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Elephants at Hidden Forest Elephant Reserve Phuket Thailand

A MORNING AT
HIDDEN FOREST

9.30 - 12.30

 AN AFTERNOON
AT HIDDEN FOREST

14.00- 17.00

AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!

Spend your entire Morning or Afternoon with our Elephants including Dining With Elephants at our Forest Restaurant overlooking the pond!

ITINERARY

FEED, WALK WITH & OBSERVE OUR ELEPHANTS

  • You will arrive at Hidden Forest and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee

  • We begin with a presentation and Educational Video about our project and our work to protect the elephants, and also important safety rules

  • You will enjoy an amazing encounter to feed the elephants

  • Then take a scenic walk through the forest observing and learning about the elephants including their history, their stories, and their unique personalities

  • Relax in our Bamboo Observation Huts as the elephants graze, play in the mud or bathe nearby with stunning views of the forest and a view over the valley to Big Buddha

  • Make sure your camera is fully charged as there are lots of fabulous photo and video opportunities and plenty of time to thoroughly enjoy our peaceful nature reserve

  • We have abundance of butterflies and dragonflies, and often see eagles soaring the skies, or egrets fishing in our pond

  • You will enjoy a full morning or afternoon amongst our beautiful elephants

  • You will end your visit with a delicious vegetarian Thai buffet at our Hidden Forest Restaurant dining in one of our fabulous Bamboo Salas overlooking the pond as the elephants bathe and graze nearby

  • Your visit directly supports our work to rescue and rehabilitate elephants. Our key focus is to educate and bring awareness to the plight of the Asian Elephant and lead by example with our ethical approach to experiencing elephants.

ADULT   

2,900 Baht pp

CHILD

1,600 Baht pp

3 yrs & under - FREE

* Includes Transport  &  Thai Buffet 

PAYMENT

We use Paypal and Stripe as our payment gateways as they are considered the most secure and safe internet payment gateways in the world and you do not need an account with them. You can be sure your information is safe when paying for a tour at Hidden Forest.

AN AMAZING WAY TO SPEND A RAINY DAY! 

In the event of a tropical downpour, instead of staying in your hotel or villa, come and visit us! Elephants tend to behave differently in wet weather and when it's cooler, they sometimes get excitable and may venture to different locations if they smell a new fresh muddy spot, or the river flows higher.

It's such a magical experience to see elephants in the forest with the fresh smell of rain... we have umbrellas and you may get a little wet but we guarantee a fabulous and very memorable day out!

A reminder to wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting muddy or wet! 

WHY WE DO NOT ALLOW VISITORS TO BATHE
WITH ELEPHANTS

In 2016, our co-founder, Louise Rogerson brought the first non-bathing project to Phuket. She holds a firm belief that elephants should enjoy their time bathing and playing on their own, and not with humans crowding around them.

 

Bathing freely allows elephants positive mental and physical stimulation after a lifetime working hard and being controlled.  Wild elephants bathe in rivers, ponds, streams and muddy wallows without human interaction and this is exactly what our rescued elephants should enjoy too.

 

Elephants need space to splash, roll around, submerge, play, socialize, and cover themselves in mud and they are perfectly capable of doing this without people are in the water or mud crowding around them. It is not only dangerous but also very stressful for the elephants as it inhibits their natural behaviours and the mahouts must control the elephants so nobody gets hurt. It is also unhygienic to bathe with elephants as they urinate and defecate when in the water, and people may suffer from eye or skin infections and sickness. 

 

Bathing with elephants does not put the welfare of the elephants first. We want our elephants to enjoy their day just as much as you, which is why we do not offer this activity at Hidden Forest. 

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