The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket allows the visitors to get close to the elephants in a better and fun way than the controversial elephant trekking. At the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket no one rides the animals… Here you feed, play and bathe with adults and baby elephants in a way you never experienced before.
When you arrive at the camp in Naithon Beach, you first get a short briefing. Learn about the elephants, their burden with the old fashioned tourism and how the sanctuary is trying to change mentalities.
Guests are then invited to prepare food for the animals. It’s a bit messy but fun and everyone seem to enjoy being useful. Once food has been ready a small group of elephants arrive and eat from people’s hands. Kids are usually hesitant at first but quickly enjoy the playful baby elephants who looks just as happy as human children are!
The food is all gone a lot faster than you may think. The group then walks to a nearby muddy water pond where the elephants run into and start enjoying themselves. Visitors are hesitant to jump into the brown waters but it doesn’t last long. Soon everyone is in it splashing and rubbing the mammals with handfuls of mud.
The group later walks to a water pond where mud can be rinsed away and everyone can have another round of fun (not to mention unforgettable photos). This is a very unique experience and elephants seems to enjoy the moment as much as the guests.
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket is one of the new sanctuaries that are opening all around Thailand. Even if not all are as perfect as some might say, they are changing travellers’ mind. With more sanctuaries, there will be less trekking, more education and more respect for these noble animals.
To book The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket is easy, just talk to your hotel counter.