Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket Thailand – Top things to do in Phuket
Ever been curious about interacting with elephants in Thailand? We were! Here is a short recap of our experience at Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, an ethical elephant interacting environment.
We looked all over for the top things to do in Phuket. While there were many options, we knew we wanted to interact with elephants in a non-riding, humane environment. That actually only left us with a few options. We went to the Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary as they had great reviews, prices, and were partnered with the resort we stayed at, the Twin Palms Phuket.
The ticket to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket was a total of 2,500 Baht which includes a pick-up from your hotel at either 7:30 am if you’re doing a morning visit or 1:30pm if you’re doing an afternoon visit. Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is located in Naithon Beach, which is about an hour north of Phuket, give or take.
Upon arrival at the Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, they provided a quick snack and water as they go over the itinerary and rules. Then we got busy peeling bananas, LOTS and LOTS of bananas, or whichever fruit is in season. The elephants were more than ready and happy to eat. Feeding them was a very neat experience. Their mouths and tongues are so big that you actually have to stick your hand in their mouth and put the food on their tongues. Say “BON!” and they open right up. Something else that we thought was cool was that there were so many elephants that a lot of the time we were able to interact with one, just ourselves.
After a good amount feeding, the elephants were just about ready to play. Our favorite little elephant playmate at the elephant jungle sanctuary Phuket was a little guy they nicknamed Justin Bieber, as they said he’s a troublemaker. He was a wild two-year-old elephant and he was definitely the life of the party. The instructors at the elephant jungle sanctuary Phuket warned us to be wary of getting too close to Justin because he is wildly uncoordinated. If I had listened, I wouldn’t have gotten stepped on by him when he lost his balance trying to break open some fruit.
Washing the elephants came next. It was very entertaining to watch them all scurry into the mud, most entertaining, of course, was Justin. If you thought you could possibly get through the day without being drenched in mud, you would be wrong, so be prepared to get dirty! It was about a half hour of rubbing mud all over the elephants while they played and laid around. Then came the splashing and the rinsing, which the elephants were delighted to help with.
All that remained to do then was eat. They served a delicious Thai style buffet lunch with water and the option for other refreshments and alcohol for purchase. They also gave out ponchos and other small gifts to raise awareness of their cause. Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary had tons of small and large handmade figurines for sale by local vendors.
The Phuket Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is a top things to do in Phuket. We had a great time reliving and putting together this review – thanks for reading. For more information, click here.