AYUTTHAYA ELEPHANT PALACE
We do not offer a one day elephant program at Elephantstay although if you have limited time we suggest you take a ride at the Ayutthaya Elephant Palace. This is where the working elephants from our village give rides in the UNESCO World Heritage Historic Park on Patone Road (located at No 2 on the map). (Rides start at 400 baht for 15 minutes, per person). Open all day, every day there is no need to book. You can also buy food to feed the elephants and pay to have a special photo with one of our younger elephants. The Ayutthaya Elephant Palace is an important tourist destination and the income from there is vital to supporting all the programs we run for the elephants and their conservation.
Noppakhao and Soiselee having fun with a tourist
The Ayutthaya Elephant Palace is a great model for elephants in the tourist industry. The elephants have access to water for drinking and showers. They get lots of food and treats throughout the day. The elephants get to socialize and get gentle exercise which is important for their wellbeing.
We have an incredible breeding program, since 2000 we have had 67 successful births. Considering there are only 3,500 registered elephants in Thailand and limited forest for sustaining wild populations, our breeding program is vital to ensuring elephants survive into the future and that there is genetic diversity amongst the population. The majority of our mothers have given tourists rides until closer or even up to the time they give birth. Which proves how effective the socialization and exercise is to then result in successful births.
If you want to visit our babies you can at the Elephant Kraal village. If you want to take photos please pay for a camera licence (only 50 baht) and you can also buy food to feed the elephants there as well.
Without your support elephants will not survive into the future or for the next generation to appreciate. So please support these magnificent creatures and know your contribution is helping to conserve them.
Ayutthaya Elephant Palace - UNESCO World Heritage Historical Park