Samui Elephant Haven opened to guests in August 2018 with the objective of providing a safe haven for rescued elephants on Koh Samui. We are motivated by a desire to free elephants from a hard life working in traditional forms of elephant tourism and provide a caring home where the elephants can recover from the trauma of their past and live in nature with peace and dignity.

The inspiration for this project comes from the work of renowned elephant rights advocate, Sangduean ‘Lek’ Chailert. Guided by Lek’s ‘Saddle Off’ model, promoted by 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.

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Saddle Off

We follow the 'Saddle Off' model promoted by Asian Elephant Projects - which means no elephant riding or performances.


No Bathing

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.

Visit Rescued Elephants

The elephants at Samui Elephant Haven have been rescued from street begging, elephant riding, and performing in shows. During this time they sustained physical and psychological injuries. At our sanctuary, these elephants have a second chance at life - one where they are free to express their natural instincts and explore their newfound freedom in nature while being visited by people who respect them. Thank you for supporting ethical elephant tourism.

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