Phuket Zoos & aquariums

Our most recommended Phuket Zoos & aquariums

Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

1. Phuket: Elephant Save & Care Program Tour

Explore the Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary in Phuket and feed the elephants with bananas, corn, and more. Learn more about the elephants from your guide, and uncover the benefits of spa treatment on the animals before savoring a delicious lunch box.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Phuket and a one-hour transfer to the elephant sanctuary. Be warmly welcomed upon arrival with an Elephant Behavior and Save & Care program to prepare for your encounter. Feed the elephants baskets of bananas, sugarcane, cucumber, and corn. While they enjoy their food, learn from the guides about the background of each elephant. Next, prepare the elephants with a spa treatment and shower. Discover the healing benefits of special spa mud that help to heal elephant wounds from many kinds of scratches, and skin damage, and provides heat balance benefits for the body and blood flow. Enjoy lunch with a Pad Thai box set and seasonal fruits before departing back to your hotel in Phuket. Leave inspired and informed, having supported the elephants and future care at the Elephants Wildlife Sanctuary.

Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Tour

2. Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Tour

Discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable, and ethical environment with this guided tour to the Lake Phuket Elephant Nursery. Travel from your hotel in Phuket in an airconditioned vehicle. Enjoy a delicious lunch and a cooking class during your tour.  Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation in a spacious vehicle. From there, take a scenic drive through jungle to the sanctuary. Meet your guide and learn a little more about the elephants before gathering up some bananas and cane sugar.  Follow your guide through the forest to where the elephants are resting up in the hills and watch as they happily eat the bananas and sugar cane. Walk with the elephants down from the hill. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with these majestic creatures.  Learn about their lifestyle and behaviors from your guide. Go with the elephants to a nearby lake and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water.  Once the elephants are clean, you take some final photos with them. Part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Sit down to a set menu lunch and a dish from a Thai Cooking Class. Eat seasonal fruits before heading back to your hotel.

From Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

3. From Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

Observe free-roaming elephants in a safe environment on a tour from Phuket that includes hotel transfers, an on-site photographer, and a Thai lunch. Enjoy the rural landscape of the Mueang Phang-nga district, meet an elephant and kwan-chang (elephant handler), and bathe and feed the gentle giants. Upon arrival at the wildlife sanctuary, meet your guide and learn a little about the elephants as you take a walk through the forest. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with these majestic animals while learning about their behavior. Receive bananas and sugarcane to give them a sweet treat. Then, accompany the elephants to a nearby mud spa. Go knees-deep into the mud to apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help brush the elephants as they play in the river. After bathing the elephants and taking some final photos with them, it is time to part ways with your friends. Take a shower, change into dry clothes and savor a freshly-cooked, traditional Thai lunch with seasonal fresh fruits, tea, and coffee. You can also join a Thai cooking demonstration and see how pad Thai, a signature stir-fry dish, and som tam (papaya salad) are prepared. Later, end the tour with hotel drop-off.

Phuket: Aquaria Phuket & Trick Eye Museum Tickets

4. Phuket: Aquaria Phuket & Trick Eye Museum Tickets

With its tagline “An Ocean of Myth and Legend”, Aquaria Phuket takes visitors on a special journey from the mystical Himmapan Forest to the deepest oceans, featuring elements from Thai mythology and culture. The aquarium is located in Central Phuket Floresta and covers 104,000 square feet (9,662 square meters). Once inside, travel through 8 interactive zones. Explore a land filled with creatures from Thai folklore in the Mystic Forest, and discover other living legends — such as the arapaima (pirarucu), the Mekong ray, the Mekong giant catfish, and more — at the River Giants exhibit, which features the world's largest freshwater planted tank. Watch playful otters at the River Caves, and meet adorable penguins up close at the Coastal Haven. At Station Aquarius, enjoy an interactive and educational encounter with some of the aquarium's inhabitants. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to interact with and to answer your questions. You can also visit the largest underwater lounge in the world, Andasi, from 8 AM-12 PM. Aquaria Phuket also features Trick Eye Museum, the world’s first augmented reality (AR) art museum featuring optical illusions and incredible panoramas to amaze you. As the world’s first AR museum, it utilizes the latest in AR technology to produce realistic art and photos that will transport you to other worlds.

From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

5. From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

Venture north of Phuket to Khao Lak, known for its stretches of beach and lush jungle scenery. Explore this peaceful slice of Thai paradise on a full-day tour. The first stop is the Sarasin Bridge, one of Thailand’s most beautiful and famous bridges. It connects Phuket to the province of Phang Nga and has gained renown due to the tragic Romeo and Juliet-style story associated with it. It'll be a quick stop here to view the surrounding bay and take photos of the gazebos and elevated turrets. Then, head to the Andaman View Point, where you can admire a 360-degree view of the surrounding fields, hills, and mountains. Head to the river for the bamboo rafting activity. Board a small yet sturdy raft made out of bamboo and cruise down the river, admiring the calm waters and the abundant greenery of the area. Next, you'll make your way to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Located across the Khao Lak National Park in the Thai navy base, learn about the efforts the navy is going to to rehabilitate the turtles. Catch a glimpse of the numerous turtles and other endangered marine life. Take an hour to have lunch and relax near the conservation center. After lunch, head to the International Tsunami Museum and discover how the effects of the 2004 tsunami greatly affected the Khao Lak area. See the Thai navy boat that was washed ashore by a massive wave. The final destination is the Lampi Waterfall. Head over to this multi-level waterfall, walk through the rainforest trail, and even take a dip in the chilly pool before making your way back to your accommodation in Phuket.

From Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Private Tour

6. From Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Private Tour

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop. Wang Kiang Koo waterfall, where our local paddlers await us at the river bank. With their gigantic bamboo raft waiting for us to hop on, see our paddler in action maneuvering the raft along the stream of Kiang Koo waterfall. After the unforgettable experience with the bamboo rafting with a blast from the past, enjoy playing in crystal clear refreshing water. Next, visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center for a close turtle encounter. Hear about their species and how they were rescued. Explore the conservation center and meet different sizes of turtles, species, and colors. Then, visit Wat Lak Kaen. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the area, hear the story of the Buddha's holy relic. From here, head to a local restaurant located at Wang Kiang Koo waterfall and savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure visiting an elephant sanctuary and meeting the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Interact with them by giving a meal for the elephants with the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van transferring back to your hotel.

From Phuket: Customize Your Own Phuket City Tour

7. From Phuket: Customize Your Own Phuket City Tour

Choose 3 to 4 of your favorite hotspots in Phuket and let your guide craft an itinerary for you. View the 3 beaches from Karon Viewpoint, see the 19th-century Buddhist temple of Wat Chalong, or gaze at the Andaman Sea at Promthep Cape. Learn the history and culture of Thailand from your guide. Select 3 to 4 of your favorite spots and customize your tour. Benefit from a professional guide who will choose the best tour schedule for you. Start your adventure as you are picked up at your hotel. Travel to Karon Viewpoint, Wat Chalong, or Promthep Cape and the Andaman Coast. Explore Phuket Old Town as your guide shows you the Sino-Portuguese houses of Thalang Road, appreciate the colorful buildings of Soi Romanee, and see Soi Soon Utis. Decide whether to go to Ao Sane Beach on the southwest of the island, which is famous for snorkeling. Take a trip to Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, where rum is produced using locally sourced sugarcane and a French copper still. Experience nature at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, a safe haven for elephants. Witness the only evergreen forest of Phuket at Koh Phra Thaeo National Park. Experience Rock Beach Swing, or admire the big buddha, which is 148 feet tall. Finish up your custom trip as you are dropped off at your hotel.

Khaolak: Elephant Sanctuary with Turtle Conservation Center

8. Khaolak: Elephant Sanctuary with Turtle Conservation Center

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop. Wang Kiang Koo waterfall, where our local paddlers await us at the river bank. With their gigantic bamboo raft waiting for us to hop on, see our paddler in action maneuvering the raft along the stream of Kiang Koo waterfall. After the unforgettable experience with the bamboo rafting with a blast from the past, enjoy playing in crystal clear refreshing water. Next, visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center for a close turtle encounter. Hear about their species and how they were rescued. Explore the conservation center and meet different sizes of turtles, species, and colors. Then, visit Wat Lak Kaen. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the area, hear the story of the Buddha's holy relic. From here, head to a local restaurant located at Wang Kiang Koo waterfall and savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure visiting an elephant sanctuary and meeting the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Interact with them by giving a meal for the elephants with the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van transferring back to your hotel.

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4.9 / 5

based on 205 reviews

My guide was Maria Wanpen Ngan-khang. Given that nobody else had signed up, this small group tour actually ended up being a private tour. I was impressed that they still provided the service even though I was the only client. Despite heading to lots of different places in a single day, I never felt rushed. Furthermore, both Maria and my driver, (his name I understand translates as "chicken") were excellent. As some others mentioned, this was a bit off the beaten path so I didn't feel like I was crowded by other tourists. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend both this tour and also my guide for future trips.

A private tour that was well worth the money and effort to get to. Although 1 hour 40 minutes from Patong, the drive is scenic and the vehicle is comfortable. Our guide was local to Khao Lak and was very proud of the sanctuaries that we visited. He was knowledgeable and informative. The day was full and each activity was different.

This experience is absolutely amazing! Starting off by meeting the elephants and feeding one of the babies, then onto preparing the sugar cane to feed them, followed on by preparing a mud mask for them and applying it before giving them a wash down. The lunch was really lovely too. 10/10!!

Very nice experience with the elephant. I did it with my family and we were very happy to see the elephant have been taking care properly. I recommend it if you are in Phuket.

Great time on the tour with a small group. Fun walking with the elephants and swimming