Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Tour

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Activity provider: My Phuket

Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Tour

Activity provider: My Phuket
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From US$ 105.70 US$ 95.13 per person


Visit the Lake Phuket Elephant Nursery, a forest home for elephants in northern Phuket. Interact with the rescued elephants as they forage and bathe in their natural surroundings.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Thai
Pickup included
Pickup from hotels in Phuket Town, Maikhao, Naiyang, Naithorn, Bangtao, Patong, Kamala, Surin, Bangtao, Laem Hin Pier and Natai Beach (Phang nga Area). Please be ready 15 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.


  • Take an Elephant Care Class
  • Stroll through the forest with the elephants
  • Bathe in the lake, help clean the elephants and take a refreshing swim
  • Enjoy a Thai cooking class and lunch
  • Learn about the elephants, their behavior and prepare their food
Full description

Discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable, and ethical environment with this guided tour to the Lake Phuket Elephant Nursery. Travel from your hotel in Phuket in an airconditioned vehicle. Enjoy a delicious lunch and a cooking class during your tour. 

Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation in a spacious vehicle. From there, take a scenic drive through jungle to the sanctuary. Meet your guide and learn a little more about the elephants before gathering up some bananas and cane sugar. 

Follow your guide through the forest to where the elephants are resting up in the hills and watch as they happily eat the bananas and sugar cane. Walk with the elephants down from the hill. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with these majestic creatures. 

Learn about their lifestyle and behaviors from your guide. Go with the elephants to a nearby lake and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. 

Once the elephants are clean, you take some final photos with them. Part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Sit down to a set menu lunch and a dish from a Thai Cooking Class. Eat seasonal fruits before heading back to your hotel.

  • Shared or private return transfer
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Thai Cooking Class - 1 dish
  • Gratuities

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
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4.9 /5

based on 93 reviews

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The whole experience was very calm and relaxed. We enjoyed hearing about the elephants but also that tourism is picking up and things are looking better from a financial standpoint. There were 3 elephants, one was 40 years old, you can tell how strong they are by how they move, but when taking sugarcanes or bananas from you, you can tell that they are also gentle when they want to be. We fed them some snacks, took pictures then brushed them in the lake and took some more pictures. Overall it was a nice experience, especially because it was a small group, 4 people in total and we all had time to interact with the elephants. The lunch was also really tasty. I would recommend this to anyone who wants more than just taking a picture with the elephants.

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March 28, 2023

What a unique experience!! The guide Deang was very nice, knowledgeable and spoke very good English. Every step of the tour we were entertained by his knowledge, he definitely cares about elephants and makes sure they are well treated. But what makes this tour special is seeing elephants in the nature, being closed to them, feed them and bathe with them is definitely a special moment. We were in a small group (4 people), in my opinion, bigger group is not comfortable for both people and for animals. I highly recommend to take part of this tour!

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March 28, 2023

We had an amazing time on this excursion. There was two of us with another couple and their 18 month old. The sanctuary has 3 elephants that are well taken care of. We found that we got so much time with each elephant due to it being such a small group, from feeding and walking with them to washing and playing with them. All of the guides and staff were so friendly and helpful. As soon as we arrived we felt comfortable enough to leave our things at the table knowing they would be safe (though lockers are available if you wish). If you choose to you can take your phone and camera with you for pictures, but if you choose not to the guides are on hand to take pictures of their own, which are then sent to you at the end of the day. We would highly recommend this place to anybody visiting the island that wishes to have a 10/10 experience with elephants in a happy and lighthearted manner. Thank you very much!

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March 28, 2023

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