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.
My family and I were privileged enough to spend a day here! We did the family tour and wow, amazing! We all learnt so much about elephants!! My kids- 7,6&4 absolutely loved it! As my husband and I. Our guide, Fynn, was so nice and so great with our kids. He was full of info and made us feel so relaxed. The elephants, oh wow, they are such gorgeous creatures!! We got to feed, bathe and stroke “Choosri” who was just gorgeous! The kids got to do a painting activity which they lived and the lunch... so delicious!! I would definitely recommend for anyone going to Thailand!!! �
We just returned from the family experience with our 2 children (aged 5 & 11) and i couldn't recommend it highly enough. After having a bad experience elephant trecking a few years ago, i was keen to ensure that this time we only supported a park which treated the animals with respect. The whole experience beginning with email communication with Jake, through to the super informative guides (simone & finn), the delicious lunch & of course the fabulous mahouts was fantastic.
Fantastic people giving the best possible life to these amazing creatures. Simone, our guide was helpful and knowledgeable and our manhoot Jax took about a million photos for us. Both of them were so friendly. Everything they do in the sanctuary is with the best interests of the elephants in mind. Food was lovely and only a few guests here together for the whole experience.
Worth every penny. ���
Exhilarating experience. The welfare if the elephants was obvious and the knowledge of our guide was exceptional. This family has a done a great thing for Sustainable Elephant welfare in creating this 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.
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