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Where to bathe with elephants in Phuket?

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket gives visitors a unique chance to get close to elephants in a fun way. Here, no one rides the animals; the old controversial elephant trekking time is over. In an Elephant Sanctuary, you feed, play and bathe adults and baby elephants in a way you never experienced before. However, keep in mind that bathing with elephants is not truly ethical as it is, in fact, unnatural for them and even unhealthy for you.

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

Yes, there are still many elephant trekking camps in Phuket, too many, but this new kind of rehabilitation camp is successfully showing the way. Old fashion trekking camps are changing fast because visitors have already changed. The trend seems to be working as more and more elephant trekking camps seized that golden opportunity and recycled themselves into elephant sanctuaries.

Mud bath with elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

When you arrive at the Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary camp in Kathu, you first get a short briefing. Usually, people book the morning or afternoon visit and are picked up directly from their hotels, which is very convenient. First, you will get a rather rehearsed briefing about the rehabilitation camps and their purpose. Learn about the elephants and their burden with old-fashioned tourism, which is unfortunately still well alive in Phuket and many parts of Thailand.

What do you do at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

  • Learn about the sanctuary mission
  • Prepare food
  • Feed the elephants
  • Prepare medicine
  • Have a mud bath
  • Shower the elephants

Baby Elephant at Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

Learn how the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is trying to change mentalities while offering a unique experience. In their approach, this sanctuary invites you to bathe with those gentle giants because they are not wild but domesticated animals, allowing people to show them affection.

Feeding the elephants

Baby Elephant at Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

Guests are then shown how to prepare food for the animals. It’s a bit messy but fun, and everyone seems to enjoy being useful. Once the food is 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 look just as happy as human children are.

The Mud Bath

Mud bath with elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

The food is gone much faster than you think, and the group then walks to a nearby muddy water pond. Elephants run into the very brown water and start enjoying themselves. Visitors are hesitant to jump into the water, but it doesn’t last long. Soon everyone is in it, splashing and rubbing the mammals with handfuls of mud. To be honest, I wasn’t sure this was very healthy water. I’m sure I saw the elephant poop in it, but it was quickly scooped away.

Mud bath with elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

The group later moves to a ‘cleaner’ water pond where everyone can rinse the mud away and have another round of fun (not to mention memorable photos). Visitors seem to enjoy the moment splashing and making lots of loud noise. The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket is one of the new attractions opening all around Thailand. The common mindset is that there will be less trekking with more sanctuaries, so you should read what a truly ethical sanctuary means by reading this page about Tree Tops Elephant Reserve.

If you wish to book The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket is simple: talk to your hotel counter.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Info

Location: Kathu
Address: 2/12 Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Visits: Morning 6:30 am – 12.30 pm, Afternoon 11.30 am – 5.30 pm
Phone: 094 663 6592
Prices: Adults: 5,500 THB – Children 7-10: 3,500 THB

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.