Samui Elephant Tours

Samui Elephant Haven offers morning and afternoon tours with professional, informative and caring guides. Guests discover the individual history of each of the elephants and learn some fascinating facts about these gentle giants. The emphasis is on observing the elephants interact, play and express their instincts in a habitat that would be natural to them and with limited human interaction.

Observing the tightly knit herds socialising freely, communicating with each other and providing comical ‘turns’ is an experience a visitor will never forget!

There are many photography opportunities; guests are reminded not to forget their cameras.

Our Samui elephant tours do not offer riding, bathing or feeding activities.

Guests are picked up in a minivan
A warm welcome, light nibbles, tea, coffee and water
Introduction video
Provision of fruit and vegetables to feed the elephants – guests are asked to wash their hands before feeding them
Walk with the gentle giants through the park; this is taken at the elephants’ pace to ensure that guests have as much time with them as possible
Observe the elephants taking a mud bath or bathing in one of their many pools
Enjoy a traditional vegetarian Thai meal at the end of the tour. The restaurant overlooks one of the elephants’ swimming pools
Transfer back to hotel


Samui Elephant Tours Volunteers Programme
Elephant Aides Required

Samui Elephant Haven offers a limited number of weekly guests the exciting opportunity to experience a full immersion programme and learn everything there is to know about elephants and the local culture.

The elephant’s aides spend six nights and seven days at Samui Elephant Haven in simple bamboo cottages that boast incredible views across the park, elephants’ swimming pool, the jungle, Gulf of Thailand and the island of Koh Phangan. Probably one of the most outstanding and humbling views to wake up to each morning.

Being an aide requires stamina; the day is packed full of exciting and essential jobs which ensure the maintenance of the best environment in which the elephants live.

Each day starts with feeding the chickens that cluck around the park and collecting eggs for breakfast. The aides are joining the Samui Elephant Haven family, so will eat all meals with the founders, mahouts, the rest of the elephant team and tour visitors. Every morning, Maew presents guests with a list of responsibilities and activities that will take place throughout the day; and includes preparing food for the elephants, cleaning their swimming pools and enclosures, helping plant trees and grass throughout the park and of course collecting ele’ poop for the manure pile. It’s not all hard work, there is time for a traditional Thai massage, walks on the beach, a Muay Thai introduction, a cooking class, and exploring a local night walking market.

This extraordinary experience is available for a maximum of five guests each week. There is one single, and two twin bamboo bungalows available at the highest point of the Haven. The Elephant Aides programme is one of the most comprehensive in Thailand as it allows guests the opportunity to explore the local culture and people.

Prepare many kilo’s of delicious watermelon for the elephants
Clean the elephants’ swimming pools and enclosures
Elephant poop-scooping duties
Plant trees and grass – elephants have varacious appetites
General maintenance, painting, build fences
Photograph and journal about being an elephant aide
Shadow mahouts
Lunch with guests to talk about the volunteer programme
Feed chickens and collect eggs for breakfast

Monday to Sunday (6 nights, 7 days)

Accommodation in a single or twin bamboo cottage (single occupancy in a twin room is possible)
Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner unless eating out at markets/local restaurants
Trash Hero reusable water bottle
Airport or hotel transfers
Samui Elephant Haven volunteer t-shirt
Samui Elephant Haven cap
Muay Thai, cooking class, night market transfers
THB18,000 per week, per person (single supplement 50%) in twin room
Maximum five people
Ensure all relevant vaccinations are up-to-date; this must include tetanus. Check with your local doctor
Holiday insurance to include medical cover
Follow ALL safety rules upon arrival. Elephants are big, wild animals
Provide contact details of point of contact from home country
Muay Thai lesson with Maew – he has many hidden talents
Cooking class and prepare lunch for the guests and other volunteers
Identify local plants and herbs with the guides
Traditional Thai massage
Experience the vibrant night-time walking markets and the delicious ‘local’ food
Beach time
‘Maew Talks’ – an evening discussing elephant behaviours and an intimate understanding of the history of the Haven’s elephants
Closed-toe shoes (we will provide rubber boots)
Insect repellant
Light shawl
Gardening gloves
Natural clothing
Plasters and a small first aid kit with antiseptic creams

Guests may want to stay for additional nights in Koh Samui. Samui Elephant Haven have partnered with Tongsai Bay. They have impeccable green projects and are environmentally friendly.

Additional volunteering opportunities:

Cat and Dog Rescue


Samui Elephant Haven School for Children

Various ethical projects run in parallel with multiple school curriculums or with students that have an interest in conservation, nature and animals.  Samui Elephant Haven encourages youngsters and the community to be involved with the protection of the official national animal of Thailand.