Swimming with Elephants in Phuket, Thailand

Swimming with Elephants in Phuket, Thailand

Swimming with Elephants in Phuket Thailand

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. Swimming with Elephants in Phuket Thailand

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. (FYI, Tri Trang beach is gorgeous.)

I turned to the internet again and eventually found a phone number. (The phone number is listed 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 after I called a second time. 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. Swimming with Elephants in Phuket ThailandSwimming with Elephants in Phuket ThailandSwimming with Elephants in Phuket Thailand

For 700 BAHT (22.35 USD) each we got 10 to 15 minutes with two elephants. This is not that long, but it’s still completely worth it. For an additional 200 Baht (6.39 USD) you can get a CD with photos on it. I believe they were taking photos with a Nikon camera.

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!Swimming with Elephants in Phuket Thailand

We did not ride the elephants

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 out 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.

Swimming with Elephants in Phuket

Swimming with Elephants in Phuket (taken with a GoPro)

Reflecting back on this experience two years later I can easily say that this is still one of the best experiences we’ve ever had anywhere in the world.

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Where to Stay in Phuket

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Should You Get Travel Insurance?

Don’t forget travel insurance! I’m a fan of Allianz Travel insurance, because of the variety of options. Protect yourself from possible injury & theft abroad. I have gotten extremely sick twice now out of the country and Noah has had seizures in Thailand, so I always recommend getting some sort of coverage. Read more about why you should always carry travel insurance here.

Car Rental

If you are looking for a car rental I recommend getting the car at the airport. You can get a car rental for super cheap in Phuket.

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By | 2019-06-30T14:07:41-07:00 April 9th, 2017|Phuket, Thailand|7 Comments

About the Author:

Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.


  1. Vicky Soni April 13, 2017 at 4:10 am - Reply

    this must be fun, I was about to go Thailand for the company trip but could not go for some unfortunate reason, maybe later I will go there.

    • Meagan April 14, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Oh, I hope you end up getting to go! Thailand is amazing.

  2. Sari April 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Meagan, Do you happen to still have the phone number? It would be interesting to try it out!


    • Meagan April 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Yes, the number is above in the post. It’s the number that starts out with 66.

      • Sari April 18, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

        Ah great, thank you!

  3. Ruchira November 13, 2017 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Hey any suggestions for 6 days itinerary details for toddlers age 3? We are planning a family trip to Thailand. Too many islands to see, so confused. We sure want to do shopping in Bangkok and mostly laze around the beach or take boat rides… thank you

  4. Jessica February 3, 2019 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Do you remember the name of this location?

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