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Elephant bathing with Eco Khao Lak in Thailand

Elephant bathing in Thailand with Eco Khao Lak

During our Thailand adventure we booked several organised tours to see Khao Lak and the surrounding area. Lauren simply loves elephants and as Thailand's national animal is the elephant it made sense to try and see these magnificent giants in their homeland. I had read much about "elephant tourism" in Thailand and wanted to book a tour that was ethical with an organisation that cared about the elephants well-being - not just their profits. We also knew that we didn't want to go elephant trekking. Bearing these things in mind, we found a suitable package that met out criteria - Elephant Bathing with Eco Khao Lak. Some general points about this tour are listed below:

  • 3600 THB Total (includes pickup from Khao Lak Hotels.
  • Collection time from hotel between 07:30-08:30am (depending on location).
  • Tour length: approximately 4.5 hours.
  • Includes feeding and bathing elephants, lunch and a visit to a turtle sanctuary

To sum up this tour in a short sentence we would say it was extremely good value, enjoyable, and was a great way to interact ethically with elephants.

Hotel Transfer

The hotel collection was straightforward - we received a pickup time via email and the mini bus was outside our lobby on time. The bus was air-conditioned and comfortable. Nothing more can be said about this - it was straightforward, easy and convenient.

Elephant Feeding

We arrived at the elephant camp and could see them straight away! Our guide Ling gave us some information and rules and then we walked over to the elephants to feed them delicious bananas! You are given a basket of bananas each for free but you could also buy additional baskets for 100 THB each. We proceeded to feed the elephants and it was clear to see that they loved it and enjoyed the interaction and food. Our elephant kept reaching out with its trunk to suck the bananas out of our hands - it was the first time we had been up close to these animals and it was a superb experience!

Out elephant appeared to be greedy so we brought another basket of bananas for her - she really did enjoy them! Once our elephants were fed, we walked them over to the lagoon and got changed into our bathing gear.

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