Elephants are Thailand’s national treasures. Many people want to experience Thailand’s unique elephant culture when they come to Phuket. In addition to watching elephant shows or riding elephants, it is a more humanistic choice to participate in protection camps activities such as bathing, feeding, and walking with elephants. Elephant Retirement 9 Dee is located in the original Elephant Park in Bangtao, Phuket. In the friendly atmosphere of the Elephant protection camp, you can enjoy the natural close contact with elephants.
Elephant Retirement 9 Dee is different from the traditional elephant camp. The elephants here do not need to be beaten with iron hooks and imprisoned with iron chains. There is no need to practice performance day after day or to bear heavy seats with fragile spines here for them. The elephants in the Elephant Retirement 9 Dee can live in the safe and comfortable land freely, and there are daily visitors from all over the world to accompany them to play.
Firstly, you can DIY elephant snacks. During the feeding process, you can touch the elephant. After that, do SPA for the elephants and massage the elephant’s skin with Thai herbal bags that are prepared in the camp. After finishing the SPA, you can start to feed elephants. Elephant’s favorite food is banana and sugar cane. These foods are provided free of charge by the camp and require no additional payment. While you feed the elephant, you can continue to interact with the elephant intimately. And the camp staff there are free to take photos for you. After the elephants are full, you can go for a walk with the elephants in their favorite jungle, to feel the rapport between people, animals and nature. In addition, you can experience the Elephant Mud Spa, and go to the nearby river to take a bath with the mud elephant.
Conditions of participation: The Elephant Retirement 9 Dee allows children to play there together. Children who are 1 to 3 years old can participate for free. Children who are 4 years old and are less than 130 cm tall can purchase child tickets to participate. However, elderly people who are over 65 years old and pregnant women are not recommended to participate in Elephant Camp.