Ethical tourism is on the rise around the world and Thailand is making sure to be a pioneer in such experiences. Of the elephant shelters at gibbon rehabilitation centers, the Kingdom has made incredible efforts to help these marginalized animals. Moreover, while visiting one of these sanctuaries, visitors can feel a sense of hope in seeing how these animals are treated. Thus, we can only warm our hearts after giving our time to animals that have been Safe or are in need.
The 10 Best Amazing Animal Sanctuaries in Thailand
1. Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai
This natural park is mainly focused on the rescue and rehabilitation of elephants. And, its location is that of beautiful mountainous terrain. However, the sanctuary also helps dogs, cats, buffaloes, birds and other animals in need. These animals are usually saved from a life of hard work in tourist shows and other unethical work. Visitors can get up close and personal with elephants as they feed and bathe them, as well as just observe them in a happy environment. Elephant Nature Park also offers a “Saddle on Foot!” Â»Program in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia where you can visit different villages and walk with elephants.
Address: 1 Ratmakka Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
2. The Gibbon rehabilitation project, Phuket
As gibbons faced the grim fate of extinction 40 years ago in the tropical forests of Phuket, this project aims to bring them back into the wild. In addition, their goals have been crowned with success with around 50 gibbons returned to their home countries, where they can enjoy a fearless life. The operation saved hundreds of gibbons from unsolicited photo prop companies, some left behind in zoos and abused. Visitors can volunteer to help care for the gibbons or donate to the centre’s efforts.
Address: 104/3 Moo 3, Paklock, Talang, Phuket 83100, Thailand
3. Friends of the Wildlife of Thailand Foundation (WFFT), Petchaburi
This NGO was founded in 2001 and aims to save captive wild animals and those unfortunately part of the illegal animal trade. Since its founding in 2001, WFFT has been a non-governmental organization aimed at saving and rehabilitating captive wild animals while combating the illegal animal trade in Thailand. In addition, the foundation has sheltered more than 1,000 wild animals, while releasing those rehabilitated into the wild. These animals have been rescued from poor living conditions and illegal wildlife trafficking. Visitors can opt for a half day or a full day. The center allows such visits, but they must be discreet to protect the animals.
Address: Moo 6, Tambon Thamairuak, Amphoe Thayang, 76130 Petchaburi, Thailand
4. Animal welfare of Lanta, Koh Lanta
This center focuses on the care of suffering animals on the island of Koh Lanta. In addition, he has assisted an impressive 15,000 stray animals with their sterilization and treatment programs. As it is open to visitors year round, the center relies on donations and volunteers. Experiences like cuddling cats and walking rescued dogs can leave visitors with warm hearts. There is no time limit and you can spend as much time as you want helping and socializing with the animals. You may even find an animal that you cannot live without, that you can adopt and give it new life.
Address: 629 Moo 2, Saladan, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Thailand
5. Soi Dog Foundation, Phuket
This large organization offers sustainable solutions to tackle the problem of stray dogs and cats in Thailand. Since its inception over 18 years ago, the foundation has successfully brought the wandering population in Phuket under control. In addition, the foundation is traveling to other provinces to offer free sterilization programs in the hopes of educating the public on how to help homeless animals. In addition, the foundation provides medical care for animals and campaigns against the dog meat trade, abuse and other cruel acts. Visitors can take a guided tour that includes some education about the stray animal population in Thailand as well as the history of the foundation. Of course, donations are always appreciated and go a long way.
Address: 167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao 10, Tambon Mai Khao, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
6. Rescue legs, Hua Hin
This somewhat newer organization focuses on reducing the stray dog ââand cat population in the seaside town of Hua Hin. These efforts include sterilization, education, and medical care. Plus, if you want to visit the organization, you can join a full-day tour where you can learn more about the projects and spend time walking the dogs on the beach. Plus, you can sign up to volunteer or adopt one of these furry friends.
Address: 65 Khao Tao Temple, Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
7. Boon Lott Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), Sukhothai
BLES is dedicated to protecting elephants by saving them from abuse and extinction. The owner was inspired to create the sanctuary after rescuing a baby elephant named Boon Lott, who suffered from extreme abuse. Therefore, the sanctuary was named after the elephant, which means “survivor” in English. The core belief of the sanctuary is that elephants should live with dignity and respect in their natural environment. So, with over 600 acres of forest land, elephants have access to vast grasslands, freshwater rivers, and many types of fruit trees. Just visiting the sanctuary can provide a great experience while helping these majestic animals. In addition, the sanctuary also supports other animals, such as cats, monkeys, dogs, wild boars, crocodiles and turtles.
Address: 304 Mu 5, Baan Na Ton Jan, Tambon Baan Tuek, Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai 64130, Thailand
8. Krabi Elephant Sanctuary, Krabi
As Krabi Province’s premier ethical elephant tourist attraction, the sanctuary provides a safe haven for elephants abused by the forestry and tourism industry. Here, visitors can take half-day tours and interact with the elephants in the wild. Moreover, you can also feed them and give them a mud treatment if you want. Then you can join them in a river pond for a relaxing dip, while helping to bathe and brush them. So, helping these elephants is a great experience to see them interact in their new homes while being a little more informed about their plight.
Address: 83/13 Ao Luek Tai, Ao Luek District, Krabi 81110, Thailand
9. Samui’s elephant paradise
This haven of peace is located among the tropical island of Koh Samui. With a beautiful roaming land, it is a great experience to see how these elephants were rescued and transformed from a life of hard work. The founder, Maew Suriya, ensures that the rescued elephants can enjoy a natural environment with lots of play and interaction. The property has native plants and various swimming pools for elephant enjoyment. Visitors can feed, pet and learn about elephants while engaging in ethical tourism. Additionally, a few other animals can be seen here, such as chickens, dogs, and cows.
Address: 137/31 Koh Samui Surat Thani 84320
10. Sangkhlaburi animal sanctuary
This new sanctuary is a donation-based facility that focuses on the treatment and rescue of animals. Although it is still in the early stages of its development, the mission of the sanctuary is to provide a free veterinary clinic to local and surrounding communities. In addition, the shrine focuses on supporting international and local volunteers. Education is key as the owner, Denise, has 15 years of experience working with other rescue organizations in Thailand.
Address: 72/3, moo 1 / NongLu, Sangkhla Buri district, Kanchanaburi 71240
These sanctuaries are perfect for those who love animals and those who want to participate in changing the plight of abused wildlife. Thus, when visiting these shrines, the simple act of giving of one’s time is often highly appreciated, as is a donation. One thing is certain, those who work in such sanctuaries spend long hours helping to change the future of these animals. Many vacationers choose to participate in ethical wildlife tourism, as they say, it feels good to lend a helping hand while discovering Thailand.
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