Samui Elephant Haven was opened to guests in August 2018 with the objective of providing a safe haven for rescued elephants. It is the ‘sister’ project of Samui Elephant Sanctuary – the first ethical elephant sanctuary on the beautiful island, Koh Samui. The two projects are motivated by the common goal of freeing elephants from a hard life working in traditional forms of elephant tourism and providing a caring home where the elephants can recover from the trauma of their past and live with peace and dignity.
The inspiration for this project comes from the work of renowned elephant rights advocate, Sangduen ‘Lek’ Chailert. Guided by Lek’s ‘Saddle Off’ model as promoted through Save Elephant Foundation and Asian Elephant Projects, we have embraced this evolution in elephant tourism.
Guests to Samui Elephant Haven have the unforgettable experience of learning about elephants while feeding them and observing their spontaneous behaviour – playing together in their custom-built pool and mud pit, communicating with each other using vocalisations and their trunks, as well as foraging while roaming the tropical grounds. Our goal is simple – to provide a happy, loving home for our herd of rescued elephants where visitors can come and experience the majesty of these remarkable animals in nature.
We follow the 'Saddle Off' model promoted by Asian Elephant Projects - which means no elephant riding or performances.
We do not offer bathing - this allows the elephants to relax and play together more enthusiastically.
Respect for Elephants
We ask that guests respect the elephants and listen to the advice of your tour guide. Never walk close behind an elephant or startle them.