A visit to The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Pattaya is a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for me, that makes it one of the very best things to do in Pattaya.
There is no elephant riding, trekking, or circus tricks at Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. In fact, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is the first tourist attraction in Pattaya to offer the opportunity to interact with elephants in an “elephant-friendly” environment.
The elephants at Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary are retired from shows or have been rescued from neglectful and cruel owners. Just like at many of the elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai, the elephants are free to roam, no bull hooks are used, and the elephants are not made to perform.
The Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary offers a rare opportunity for humans to interact with elephants by feeding them and getting in the water with them to give them a mud bath and shower. It’s all about being eco-friendly and doing things elephants enjoy.
Order of Play at Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
There are 2 sessions at the sanctuary, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. On arrival at the park, you will be given a brief lecture about the elephant’s feeding habits, behavior and how to approach the elephants and feed them.
The guides will then give you a bucket of bananas, take you to mingle with and feed the elephants. After feeding the elephants, you will learn how to make paper from elephant poop.
The last activity at Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is to bathe the elephants. First, you will give them a mud bath, then a plunge in another pond to wash off the mud, and finally shower them with hose pipes.
A shorter, less expensive “Feed Me” program is also available and includes feeding the elephants and making paper from elephant poop.
The Experience at Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
You can see the photos of our afternoon visit to Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary a little further down the page. The photos of the visit describe the experience much better than words. Besides being a unique experience that you would otherwise need to travel to Chiang Mai to enjoy, the visit was fun, professionally run, entertaining, and the only way to get up close and personal with elephants.
What’s Good About Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
- Informative and entertaining English-speaking guides.
- No riding or cruelty to elephants.
- An awesome, unique experience.
- Pick up from your hotel.
- Free photos of your visit via their Facebook page.
Where is Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
I was a little surprised to find the location of the elephant sanctuary is just past Mabrachan Lake on Soi Siam Country Club Road, just a short distance from central Pattaya. You can find it on this Google map.
Pattaya Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Entry Prices
A half-day visit to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Pattaya costs 2,500 for adults and 1,900 baht for children. The shorter “Feed Me” program costs 650 baht per person.
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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Pattaya Photos
Below are photos of a truly memorable visit to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Pattaya. You can take and use your own camera at the Sanctuary or concentrate on having an amazing experience while the on-site photographers capture the moments for you.