Take a bath with the elephants
Returning from the forest trekHappy elephants in the forest campTime to get hands-on for the scrub down

Elephant Trekking & Elephant Bathing Tour

4.6 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

900 ฿ (adult) / 600 ฿ (child)

This tour is fully booked on 23 November (morning session).

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  • AVAILABILITY: Daily, all year round, except 1 Jan and 13 – 15 April
  • MODE OF TRANSPORT: Covered pick up truck
  • APPROXIMATE TIMING: 09.00 – 12.30 (morning) OR 14.00 – 17.30 (afternoon)
  • ITINERARY: This half day tour is highly recommended for elephant lovers. The family run camp is in the borders of the National Park at Phanom Bencha, and treats their animals comparatively very well.

    You will start the tour with a one hour trek through the forest, following the river for part of the way. Then you will stop and learn about the elephants and be given instruction on their bathing habits. Then it’s time to go into the river with them! The water is shallow and you can be as “hands on” as you like. The mahouts will help you to climb on their back if desired; the elephants are very gentle and relaxed, as they look forward to their daily shower time and enjoy a good scrub. Note: there is a 40 – 50 min (approx.) transfer time each way for this trip.

    Expected group size: 2 – 12 pax, depending on the day and time of year.

    FURTHER READING:
    More info on elephant trekking in Krabi.
    Detailed trip report
    General info on booking tours via this website.

    Last updated: November 21, 2016

    Included in tour price:
    • Round trip hotel transfers (see "Pick Up Info" for details)
    • Fruit; bottled drinking water
    • Licensed local guide
    • National Park entry fee
    • Basic accident insurance
    What to bring:
    • Camera
    • Swimming gear and / or change of clothes
    • Appropriate footwear (non-slip shoes)
    • Adequate sun protection (cream, glasses hat)
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Beach towel
    • Your own snacks (if required)
    PICK UP TIMES AND PLACES:

    (Morning) Tubkaek & Klong Muang @ 08.00 || Ao Nang @ 08.30 || Ao Nam Mao @ 08.45 || Krabi Town @ 09.00
    (Afternoon) Tubkaek & Klong Muang @ 13.00 || Ao Nang @ 13.30 || Ao Nam Mao @ 13.45 || Krabi Town @ 14.00

    Door-to-door transfers from / to hotels in the above areas are included in your ticket price. If your hotel is in Railay, Centara Grand, or not in one of the listed pick up areas, you will need to come to a convenient meeting point within the zone (further directions will be provided following booking). For further info about pick-up, see also "What to expect on a group tour".

    11 reviews for Elephant Trekking & Elephant Bathing Tour

    1. 5 out of 5

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      I would like to give some feedback on the particular company you have selected to use… They are kind to their animals, in a beautiful place, the hook was not used once and they seemed to love their elephants. Your website and the selection of tours was actually the reason we decided to spend a lot of extra $$ and travel to ao nang as we did not want to support what seemed to be cruel and unnatural habitat that the trekking company in Phuket had.
      Your service has been A+ and will be telling all my friends that are coming over soon to book through you. My only regret is that we are not here longer to book more tours, however I will be returning in the next 12 months and intend to stay here again.

    2. 5 out of 5

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      A small 4 Elephant camp. Very nice trek through the very beautiful forest. My daughter even got to sit behind the Mahout. The Elephants are very nice kept. Overnight they are in the Forest in the daytime the swim and eat. We got to feed them with bananas and bathed with them. I can only recommend. very small and very nice and they are very kind to their Elephants.

    3. 5 out of 5

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      I did a lot of research into a trip to visit elephants, due to ethical concerns, and believe I found one of the best going. This camp offered us the opportunity to interact with these amazing creatures and allowed me to fulfil a lifetime dream of bathing with an elephant and giving it a scrub.
      There was not a chain in sight, and the only use of the mahoot’s hook was to give the elephant a little scratch or knock off an annoying bug.
      Your Krabi offered the best price that I could find for this sort of experience – B900 per person and I would thoroughly recommend.

    4. 5 out of 5

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      After a lot of research into the elephant camps in Krabi, I came across [this camp] through yourkrabi.com and found them to be an excellent and ethical tour operator.

      The elephants are treated very well, with no visible scars or mistreatment. We chose the Elephant Bathing program which we had a lot of fun scrubbing down our elephant after the trek.

      Highly recommended this tour, as its the same price offered for other elephant treks run by not so ethical companies. Thank you Seema and your wonderful recommendation, this was by far the best day we spent in Krabi!

    5. 4 out of 5

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      Like everyone else, I searched through the internet and TripAdvisor for non abusive elephant trekking camps and I came across [this one]. There are about 5-6 elephants there and the camp looks very clean and well shaded. The elephants looks healthy and there are no visible signs of abuse. I was told by the mahouts and those who run the camp that the elephants do not do more than 4 rides per day. The ride itself was very exciting as I love elephants and I nearly broke down when I went up the elephant. It was like a dream come true! The ride took us through the jungle and across some streams. Most of the time it was quite shady and at times the elephant stopped to feed on the leaves and grasses. However I saw the mahout carrying a bullhook but I did not see him using it on the elephant. After the ride which lasted about an hour, we had the chance to bathe the elephants. This was the best part of the activity as elephants love water. You could see how happy she was. I was elated as I got to ride on top of the elephant while bathing her. Once the bathing was done, we were treated to bottled mineral water and fresh pineapples at the tourist rest area. Overall, it was an amazing experience.

      Afternote: I wrote this review as I feel that this is a good elephant trekking camp that cares for it’s elephants. This is a personal observation. However after reading up and watching videos on “why you shouldn’t ride an elephant” I think this will be my last elephant ride. Don’t get me wrong, the elephants there were not abused at all, this is just a personal opinion

    6. 5 out of 5

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      Like all previous reviewers, I was very concerned with the ethical treatment of the animals. This camp does a lovely job with their pachyderms. There were no visible scars, the elephants looked healthy, the mahouts were kind. I did a lot of research and these guys are the only certified sanctuary in Southern Thailand. I don’t know that I’ll ever ride another elephant, just because of the nastiness in the industry, but all in all these guys do a top notch job and I wish them well. This was one of 3 tours we booked with yourkrabi and all were excellent and went off without a hitch.

    7. 5 out of 5

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      I would just like to thank everyone at YOUR KRABI for such an amazing excursion yesterday on the elephants. It was fantastic.

    8. 2 out of 5

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      After reading all of the great reviews my friends and I decided to book this trip. All the reviews are wrong!!! We felt so guilty about paying for this and did not even enjoy our experience because our how poorly the elephants were treated. They carried a bull hook and every time the elephant did not do as told they were stabbed with the hook. Some of the elephants had chains on them and they even chained a baby out in the forest. If I could include pictures for proof I would. The staff were friendly though. Also, for the bathing, you only bathe one baby elephants which is not what is shown in the picture.

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      This is very worrying, as normally we have nothing but positive feedback from this tour. Please do send us any evidence you have of mistreatment (by email) and we will investigate.

    10. 5 out of 5

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      The elephant trek was Amazing! the animals looked really healthy, and although our elephant was being a little uncooperative the mahout tried his hardest not to use the hook and when he did it was just a little tap, which was great to see his patience and test his other methods of training the elephant.

    11. 5 out of 5

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      This was our third visit & the experience gets better each time!
      The mahouts do carry bullhooks, this is a given for safety, but not once on all three visits have we seen this used. The elephants respond to vocal instructions, we even had an elephant reverse by voice command.
      The elephant bathing is the real jewel to this experience & seeing how much they enjoy it themselves was amazing.
      Living within 2 hours of Thailand, each time relatives visit us we bring them here.
      I highly recommend this experience, as do all our visitors who have been with us!

    12. :

      Fantastic service provided, well organised. Witnessed no cruelty to the animals we are so glad we booked with that company.
      We have already recommended the tour to other holiday makers.
      We also heard some horror stories from holiday makers about other elephant treks, so were so glad we booked with whom we did.
      Absolutely recommend this company.

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