You can’t just go to Thailand and not visit an Elephant Sanctuary.
During the last day of our Phuket trip, we knew we had to check out an Elephant Sanctuary while we were in Thailand. Luckily, Green Elephant Sanctuary was near Dream Hotel, in Patong. We made the reservation the morning of (luckily they were still taking bookings) and was picked up by one of their vans in a couple of hours. The price wasn’t that bad, about $75USD. It was totally worth it though! We didn’t know what to expect since it was our first time, but the guide gave us an overview of the history of the sanctuary and of the terrible conditions elephants had to go through everywhere in Asia.
Finally, the guide introduced us to the main residents of the sanctuary. We were all able to get up close and personal with them, and they let us (as long as we gave them food). Jenn (@jennleezy) gave them all hugs!
We had a tour of the compound right after. There were locals that took care of the elephants full-time by living next to them, and their families have been taking care of elephants for many generations. Then the fun part: mud bath! You can get wet and help clean up the elephants. Or you could stay dry if you’re not in the mood to get wet and muddy.
Afterwards, they get a nice shower session!
The entire experience was very memorable! So worth your money and time. You’ll never get this experience at zoos! This whole session took about 3 hours, so it doesn’t take up your entire day. You get a nice lunch afterwards (and it was amazing authentic Thai food)! Thanks for dropping by!