What’s Up Phuket! | Ethical Elephant Adventures
Phuket is one of the strongest tourist destinations of Thailand and it is continuously booming. There are so many attractions and activities that you can enjoy. One of them is visiting the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
Visiting this place is heaven on earth specially for animal lovers. You get to know the elephants and their back up stories and learn the different ways to help them.
December of last year was indeed a memorable experience for me. I visited the camp for half a day and it was not enough. Knowing the elephants’ experiences, being educated on how they survive, preparing their food, feeding, bathing and cleaning them was a once in a lifetime experience that I thought will never happen again.
I am very lucky that I was invited to visit all the sanctuaries! Monday morning I visited the same camp last year, Camp 1 at Tambon Sa Khu; in the afternoon I went to Camp 2 at Phang Muang Sai Kor. I have not yet recovered from an amazing whole day experience at Camps 1 and 2. But right away, the next day at exactly 6:45 of Tuesday morning, I was picked up by the camp driver to visit the newest Camp 3 in Tambon Kathu near Kathu Faterwalls. Indeed the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is getting bigger. It means they are saving more and more elephants from working as loggers, performers and riders.
Here is what to expect in Half Day and Full Day Trip at the Sanctuary.
Camp Ride Service
The sanctuary will pick you up and send you back to your accommodation. This is part of the fee for both half and full day visitors.
Once you arrived at the camp, you will be informed about the things that you are going to do and not to do. At the same time you will learn about the Elephants’ lives and experiences particularly the once who are living in the camp.
The fun begins! You will be given a spot on what food you will arrange. Most of the time the elephants at the camp eat bananas, watermelons, corn and sugar canes. After preparing you will then carry the baskets to the feeding area.
The goosebumps moment! Once all the food are well arranged at the feeding area, the elephants then will arrive. If it is your first time, don’t panic! I know what you feel, emotions that can’t be explained in a single adjective. Happiness, amusement, nervousness, excitement – all in one! This will be the time you will see some elephants excited for food and people’s affection. Everyone is encouraged to give lots of love to all specially to adult giants who suffered a lot most of their lives living as an exploited animal outside the camp.
Like the ride service, food is part of your fee. The camp prepares food for everyone whether you are a meat eater or a vegetarian like me!
Play Time! This is one of the most exciting moments that I regret that I did not try last time. And I did it now, finally. I bet Mud bath is the best time for the giants since this is their ultimate play ground.
Note: Remember to always stay in front or by their side and never at the back specially when they are lying down.
My favourite! Swimming time is where you will scrape all the remaining mud in their bodies and because they are well taken care of most probably there will be a little feeding time again.
What is special if you are a Full Day Visitor?
All of these activities are part of the half and whole day visits. Here are the additional activities for the whole day visitor.
Heart to heart moment. Not everyone do this quality moments with the elephants. I am so happy to be given an opportunity to have bonding time with Natalie and her son, Choke.
Since the elephants has siesta and also break time for the staff. The whole day visitors will be sent to the beach for an hour of sun bathing and swimming. Did you see that! you are targeting lots of amazing fun activities in one shot. After the beach time you will be sent to Camp 2 to join the afternoon session.
What to expect at Camp 3?
Since I was given an chance to visit the newest camp at Tambon Kathu. This is the best platform to share to all of you what to expect in the newest sanctuary, all pictures that are posted here were taken at Camp 3.(except for Natalie and Choke’s picture at Camp 1)
This sanctuary is my sentimental favourite. It’s super huge and it does look like a resort for the elephants. All camps have mud pool, swimming pool, dining area, briefing area and shower rooms but camp 3 is pure beauty!
The most important thing to do at the camp is to have fun, be safe and make friends!
It’s time to watch a short video dedicated to all the elephants at camps 1,2 and 3!
Let’s keep on supporting this amazing mission to save the elephants forever! Remember “Only humans can ensure the elephants future.”