Samui Elephant Tours

Samui Elephant Haven offers morning or afternoon tours with professional, informative, and caring guides.  Guests will learn some fascinating facts about these gentle pachyderms.  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. 

The Haven has many elephants in their care including Somboon and her baby bull Haven, the two nannies Sudarat and Sri Nin, the cheeky girls Molorair, Kwan Samui, and Nong Pech, the boys Plai Bang and Sorn Ram, not to mention Aom and her four-year-old boy Perm Poon. During the tour, guests will meet them all and discover their personal histories. 

 Observing the tightly knit herds socializing 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! 


THB 3,000 per person

THB1,500 for children under 12 years old

Free for children under 4 years old

Morning Tour Itinerary

9:00     Registration

9:15     Introduction video

9:30     Make nutritious rice balls for the elephants and feed them

9:45     Walk with the gentle giants through the park; the walk is taken at the elephant’s 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

12:00     Depart

Afternoon Tour Itinerary

14:00     Registration

14:15     Introduction video

14:30     Make nutritious rice balls for the elephants and feed them

14:45     Walk with the gentle giants through the park; the walk is taken at the elephant’s 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

17:00     Depart


Samui Elephant haven

Feeding the Giants 

Samui Elephant Haven is the most significant ethical sanctuary on Koh Samui. Since opening, almost two years ago, 20 elephants have been rescued from various harrowing industries including trekking, entertainment and logging across Thailand. For many years, these gentle giants have been subjected to abuse and overwork, sometimes with horrific injuries. They all now live in peace in the beautiful park. 

The pandemic, COVID-19, has dramatically affected visitors at Samui Elephant Haven and tourism across the world. The team at the Haven has found creative ways of feeding their many hungry mouths. The mahouts and volunteers have physically cut down banana trees and coconut leaves, received pineapple tops from TIPCO, the most prominent fruit juice provider in Thailand, and is creating community farms for future sustainability with the help of the islands’ hotels.  

 Now that Samui Elephant Haven is open and they can carefully accept small groups because social distancing is becoming more relaxedMaew Suriya, the founder, wants to afford island residents and visitors the opportunity of helping make nutritious rice balls to feed the gentle herd. 

Samui Elephant haven 

The delicious rice balls are made of rice, bran, pumpkin and turmeric and can also contain vitamin supplements or medicine. The balls are a great source of protein and are particularly good for baby and elderly elephants as they are easy to eat and digest; their lack of teeth can make it challenging to chew leaves, roots and trees resulting in gastral problems. They are also a great way of tempting elephants to eat their medication if they are sick. 

Samui Elephant haven feed the Giants



All donations will help take care of the elephants and feed them. 

Or, please telephone or WhatsApp +66 (0) 956286160; email or contact us via Messenger on the button below.

Every day, there will be two fun sessions where children and adults alike can attend a short class and make tasty and nutritious food for the elephants, learn about elephant behaviour and feed the two nannies Sudarat and Sri Nin, the girls Kwan Samui, Moloair and Nong Pech and mum and baby Somboon and Haven.  

 Each day there are two sessions:  

 10.00 to 10.45 – 13:00 to 13:45 – 15:00 to 15:45

 Tiny ones under 4 years old – Free
Little ones 4 – 11 years old – THB500
Big ones 12 years and over – THB1000 


Samui Elephant haven

Imagine being greeted by the trumpeting morning calls of our elephant family before you start your day at Samui Elephant Haven!

We are pleased to announce that the one-week Elephant Volunteer Program is ready to once again welcome volunteers.

This is your chance to volunteer for six nights and seven days on the most beautiful and second largest island in southern Thailand.

This is for groups of 4-5 people and includes accommodation, meals as well as other activities to enjoy.

You will get the full elephant experience learning about these amazing animals and helping us with their daily routine.

Most of the volunteer work will be preparing elephant food and feeding but it can depend on the season as well. If you come during the rainy season volunteers will help with planting banana trees, bamboo or grass. Duties also include cleaning elephant areas and collecting wood for the cooking fires where the elephant’s rice is steamed every day.

Every day you will start by helping in the elephant kitchen preparing elephant snacks like bananas, watermelon, pineapple and pumpkin.  You will help to make elephant sushi along with rice balls for our grandma elephant, who needs soft foods to eat and you will also make your own elephant cake to feed them!

You will also experience Thai culture and our way of life during your stay.

To everyone who has been following our family of elephants, we hope we have the opportunity to welcome you here at the sanctuary one day.

To see Luna destroying cakes and Haven happily enjoying mud baths and watermelon has to be witnessed in person at least once!



Elephant Half-day tour

Prepare many kilos of delicious watermelon for the elephants

Clean the elephants’ swimming pools and enclosures

Elephant poop-scooping duties

Plant trees and grass – elephants have voracious appetites

General maintenance, painting, building fences

Photograph and journal about being an elephant aide

Shadow mahouts

Lunch with guests to talk about the volunteer program

**The activities are depending on suitability**



Monday to Sunday (6 nights, 7 days)

Airport or hotel transfers


Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner unless eating out at markets/local restaurants

Samui Elephant Haven’s bottle bag , volunteer t-shirt and souvenir

Accident insurance (covers only in the area of Samui elephant haven and also not cover about diarrhea)

THB 20,000 per week, per person

Maximum 4-5 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 the point of contact from the home country



Closed-toe shoes


Insect repellant


Light shawl



Comfortable clothing

Plasters and a small first aid kit with antiseptic creams


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.