Elephant excitement is sky high at The Sarojin resort in Thailand, where guests can enjoy a mammoth new adventure through the dense jungles on the edges of Khao Sok National Park. As part of the five-star hotel’s recently-launched ‘Elephant Owner For A Day’ package, guests enjoy a truly personal and hands-on elephant encounter in Thailand’s deepest jungle as they engage with local mahout life and learn the key responsibilities in caring for healthy and happy elephants in a highly meaningful and responsible way. The new package is designed to offer a glimpse of local elephant camp life while teaching guests how to clean, feed and look after Thailand’s sacred animals. Over the course of a full-day or half-day, guests are assigned their own elephant for a real, live one-on-one learning activity. But the element of exclusivity does not end there as the experience is designed just for two people or for a single family with children 10 years plus. This private approach ensures a genuinely personal encounter with no other guests in sight.
Accompanied by The Sarojin’s highly-knowledgeable team of guides, guests shadow local mahouts from the Sairung camp and learn daily healthcare for the elephants. Teaching focuses on the correct ways to interact with free-roaming elephants, how to approach them using Thai greetings, general skin care and how to bathe them in the river, overall digestion and how to feed them, basic mahout riding skills and the five key signs to identify a healthy elephant.
For guests that really wish to get up close and personal, take a dip in a jungle lake and swim around with the elephant. The trunk becomes a virtual snorkel as the elephant submerges its body underwater and enjoys its leathery hide being scrubbed. Once land bound guests learn how to ride elephants bareback just as a mahout would do to keep them healthy. Perched on the necks of these gentle giants, guests get to trek deep into the jungle to view the spectacular scenery located within this area of outstanding natural beauty.
The Sarojin’s ‘Elephant Owner For A Day’ experience offers a great day out for visitors who want to scratch beneath the surface of rural Thailand. It is ideally suited for those with an interest in learning a new skill, caring for elephants and discovering their important position in Thai culture. A full-day elephant encounter in Thailand’s deepest jungle costs from THB 2,500 (approximately GBP £110/ $84) per person. Rooms at The Sarojin start from THB 6,100 (approximately GBP £135/ $204), inclusive of accommodation in a luxury Garden Residence, plus all-day à la carte breakfast with sparkling wine for two people.
The Sarojin is set on an 11km stretch of secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak, just 55 minutes drive north of Phuket Airport, and is surrounded by five spectacular national parks and the world-famous dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands. Designed in a contemporary Asian style, the five-star resort’s 56 deluxe residences are nestled within ten acres of tropical grounds leading directly onto the beachfront. Each guest room features its own private garden and “sala” sundeck, couples’ baths with waterfall showers, and plunge and relaxation pools that blend into the natural habitat. Other facilities include an attentive “Imagineer” who can create tailor-made experiences for hotel guests and complimentary use of a fully equipped fitness centre, mountain bikes, sailing catamarans, sail boats, sea kayaks and windsurfing boards. Because tranquility here is guaranteed, no children under the age of 10 are permitted to stay at The Sarojin.
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Elephantstay is a fantastic way for you to get hands on experience and make a real difference to the lives of elephants. Stay in the most exciting, innovative, working elephant village in Asia, dedicated to conserving elephants, only one hour from Bangkok. These elephant encounters in Thailand last from 3 days/2 nights up to 14 days/13 nights.
You will be working with the biggest animal in the world. By learning to take care of them, feeding, watering and bathing you will have a chance to create your own bond with them. Their individuality will teach you about how important it is to contribute to their survival. The BEST thing is you will see where your money goes, straight back to the elephants.
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