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!
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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.
Wir waren heute da und ich muss sagen , sind immer noch total begeistert. Alles rundum hat gepasst von der Abholung vom Hotel bis zum baden mit dem Elefanten. Man spürt rundum, da geht es um das Wohl der Tiere . Es war so toll, wie Sina uns durch alles geführt hat und uns alles erzählt hat, da mein Mann kein Englisch spricht, hat sie sich sogar die Zeit genommen, ihm das nochmal in deutsch zu erklären , vielen herzlichen Dank dafür . Das Highlight ist einfach das Bad mit den Elefanten, so den Tieren nah zusein und auch spüren, wie die Tiere es liebevoll annehmen . Wahnsinn . Wir können es jeden nur komplett ans Herz legen , geht hin und unterstützt diese tolle Arbeit.
Vielen herzlichen Dank auch an Jake für die schnelle Bearbeitung der Buchung und den E-Mail Verkehr.
Macht weiter so .
My family of 3 (including 7 yr old) had an amazing time here yesterday. My husband booked with Jake and every effort was made to make our anniversary visit special. The elephants are so well looked after and their well-being is obviously top priority to the park. The Mahouts have a lovely great strong bond with their elephant and all the volunteer staff are knowledgeable and friendly. We were so impressed with the whole trip, the conservation for the elephants really shone through.
My son (12) my partner and me spent months trying to find the best elephant experiance. And happy to say we choose this one and we were spot on.
We are animal lovers and care about welfare and health of all animals, and so does Jake and his team. Our guide Sarah was fantastic. She was very informative and you could see she truly loved all the animals there.
The elephants were very happy. My elephant jana was a little cheeky and loved to help her self to food and was always watching and wanting to be cheeky with her cousin who name I forget. She and her cousin did keep stopping on the trail ride to forage for food. Pnoi her mahout was very patient with her and could see he fitted her personality beautifully. You could see she loved to be by his side. Not because she was made to but because she wanted to and felt safe next to him.
Some maybe fooled by animals wanting to be with there owner or cares through fear and not wanting to be with them. But here you could clearly see she wanted to be with pnoi though her choice and not forced.
There is NO tolerance at the park for any harsh treatment to the elephants.
My son and partners elephant was called doung jai. She took care of them very well along with her mahout.
We had an amazing lunch in a very quite spot which was beautiful.
We then went and saw the mahout village.
Tangthai and Tonkao had a little ( unintentional) free time while we were sat talking before heading to the village. Every one started running to get tonkao to go back to his mother after opening his enclosure.
Seems he's quite a Houdini and a character. He only went back to his enclosure when some one played chase with him and was fast enough to run in to his enclosure with him having great fun behind.
We went for a ride up the hill bareback. Was so different than my horses. More a side to side movement but I got used to it quickly.
We then chopped up pineapple and sorted bananas for our elephants. Who loved it. After letting them forage for a while we rode them back down the trail and gave them more food. They eat alot.
We then went in the pool with them and used a natural soap (which name I forget) from a plant to scrub them with. Jana loved this as did all 3 off them.
When we were done we had showers and got dressed.
There were lovely surprises waiting for us before we left to go back to the hotel but I won't give it away. Though sure it's already been given a way as I already knew this before coming. But it's lovely
I'll never for get my time there and will be supporting stef (southern thialand elephant foundation)
Hoping we will return and see the new retirement village Jake is just setting up. My son also wishes to volunteer when he's 18.
Thank you for the millions of photos you guys took of us on our cameras.
Thank you so much all for such an amazing place.
The only way to get up close and meet elephants. We had been looking forward to our visit since booking. We weren’t disappointed. A very professional set up from booking, transfers and actually meeting the elephants. We had the most memorable day. Thank you to everyone at the park who made it possible.
I have been wanting to visit this park for over a year now and yesterday I finally got to experience this incredible place. The park and tour guides were very accommodating, with only having a few hours they made sure that I managed to do everything I wanted to do with the elephants and also provided me with so much amazing information that I never knew before. Being told that there will be another park opening just outside of Phuket has me very excited about what is to come in the future and I hope to one day journey back to this incredible place and see how much has been done for the asian elephant now and in the future. Thank you for an amazing day and keep up the good work.
We had the most incredible experience here today, we learnt about the elephants, got to prepare their food , feed them,trek with them and then wash them, you can see they have the most amazing bond with their Mahout
Would 100%this sanctuary �
We went on a trip today. We booked online before we arrived in Thailand. Easily organised and got back to us with confirmation promptly. That's the boring part. This place is amazing the elephants are rescued from logging, working, being tied up and mistreated and looked after so well. From start to finish our guide Sarah gave us heaps of information and the interaction with the elephants was amazing. We rode but humanely not with a platform strapped to their backs. We then chopped up pineapples and fed the elephants. The elephants were rested before heading back where we washed and bathed with them. What an absolutely incredible experience. This place is wonderful. Well done to the mahouts who look after these incredible animals with such Love, to Jake and everyone who puts in so much work to make the lives of these elephants cruelty free. Please visit this wonderful place its just incredible��
Ich war bestimmt schon 50 mal hier im Phang Nga Elefanten Park gewesen und komme immer wieder her. Ich liebe die Tiere und kann sehen das es den Elefanten gut geht. Hier gibt es keine Tierquälerei wie einige dumme Leute behaupten und ich kann nicht verstehen das Menschen, die mit einem Elefanten gebadet haben anschließend von Tierquälerei sprechen. Bitte glaubt diesen Leuten nicht und überzeugt euch selbst davon in dem ihr dieses Camp besucht.
We had an incredible experience at the Park today. Our elephant Duong Jai was majestic and so good with all the children. It was a moment we will cherish forever. As the kids said... hands down the best day EVER!
Mein Mann und ich hatten gestern einen tollen Tag im Phang Nga Elefant Park. Sina hat uns alles über den Park erklärt, die Arbeit wird komplett transparent gemacht. So konnten wir auch verstehen warum manche Elefanten zeitweise angekettet sind und warum die Mahouts ihren „Haken“ bei sich tragen, der aber nie benutzt wurde.
Die Elefanten wirkten sehr ausgeglichen und machten einen sehr guten körperlichen Eindruck.
Für uns war es ein tolles Erlebnis, das wir uneingeschränkt weiter empfehlen können.
It is the best I’ve been on an Elephant � in Bangkok previously. But this is so worth every THB I paid. The information, the guide and the whole experience was just delightful. I would certainly recommend this as a must do. Thanks so much to everyone for a great day on Saturday March 31st 2018. Thank you thank you thank you � ����
This place is amazing. Especially everything they do for the elephants. We we're spending a week in Thailand and knew we wanted to do something with elephants that was also ethical. Since we were in southern Thailand, this was the only ethical park we could find. It was very well thought out, from start to finish. I would love to go back one day. I got to spend my day with Saw-Eiat, a 58 year old female. She had a wonderful temperament.
I suggest the 9:30 am booking, otherwise it might be kind of hot. I also recommend booking in advance.
We had a brilliant trip here a couple of days ago. The guides were really informative and it was amazing to be able to interact so closely with the elephants at a place where you know they are well looked after. Before we booked we thought it seemed a little expensive compared to other elephant trips but it was so worth it, would really recommend.
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