Samui Elephant Haven

Welcome to Samui Elephant Haven! Here you can see how these animals are supposed to live. This trip includes hotel or villa transfers to and from any location on Samui, a delicious Thai buffet dinner or lunch (depending on the morning or afternoon activity), an English speaking guide, accident insurance, coffee/tea & water, and all the elephant activities during the morning or afternoon.

Tour details

You can choose a morning or afternoon departure for this tour. The only difference is that the morning tour includes a vegetarian Thai lunch buffet, and the afternoon departure includes a delicious vegetarian Thai dinner. The rest of the program is the same.

We start the trip with a pickup from your hotel or villa on Koh Samui. Our air conditioned van will take you to Samui Elephant Haven, which is conveniently located close to the tourist center of Koh Samui. On arrival we watch a video together that explains what we want to accomplish with the sanctuary: to provide a safe haven for as many elephants as possible.

We then prepare vegetables and fruit and start feeding them. An amazing opportunity to get close to the elephants! They will love the treat. We then walk with them through the jungle where we can see how they behave when they feel calm and relaxed. They will look for food and play with eachother. We then move over to the mud and water pool, where you can see the elephants bathing and playing in the water.

Why no elephant bathing?

We made the choice not to offer elephant bathing. That’s because the elephants need to be able to roll around in the water or mud. Besides that, they like to be in the water alone or with other elephants to socialize. When humans are involved the elephants get stressed out. We care most about the wellbeing of the elephants, that’s why you won’t be able to bathe with them. You can however see them bathe!

Food & drinks

The morning tour includes a complimentary lunch. The buffet lunch is vegetarian and has a number of options for young and old. The afternoon tour includes a vegetarian Thai buffet dinner. During the day you can get free coffe or tea and water. Please bring a reusable water bottle that you can fill up to stay hydrated. Especially during the hot season!

At the end of the tour we bring you back to your hotel or villa. Book this amazing ethical elephant care experience online now!

Pickup times

Morning tour

  • 7.20 – 7.40 Lipa Noi – Plangkla area
  • 7.30 – 7.50 Nathon/ Lamai/ Hua Thanon area
  • 8.20 – 8.40 Bangrak/  Choeng Mon area
  • 8.00 – 8.20 Chaweng area
  • 8:00 – 8.20 Maenam area
  • 7.50 – 8.10 Bang Po/ Pralann area
  • 8.10 – 8.30 Bophut area

Afternoon tour

  • 13.00 – 13.20 Lipa Noi – Plangkla area
  • 13.10 – 13.10 Nathon/ Lamai/ Hua Thanon area
  • 13.30 – 13.50 Bangrak/  Choeng Mon area
  • 13.30 – 13.50 Chaweng area
  • 13:30 – 13.50 Maenam area
  • 13.20 – 13.40 Bang Po/ Pralann area
  • 13.30 – 13.50 Bophut area


  • Hotel pick up in a minivan
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables and feed the elephants – a close encounter with these gentle giants
  • Walk with the elephants and observe them interacting and foraging on native plants
  • Observe the elephants cool off in their pool and play together – take photos & video
  • Watch the elephants take a mud bath – the mud protects their skin from insects & the sun
  • Enjoy a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch at the end of the morning visit
  • Enjoy a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet dinner at the end of the afternoon visit
  • Complimentary filtered water, coffee and tea
  • Transfer back to your hotel

Samui Elephant Haven tour prices

Adult price (12+)

THB 2,995

Child price (5-11)

THB 1,495

Infant price (0-4)


  • 3-4 hour tour
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Instant booking

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From: ฿2,995

Pay a deposit of ฿695 per person. The remaining balance can be paid on tour.

Tour includes

What is included in the price for this tour?

  • Round trip transfer from your hotel
  • Vegetarian Thai lunch or dinner
  • Coffee/tea & water
  • All elephant activities
  • Accident insurance

What to bring

What should you take with you if you go on this trip?

  • Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty in
  • Sunscreen & sun cap or hat
  • Closed shoes or trainers
  • A reusable water bottle to refill water
  • Passport details for the accident insurance
  • Camera


What should you know if you go on this tour?

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in. Please respect the local culture and wear modest clothing: no bikinis, very short shorts or tight tops. The tour does not include elephant bathing as that stresses the elephants too much.

Samui Elephant Haven

This trip takes you to one of the few ethical elephant sanctuaries on Koh Samui: Samui Elephant Haven. Enjoy feeding and watching these majestic animals in their natural surroundings. The elephants here (except for the baby elephants) have a harsh history working in the tourist or logging industry. Now they are where they deserve: a quiet and peaceful place where they can be themselves!

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Half day elephant care at Samui Elephant Haven
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by john dempsey on Half day elephant care at Samui Elephant Haven
Fantastic beasts

Excellent visit guided by caring and committed keepers.
You can get up close and feed the elephants as well as learn about their different personalities.
When you understand how many elephants are still treated so cruely it is great to make a contribution to this sanctuary.

by Alexis on Half day elephant care at Samui Elephant Haven

Lovely trip to this peaceful place. The elephants are in good condition and very well taken care of. Recommended half day trip

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