and washing her was a once in a lifetime experience that we will never forget. A massive thank you Doung Jai’s mahout Por for adding so much fun to the experience and taking such amazing photos, and a special thanks to Ollie for taking such great care of our whole family. Outstanding experience, Jake - the park is a credit to yourself and your family. You should be very proud of what you’ve achieved - we will be back to see you again.
An amazing experience. The elephants were well cared for and it was clear to see how relaxed and happy they were. Our guide Laini was very good. Our elephant was Choosri, she was very kind and placid and appeared to enjoy her bath time scrub! It was great to see the welfare of the elephants being put first. I would recommend a visit to the park if you want an unforgettable experience were animal welfare is taken seriously.
We visited here today and the place is beautiful. You could see that the elephants are taken care of and loved. Before my trip to Thailand I spent hours for scrolling and reading about different elephant parks because I didn't want to support non-ethical elephant activities. I'm so glad i decided to go here. Hope you can guide other places for more ethical tourism. Day was amazing and I learned a lot of these beautiful creatures. Best part was ofcourse, bathing with an elephant! Extra thanks for being flexible. My son got sick an evening before our visit and they fixed us another day on a short notice. Thanks to our guide Sarah, my son adored you :) Keep up the good work! Hope i get a change to visit here again someday!
Wonderful Elephant park which takes a pragmatic and caring attitude to helping these beautiful animals. Most of their animals came from the logging industry and have literally been used as beasts of burden. The animals seem well cared for and during the introduction for the visit they explain how they wish for total transparency in there methods of looking after the elephant. They mentioned the controversial use of an elephant stick - used as a means to guide the elephants not to punish or hurt them. Also mentioned was the occasional need to tether the elephant with a chain to a tree for the occasions when the mahout needed to attend to other business. The elephants would be left for a short time with plenty of food to keep it happy - we did see one elephant tethered like this and it seemed perfectly happy and unconcerned. I mentioned briefly the mahout. These are assigned to look after and paddock (next to their huts) the elephants. The mahout elephant bond is very close as you can see during your visit.
I would recommend a visit to this sanctuary as your funding helps make this safe environment possible for these elephant.
We know that we would all like to see elephants able to wander free, but being practical this is not readily possible as the elephant can cause destruction to farming crops and habitation in surrounding areas. Leaving some citizen to take matter into their own hands to protect their livelihoods.
This park is a pragmatic solution to helping these creatures and I would whole heartedly recommend a visit.