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.
We had a fabulous time at the park. Starting with our traditional drink and talk by the passionate and knowledgeable Cam, followed by a bare back ride (to ensure no harm to the elephants) on the lovely Doung-Jai, with her Mahout Por, who was brilliant at taking plenty of photos for us to ensure we have wonderful memories captured. Feeding Doung-Jai was also an amazing experience before riding her back down to bathe with her and help cool her while giving her a good scrub. The lunch was also delicious having being prepared by the family and Mahout wives. This was an absolutely priceless experience that should not be missed. If your considering where to visit then look no further and book with Phang Nga Elephant Park
What a wonderful experience! Couldn’t recommend enough. Have just got back from spending the morning with the elephants and there mahouts and our knowledgeable guide Cameron! Was heartbreaking to hear about the elephants backgrounds but was lovely to see how well they were looked after and cared for since coming the the park � thank you for a wonderful day!
Visited the park today in the afternoon. We (my girlfriend and I) didn’t made a booking before, but that wasn’t a problem. As there was no booking in the afternoon we had the possibility to enjoy the whole adventure in the smallest group possible �.
I know that this park is marked as “expensive”, but as I visited elephant parks before in Vietnam and Sri Lanka the price is relative. This park is by far worth the price as you will see a lovely, peacefulness place where elephants can relax and will be treated with respect and lots of engagement.
All your money will be used for the funding of their elephant sanctuary park (which is currently in the making) given older elephants (>60 years) the possibility to enjoy their last episode in life.
Thank you for having us and keep up your great work!
Couldn't recommend this place more! It was so clear how much all of the staffed loved the beautiful creatures and we're doing all they could to be living a happy and close to natural life.
Day started with a transfer from our hotel to the park, then our guide duane gave us a run down on the history or the park and an introductory tea. We were then introduced to the elephant and mahout we'd be with for the day and began on a short trek through the jungle watching the elephants tear through parts of the forest they felt like snacking on.
We stopped half way through the trek to feed our elephants a basket full of bananas which they clearly look forward too after the walk.
After the trek we were able to have a bath with our elephant and ensure she was wonderful and clean. After this she went for a break with her mahout and we had a first class lunch which was cooked by the mahout's wives which was Devine.
We finished the day by being introduced to the newborn in the sanctuary and his mother who is always close to her baby and are never separated. The young one felt very adventurous and energetic with the protection of mum around, wonderful to see.
We were then driven back to our hotel by our driver after a magical day we will never forget
Like so many people, we have read horrific stories about elephants being used for tourists benefits with terrible consequences to the elephants... well that is not the case here. There are currently 11 elephants here, most of them have been 'rescued' from their previous 'work' as loggers to start their new 'jobs' here at the park. Each elephant only does 2 trips a day and each trip involves a leisurely stroll up the hill, through the jungle for 15 mins, followed by a huge basket of bananas and a rest before heading back down the hill only to be bathed and pampered!
My husband and I visited last week, we were in a small group of 4 with our guide Cameron. It was a fantastic day and one we will never forget! Highly recommend.
I’ve been following this page for 2 years, and today I finally got to visit the park! Everyone was so friendly and they treated the elephants phenomenally. They care so much about the well being of their elephants here at Phang Nga Elephant Park.
Attended today the 16th Nov. We are from Australia and wanted to visit a Elephant sanctuary where the health and welfare of the elephants is the number one priority. From the moment you arrive at the park you are made to feel very welcome by the guide Cameron. The staff are very pleasant and polite. The amenities are extremeley clean. Lunch was delicious and so to were the fresh pineapple shakes.
Now for the serious stuff that you come to the park for. You are given lots of history and information about both the elephants and how the park come to be. You can also ask as many questions as you like, Cameron is extremely approachable and very friendly. We (my wife and two children 7 and 9) got to meet our elephants and the mahoot before climbing on board for an exciting ride up the mountain bare back on the elephants. There are no ugly big baskets on the elephants back that cause the elephant pain and discomfort. You then get to feed your elephant a big basket of banannas (which is like chocolate to them) before you ride back down the mountain. The highlight for us was to be in the water with these beautiful creatures and wash them and splash around with the mahoots, who can be quite cheeky with their water buckets.
My wife, kids and I all agreed it was the best experience we have ever had with an animal.
We 100% recommend this Elephant Park.
We came as a family with small kids (1.5 yrs, 3yrs and 9years old.)
We didn't want to go somewhere that mistreated the elephants so were a bit worried as we travelled for our afternoon session but as soon as we arrived we realised very quickly that it was going to be a good day.
The people were lovely, Cameron our (english) guide was great, friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The site itself was nicely laid out, clean, tidy and had good bathrooms and a cute little gift shop.
We had welcome drinks and an amazing lunch...a proper meal not just a quick snack! All drinks were provided for free...the pineapple smoothie were delicious!
Won't say too much about the elephant part as it's nice to have a surprise when you get there but it was lovely and relaxed, the mahoot and guides were great again and there was plenty of interaction with the elephants - loads!
My girls loved it and haven't stopped talking about it since, they made life long memories that day! As a family we felt safe and well looked after, it was a well thought out tour and kept the kids entertained all afternoon.
Would highly recommended this place, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and would go back again and again if we could...in fact if it's still a possibility in 9yrs I think my little girl will be there as a guide!
Thanks guys, keep up the good work x
Was wary at first as I had heard of so many unethical elephant sanctuaries but this was fantastic , Cam the volunteer could not have been more helpful . This is a genuine elephant park with only the best interest for these amazing animals , would recommend with a clear conscience and would go again if I had more time 🐘 thank you ☺️
*!AMAZING & GENUINE EXPERIENCE!*
I could not fault any part of the tour. Cameron was our guide, he was very knowledgeable & respectful of these beautiful, majestic creatures as was everyone else that works here. If you want a truly ethnical interaction with the elephants than look no further than this place. A huge thumbs up to Jake for all of his hard work developing this amazing project. I wish you nothing but good luck for expanding your incredibly selfless project for these beautiful creatures!
On our way home from this elephant park. I cannot thank the volunteers enough. Jake and his family have created such a beautiful and natural environment for these gentle giants. Not once did they make an elephant do anything they didn’t want to do, they are rewarded every moment of the day. This park is filled with love and respect for these animals and it shows in how happy these elephants are. If you are to see any elephants in Thailand, please go here. Have a day filled with elephants and leave knowing the animals are the centre of everyone’s attention in that park! If I could give you more than 5 stars I would! Looking forward to being able to donate to the charity once it is up and running.
One of the best days I have ever had, easy to see how much these elephants are loved and taken care of. Our guide Duane was fab and knows so much about the elephants and Doung Kai was absolutely gorgeous and so gentle. Worst part of the day was having to say goodbye ����