We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sappraiwan Elephants Sanctuary

Features Animals
Review Highlights
Experience of a Lifetime

The experience and treatment of the animals is amazing. The facility is still in the process of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Palm Desert, California
Ethical Elephant Sanctuary

The elephants are free to roam around the sanctuary and people are invited to observe from a... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
Maria M
Perth, Australia
Read all 20 reviews
All photos (11)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
6 days ago
“Experience of a Lifetime”
9 Jun 2018
“Ethical Elephant Sanctuary”
1/79 Moo 2 | Kaeng Sopha subdistrict, Wang Thong, Thailand
+66 81 533 7288
Reviews (20)
Filter reviews
10 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
See what travellers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago

The experience and treatment of the animals is amazing. The facility is still in the process of installing a fence/barrier around the grounds. Because there is no barrier, the elephants do need to have chains to keep them from going into a busy road, the...More

Thank EmVanWf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not a sanctuary Elephants are on chains, hooks are used to control them....HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE! Please do not support this disgusting place :/

Thank PetraP113
Reviewed 9 June 2018

The elephants are free to roam around the sanctuary and people are invited to observe from a distance. Seeing elephants at their most natural, it is a joy to behold.

Thank Maria M
Reviewed 2 September 2017

I visited the Sappraiwan Elephant Sanctuary for a week this summer with a student travel program. We were all extremely excited to do service with the elephants, but as soon as we got there, it occurred to us that the staff was not trained, and...More

1  Thank css1017
Reviewed 22 January 2016

My son and I stayed at Sappraiwan for a week to work with the elephants. The beds at the volunteer dorm felt similar to my kitchen countertops, but there was AC and hot (warm) water showers. The elephants were such a joy to be around,...More

5  Thank Emilie K
Reviewed 9 July 2015

I really loved this resort. My husband and I went there because I really wanted to see the elephants. We were living in Thailand for almost a year when we decided to go there. The only elephants we had seen, were captive, exploited elephants. I...More

2  Thank NoekeD
Reviewed 22 February 2015

We had a truly unforgettable experience with Sappraiwan Elephant Sanctuary. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to get up close with elephants in their natural surroundings. There are no shows or souvenirs - thank goodness. This is an opportunity to ride an...More

4  Thank ThaiTeacherBangkok
Reviewed 12 February 2015

I’ve lived in Thailand for about 8 years and have done multiple elephant activities at various locations, and this one is by far the best I’ve seen or even heard about. This place offers so much more than just an elephant ride. It is a...More

4  Thank linz27
Reviewed 9 November 2014

This is only the second review of this sanctuary. But what a wonderful lovely place this is. Rescued elephants are having a great time, being cared for by careful and animal friendly mahouts. And you can share that experience for half a day, a day...More

2  Thank expat_sealover
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The sanctuary is hided in the area of resort so not many people known about it. Last year I went to stay at the resort and falling in love with herds of elephants. Therefore, this time I went there again to try the elephants mahout...More

Thank Fishy S
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Sylvia S
15 June 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from css1017 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately this is true and I agree: it was uncomfortable to visit.