Welcome to Samui Elephant Haven: one of the few true elephant sanctuaries on Koh Samui! This safe haven for elephants started in 2018 and currently has 14 elephants, some of which are babies. The adult elephants were rescued from locations all over Thailand. Some of them worked in the elephant trekking industry. Others came from logging camps where they had to endure harsh situations and days full of heavy lifting work. Fortunately there are people who took the fate of these elephants to heart. One of them is the founder of Samui Elephant Haven, who pledged to rescue as many elephants as possible.
As a tourist you can visit the elephants in their natural surroundings, doing what elephants do: foraging plants, interacting with eachother and taking baths natural pools in Samui elephant haven. Please be welcome for a half day tour where you can experience preparing rice balls for the elephants, feeding them and watching them taking baths! This tour runs twice daily on any day of the week. A hotel pickup & drop off is included in the price, as well as a vegetarian lunch. Book the Samui Elephant Haven excursion here and support the life of these and other elephants in need!
A trip to Samui Elephant Haven is the best you can do to support the future of elephants who have been carrying tourists or logs around. They deserve a better life and a relaxing old day. Samui Elephant Haven provides that. After watching an introduction video it’s time to prepare the food for the elephants. Walk with them around the park in their own pace. Observe them taking a bath, eating your prepared food and enjoy a delicious lunch at the end of the tour.
Learn about the elephants in their natural habitat
Help to prepare food and feed them
Take photos together with the elephants
Vegetarian lunch with tasty Pad Thai spring rolls
Meet baby elephants
Enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner at the end of the tour
We watch a short introduction video together. This tells you the story of Samui Elephant Haven and why it was established. In just 15 minutes you will learn a lot about the past and future of these elephants.
Join the keepers of the park to make rice balls for the elephants. These nutricious balls are made of rice, pumpkin, brand and turmeric. Sometimes they contain medicines or vitamin supplements if the animals need it. When the food is ready it's time to feed them.
Once the animals are done eating, you can watch them and walk with them across the park. We walk in the pace of the elephants to make sure they feel as comfortable as possible. The staff is always around to answer any questions you may have.
When the elephants have rested, it's usually time for some fun action. They like to take a mud bath or play around in one of the natural pools in the park. This is one of the highlights of the day. Be sure to bring your camera as these sights are something to remember!
Are you hungry yet? No problem, the tour includes a healthy vegetarian lunch or dinner, depending on your program. It is served in the small and cozy restaurant in the park, from where you have a nice view on the massive area of Samui Elephant Haven and the elephants.
After lunch or dinner it's time to end the tour. Our driver is waiting for you in his air conditioned minivan to bring you back to your accommodation on Koh Samui. Thank you for visiting Koh Samui Elephant Haven and we hope you share their message when you return home!
At Samui Elephant Haven the elephants are free from chains and hard labour. They can roam around freely and they are not to be played with: an elephant wouldn't do that in their natural surroundings either. The mission of Samui Elephant Haven is to rescue as many elephants as possible so the sanctuary can grow and a larger herd can be formed.
Absolutely! Your children will love interacting with the elephants and can learn a lot from preparing their food and feeding them. We think it's a great idea to show them at a young age that elephants are not meant to be used for hard work but should be part of nature. That's where they feel free and comfortable. You don't need to book tickets for children below 5 years old as they are free to join if they are accompanied by at least one paying adult.
We are open year round, rain or sunshine. The elephants enjoy the rain as they can have fun in the mud and water. Don’t worry about the weather: if it’s necessary we’ll provide rain coats and umbrellas. Visiting Samui Elephant Haven during a rainy day is something special!
The lunch at Samui Elephant Haven is a vegetarian set lunch with different Thai dishes available. The dishes depend on the season and availability. One fixed item on the menu is delicious Pad Thai spring rolls. You can also expect rice dishes and/or stir fried or curry dishes.
You can cancel your booking for free up until 24 hours in advance of the tour start date, no questions asked. We’ll refund you the deposit or you can choose to use it as an advance to a different booking or tour.