Parks to Experience Elephant Riding in Phuket Thailand

July 31, 2019
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There are many things to do in Phuket that a few days would not be enough to do them all. From beaches to rainforests and waterfalls to other inland sights, you experience many things. However, there’s one thing that will always complete your Thailand visit—close encounters with the elephants. The country is known for its elephants, and in Phuket, there are several parks you can visit to experience elephant riding. Here are the top picks:


1. Elephant Retirement Park Phuket


The Elephant Retirement Park Phuket is a sanctuary for retired working and rescued elephants. Elephants here are free to roam around and go to the jungle. Visitors get to know about the amazing elephants that live in the park and experience how to care for them.

2. Elephant Kalim Garden

At Elephant Kalim Garden, you can ride on an elephant and take a jungle walk near Patong Beach. Elephant trekking can last between half an hour and one hour.

3. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket

The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket is dubbed as the most ethical elephant sanctuary in Phuket. Visitors get to tour the park and have a close encounter with the elephants. They can swim with elephants, bathe, and feed them.

4. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket’s first ethical elephant sanctuary, the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is home for the retired working elephants. Visitors can observe how the elephants rehabilitate into forest life after years of overworking in the logging and tourism industry. Visitors can feed, bathe, and socialize with them as they roam freely.

5. Phang Nga Elephant Park

Phang Nga Elephant Park is a small family-run park that puts utmost importance on animal welfare. Visitors can experience how to be a mahout (handler), care for the elephants, feed, bathe, and ride them bareback.

6. Samphran Elephant Zoo

Located in the Samphran District, the Samphran Elephant Zoo is where you can witness a show featuring elephants who play a leading role. Visitors can also take pictures with the animals at close range.

7. Baanchang Elephant Park

Baanchang Elephant Park is an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai run by a small family. There’s no riding activity in the park, but visitors get to interact with the animals in their natural environment. They can cook food for the elephants, feed, and bathe them.

8. Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary

Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary rescues elephant and rehabilitates them in a natural environment. Visitors are educated about the elephants through hands-on experience in preparing foods and medicines for them.

9. Maetaeng Elephant Park

Maetaeng Elephant Park is an elephant park and clinic in Chiang Mai, nestled on the banks of the Maetaeng River. It offers an up-close experience with the elephants, including elephant trekking, elephant show, bamboo rafting, and ox-cart riding.

10. Maerim Elephant Sanctuary

Maerim Elephant Sanctuary provides visitors a wonderful experience with the elephants without riding, hurting, or exploiting them. Visitors can experience taking care of the animals, from gathering their food to preparing their medicines, also feeding and bathing with them.


Most elephant parks in Phuket are dedicated to caring for the rescued and retired elephants. It is a great experience for visitors to learn how to care for them while interacting with animals.

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