LOCATION: Phuket, Thailand.
Elephants have been part of Thai culture for centuries and they play a central role in the country’s history. But while they are highly respected by local people, they are often used to help with hard manual labor because of their size and power. After the ban on teak wood logging, these majestic elephants found a new home in the tourism industry, which unfortunately did not always mean an improvement for the elephants in terms of living standards. Luckily, several places approached elephant tourism from an ethical point of view, putting the elephants’ well-being first. Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first place on the island to take this approach. During a visit, there will be plenty of time to learn about these majestic creatures and about how Phuket Elephant Sanctuary tries to help them. A unique opportunity to see these friendly giants up close in an ethical environment.