Are you looking for a little adventure during your holiday? If you are, then how about a ride on an elephant? Where else will you have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed ride on mountain paths through the palm forests on the back of a gentle elephant?
To the Thai people, elephants symbolize strength an therefore, they are worshiped in a special way. A lot of artwork, temples and souvenirs are often decorated with elephants. Moreover, in Thailand, anyone who murders or even beats an elephant may face imprisonment for up to thirty years.
Right now, eight elephants live at our trekking facility which is approximately ten thousand square meters with a small lake where the where the elephants bathe daily. Our facility was designed to meet the special needs of our precious pachyderms. They even receive a yearly check-up from a government appointed veterinarian. He checks their health, immunizes them and makes sure that they are being properly cared for. And so, life for the elephants here in southern Thailand is much easier than in the logging camps of the north. There, elephants had to work very hard dragging and moving huge hardwood trees and only had life expectancies of fifty or sixty years. In contrast carrying tourists is an easy walk in the park and here they can live for eighty or even one hundred years!
Come and have a look at our facility. If you are driving east from Thong Sala, the trekking entrance is located approximately two kilometers before Chaloklum. If you come in the early morning or late afternoon you may have the opportunity to meet our elephants while they are having their daily bath. While there you can play with our friendly monkeys or feed “Champion”, our baby elephant. He loves bananas.
Trekkings are booked daily from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm including Sundays. To ride the elephants you sit in a type of saddle or gondola that is mounted on their backs. The mahout rides on the elephant’s neck and uses leg pressure and a thotti, a special implement to guide the elephant. The half hour trek winds up the mountain through the palms and once on top of the mountain there is a wonderful view of Chaloklum bay, the Chinese temple and the mountains and valleys of Koh Phangan; a great photo opportunity.
Trekking fees are usually 500 baht per person. Trekking is quite popular during the high season so in order to plan the tours more efficiently and minimize waiting times, we are happy to arrange advance bookings. If you book online in advance we guarantee a 10 % discount. Trekking per person is then only 450 Baht. If you wish, our team can pick you up at your resort. We look forward to your visit.