Elephant Sanctuaries in Phuket have rapidly become very popular as the attitude towards animal-based attractions changes. The emphasis at these camps is on ethical, animal-friendly interaction with these majestic creatures, many of whom have been rescued or retired from the local logging and elephant trekking industries. The welfare of the residents is often the first priority of such places. If meeting elephants up close is on your bucket list for your trip to Phuket, these parks are the best places to do so in a way which causes the minimum harm and disturbance to them. You’ll also learn far more about the gentle giants than you would from a short ride on their back, and both you and the elephants are far more likely to have a fun time together.