🏨 Koh Samui: Half-Day Etihcal Elephant Observation Tour Activity - Travel Guide

Koh Samui: Half-Day Etihcal Elephant Observation Tour

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From $112.52

14 reviews   (5.00)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Ko Samui, Ko Samui

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Pickup from your hotel to Samui Elephant Sanctuary to meet the home of 6 retired elephants which is listed by World Animal Protection. Watching the wildlife animals play in the mud and bathe in the ponds by themselves and you will learn from our experienced tour guide with our elephants. The Thai vegetarian buffet will be serves during the time you watching the elephants enjoy their own time. This program is suitable with all ages and please note that the activities is not offer bathe and muddy with elephant.They need space to splash, roll around, submerge, and cover themselves in mud. Elephants like peace and quiet, not loud groups of visitors throwing mud or buckets of water at them. If people are crowding around them, it is very stressful for the elephants. Also, the mahout (handler) needs to control the elephant by forcing it to stand still or lie down, not giving any freedom for the elephant to play.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Coffee and/or Tea

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • CHILD: Age: 4 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Public transportation options are available nearby

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.


Val H, 26-03-2020
a wonderful if sometime upsetting visit when you hear about the trauma that these lovely animals have been through before being rescued. It was a wonderful experience meeting, feeding and being so close to these amazing animals.
Great, unique experience
marktweedie, 26-09-2022
The tour was amazing feeding the elephants and bathing them in the mud spa, fully ethical and all of the staff are so kind. Lunch included was great and cooked fresh
553martinaw, 10-03-2020
Great tour, it was very peaceful.
I like the fact that all the money we paid for this will be used to save more elephants.
Can’t miss.
Patrik_B, 19-12-2021
Just brilliant. Lovely hosts who truly care about the elephants. As a Swede a big bonus was that I got to prepare ‘meatballs’ for the elephants (vegan of course). Cant recommend highly enough.
Number 1 in Samui. Life changing experience.
Go34385327977, 22-03-2022
I was visiting Koh Samui on business and by chance stopped off when I saw the sign for the elephant sanctuary. Normally they don’t allow this but a tour was just finishing so I was allowed to prepare some food for the two female elephants.

My contact was Kwan who was lovely, she guided me through all the information about all the sanctuary. It was really to sad to see two Mahoots had been let go due to not enough money coming in due to Covid.

I beg you all to donate £100 to this absolutely amazing sanctuary, the elephants eat 10% of their own bodyweight every day. The staff are amazing and I wish them all the success in the world.

If EVER you are in Samui, please book and donate to the upkeep of these gorgeous mammals. I have had the most wonderful experience of my life today.

Amazing experience highly recommended
christD7058BF, 02-01-2023
Amazing half day activity. Staff were very knowledgeable and are making a concerted effort to change elephant tourism in Thailand for the better. Great lunch. Very intimate moments with the gentle giants. Highly recommend.
theegspot, 14-12-2022
I would highly recommend choosing this elephant tour over the others. They are very kind to the rescued animals. Some of the others let you bathe and ride the elephants, which isn't ethical. The guide/trainers are very knowledgeable on not just elephants, but these specific elephants' past. These are rescued animals. They were previously used in the logging industry under horrible conditions. They treat the elephants like family. It's really great. Paying for this tour in particular helps fund their effort. You also get to help prepare food for the elephants.

There is also a wonderful lunch for you at the end. I was definitely hungry and it tasted fantastic.
Help rescue more elephants by having a lovely day out !!
Le0nnaM, 11-12-2022
Please if you come to Koh Samui do this trip.
A beautiful warm place for the heart and soul.
The staff are brilliant and the animals are free to roam. No chains, ropes or even raised voices. Just encouraged to let you close to touch and see with food. This is the only way we should these wild animals up close if you want to. They are all rescued from the riding centres and logging business. So have a nice life now in retirement.
The lunch we had afterwards was really nice food and all soft drinks tea coffee included as well. And best of all you are paying to help them rescue more.
Thank you xx
Beautiful visit to learn and care about the elephants.
Karen J, 23-11-2022
A visit to the Bophut Elephant sanctuary was a charming, genuine and admiring adventure for me.
The care and true compassion that the elephant caretakers, the guides, the people who we don’t see, all believe in the same strength and desire to see these gracious creatures live out their lives with humility, freedom and expert care. It was an easy and well constructed afternoon where safety was first by understanding elephant behaviour. Great care was taken to share information with us so we too could feel our attention meant as much to the elephants as to ourselves. I learned a great deal in a wonderful environment.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Family Fun to Support Rescued Elephants
DSESingapore, 21-10-2022
The half-day trip was a great experience. The whole family enjoyed learning and being amongst the rescued elephants. I appreciated that this opportunity supports a healthier alternative to the logging and abusive entertainment-type elephant experiences.