By Paula Parker
Elephant Trekking in Phuket has long been a popular activity for visitors for many years.
Elephants were once a vital part of life in Thailand and were an important part of the logging industry.
Logging has since been banned in Thailand and since then the only need for these elephants has been within the tourism industry.
The elephants that were once used for the logging industry in Thailand, have been used for elephant trekking in Phuket and across other parts of Thailand.
Unfortunately there are elephant camps that do not treat their elephants very well. Some elephants don't receive the proper care or enough food that they require and they are sometimes mistreated.
So when you choose to go elephant trekking ensure that you choose a reputable elephant camp to visit in Phuket.
Tourism provides one of the few ways elephants and their handlers can make a living and thankfully things are starting to change with the increase in elephant sanctuaries in Phuket.
Elephant sanctuaries are a great alternative and we would encourage visitors to visit an Elephant Sanctuary over an elephant trek.
At the sanctuary you will learn about the elephants and how they live, you will also be able to feed and bath the elephants and join them on their walks through the jungle.
Personally we haven't come across any elephant camps that we could say have been mistreating their elephants.
Although a couple of our friends have said that they would never ride an elephant again because of the terrible way the handlers treated the elephant they were riding..
There are several reputable elephant camps across the Island, where you will be able to trek through rubber plantations or jungle trails.
Most of the elephant safaris only go for around 30 minutes to one hour, and a lot of the elephant treks include a buffalo cart ride or white-water rafting depending on what you choose.
If you would like to go elephant trekking while in Phuket, or visit the elephant sanctuary contact our friends at Easy Day Thailand to ensure that you choose a reputable elephant camp to visit.
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