Elephant Retirement Park Phuket, Choeng Thale

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#21 of 257 in Wildlife in Phuket
Nature / Wildlife Tour · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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  • Great experience lead by Big. To start with lunch in a private area by the waterfall, quick pad Thai cooking demonstration, preparing food for elephants and feeding, preparing natural moisturiser for....  more
    Great experience lead by Big. To start with lunch in a private area by the waterfall, quick pad Thai cooking demonstration, preparing food for elephants and feeding, preparing natural moisturiser for....  more »
  • wonderful hands on experience with these amazing creatures. Well looked after, great communication via Whatsapp. Staff obvioulsy care about the animals. Bonus that the lunch provided was... 
    wonderful hands on experience with these amazing creatures. Well looked after, great communication via Whatsapp. Staff obvioulsy care about the animals. Bonus that the lunch provided was...  more »
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  • Great experience lead by Big. To start with lunch in a private area by the waterfall, quick pad Thai cooking demonstration, preparing food for elephants and feeding, preparing natural moisturiser for elephant and then mud and water bathing. Excellent day and would recommend. You can really see the elephants are happy and well looker after and able to live in a natural habitat. Bonus they all take photos for you (included in our ticket anyway) so you don’t have to worry about that! Great afternoon. Lunch was also very delicious!
  • Let me explain the day of these 10 elephants: they get fed the same bananas and canes all day while locked up in one of these pens (see picture). After that the elephants get to shower with the tourist, then a mud bath, then a swim. If you think this is a normal day for an elephant, fine, you'll definitely enjoy this place. Also, the "rangers" (???) were yelling at the elephants, telling them to follow. The rangers would pull the elephants along by their tusks or ears if they didn't listen. My gut couldn't handle this place. But hey, you do get what's advertised. If you've got the moral compass of a circus owner, you'll definitely love this!

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