Ban Kwan Chang

Lonely Planet review

In a beautiful forested setting, this is the best of the three elephant camps on the island; deeper in the jungle and you get more time riding the beasts. Tours range from 1½ to three hours (500/900B) and involve feeding, bathing and riding a pachyderm. Transport is included in the price. Be sure to apply mozzie spray.

Pittaya Homkrailas is the camp owner and a well-regarded conservation enthusiast who works to preserve a humane relationship between the elephant and mahout. His interest in environmental and community issues also includes efforts to preserve the southeastern mangroves in Ao Salak Kok on the island’s east coast.