Swimming with Elephants
We had the most amazing experience swimming with elephants while we were in Phuket, Thailand. We got to go out into the water with two elephants and play around. I guess technically we were not swimming, but everyone refers to it as swimming with elephants.
I had read online in chat forums that you could swim with elephants in Phuket on a Tri Trang beach. So, off we went to find them. When we got there, there were no elephants. That’s right, despite everything I read there are no elephants to see on Tri Trang beach.
I turned to the internet again and eventually found a phone number. (phone number below) I called and sure enough, they seemed to know what I was talking about. They told us they would come and get us. My friend was traveling with me and thought this was crazy, but we waited anyway. Sure enough, a pickup truck came and picked us up. Now I am a little confused as to which beach we were on when we got there, but there were signs indicating that this was where you swim with elephants. If you can get yourself close there will be signs! I have included a screen shot of my map below with a pin dropped where I think we were.
For 700 BAHT each we got 10 to 15 minutes with two elephants.
Their phone number is 66-836-443-548.
They do take reservations. In fact, they ask me if we had a reservation. When I told them no we did not they informed me that they were all booked up. But for some reason they came and got us anyway!For those of you concerned, I thought I should add that we observed the elephants being well cared for. I have had some people leaving messages on my Instagram that you should not ride elephants. At no time were we trekking around on elephants. They let us sit on them and at one point the elephants walked out of the water and onto the beach, but that was it.