About the Samui Elephant Sanctuary tour

Welcome to Samui Elephant Sanctuary! We offer half day tours where you can feed the elephants, walk with them and see them in their natural surroundings. The tour includes hotel pickups, a delicious vegetarian Thai lunch, accident insurance and water or coffee and tea. Please be aware that this ethical elephant sanctuary doesn’t offer riding or bathing with the elephants. A truly magical experience to see these animals in their natural surroundings!

Tour details

The trip to the sanctuary is available in the morning or afternoon. The trip starts with a pickup from your hotel or villa on Koh Samui, from where we bring you to the Sanctuary. We start with a introductory video on who we are and why the elephants need to be protected. They have been living a harsh life in the tourist or logging industry. That’s why it’s time for them to live a life with the respect and dignity they deserve!

We then start to prepare the food for the elephants. We meet them and feed them: an amazing experience to get this close to them! The elephants love their baskets full of food. Up next is a walk with them through the jungle. This is where you can see them searching for food (if they haven’t had enough yet!). Also, you can see them while they bathe alone or with other elephants in the mud or pool.

Why no elephant bathing?

Elephants really love to bathe alone or with other elephants to socialize. In the water they need to be able to splash, go under water, roll around or cover themselves in mud. When there are people around them, they feel stressed  and it prohibits their natural behavior. That’s why we choose to let them bathe alone in peace. Of course you are able to see them do it!

Thai lunch and complimentary drinks

Depending on the morning or afternoon program, we have a delicious Thai lunch at the beginning or end of the program. This is the time to relax in the peace and tranquility of the elephant sanctuary. Enjoy your lunch and have a look around. We have water, coffee and tea available throughout the day free of charge. It’s best to bring your own refillable water bottle so you will never get thirsty throughout the day.

At the end of the day we bring you back to your hotel or villa on Koh Samui. A half day elephant adventure in one of the few ethical elephant sanctuaries. Book your trip here online now!

Pickup times

  • 07:00 or 13:00 – Taling Ngam
  • 07:10 or 13:00 – Lipa Noi / Plangka
  • 07:20 or 13:10 – Nathon
  • 07:20 or 13:10 – Bang Por
  • 07:30 or 13:30 – Lamai / Hua Thanon
  • 08:00 or 13:30 – Maenam
  • 08:00 or 13:30 – Chaweng
  • 08:00 or 13:30 – Bophut
  • 08:30 or 13:30 – Bangrak/ Choeng Mon

Itinerary

  • Pick up from your hotel or villa anywhere on Samui.
  • Arrival at Samui Elephant Sanctuary, where you will see a video on how and why elephants need to be protected.
  • Our next activity is preparing food for and feeding the elephants. A truly magical experience to be this close to them!
  • After feeding the elephants, we walk with them and see how they behave in nature. You can see them looking for food, bathing in the pool or playing in the mud bath.
  • We then enjoy a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch. The best time to relax and enjoy the beautiful Samui Elephant Sanctuary.
  • You can enjoy complimentary coffe & tea and filtered water during the day.
  • At the end of the program we bring you back to your hotel or villa on Koh Samui.

Samui Elephant Sanctuary prices

Adult price (12+)

THB 2,995

Child price (5-11)

THB 1,595

Infant price (0-4)

FREE

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

Book online!

From: ฿2,995

Pay a deposit of ฿295 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
  • All elephant activities
  • Delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch
  • Water, coffee & tea
  • Travel insurance

What to bring

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

  • Passport details (for insurance)
  • Reusable water bottle for our water dispensers
  • Sunglasses & cap or hat
  • Sunscreen & insect repellant
  • Closed shoes or trainers
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty in

Remarks

What should you know if you go on this tour?

Please wear clothing that is respectful to the Thai culture. Meaning no bikinis, cheeky shorts or low cut tops. During this tour you won’t be able to bathe with the elephants.

Samui Elephant Sanctuary

Welcome to Samui Elephant Sanctuary! We offer tours where you learn about why it’s necessary to take good care of these majestic animals. You can feed them, walk with them and see them playing together, bathing in the pool or looking for food. This is a truly ethical sanctuary as no riding, bathing or chains are allowed here. The elephants in the sanctuary have had a hard life in the tourism or logging business. Now it’s time for them to live happily and peacefully in the surroundings they deserve!

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Elephant care at Samui Elephant Sanctuary
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by ray on Elephant care at Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Sanctuary

Having read all the reviews I’m not really sure what people expect.im as cynical as the next person but the guide was interesting,the stories authentic,the elephants magical , the food superb and a family of wild boar thrown in for good measure.

We as a family had a thought provoking afternoon and the children had smiles all the time.So we would say huge thumbs up.

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