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I love phants Lodge

216,Moo 9,Thamairuak,Thayang, Phetchaburi 76130 Thailand
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The I-love-phants Lodge is a boutique hotel bordering the elephant forests of the WFFT elephant sanctuary. This lodge is set up to create an ethical income for the rescued elephants at the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Secured parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Wine / champagne
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Bottled water
Minibar
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Complimentary toiletries
Clothes rack
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Mountain view
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English, Thai

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216,Moo 9,Thamairuak,Thayang, Phetchaburi 76130 Thailand
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DelphineSpinelli wrote a review Aug 2020
Bangkok, Thailand150 contributions103 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you’re happy mixing relaxation and purpose, if you love and respect all animals, then you will tremendously enjoy a stay at I love Phants.
The place is huge and accommodation is composed of a main building with a few rooms and some separate lodges 500 meters away.
The main building is overlooking the mountains and a massive elephant enclosure, with a few islands where you can see gibbons hopping among the trees.
The lodges are in the forest, that’s where we stayed, in lodge 3, which is standalone.
Rooms are simple but confortable and clean, and in the bathroom, the shower is outside, surprising at first, actually very cool.
But the coolest part in the forest lodges is the elephants coming under your balcony. There is a group of three in that area.
The different projects are all about rehabilitation of animals coming from tourism or other industry, or wildlife initially kept as pets, and often mistreated or abused. (Not only elephants, but different kinds of monkeys, bears, otters, birds...) There are several steps from cages to partial freedom before a reintroduction in natural habitat can be done, if it is possible. I highly recommend to take the tour that explains the work of the foundation and the individual story of some of the animals, while taking you through the different projects.
You can help feeding the elephants but there is no physical interaction with any of the animals (there are however plenty of dogs and cats around who will love a good petting :) ).
The whole staff is super nice and engaged, thank you Lars, Piu, Ing and all others.
Edwin the founder was around the first night and chatted with all of us, super nice too.
The food (Thai) is good with quality ingredients, full board formula very convenient and drinks are cheap.
Although none of us have elephants in their garden there’s a homey feeling there, and good and relaxing vibes, we were sad to leave after our two nights in our lodge.
We have felt like adventurers walking back the path to our lodge at night, surrounded with unfamiliar noises, or even in our first open air shower (sorry we are city guys); felt super privileged to wake up to the gibbons calls and even more to have a private conversation with a couple of curious elephants from the balcony (I have no illusions, they most certainly wanted to check out if we had any food around, but for a minute I wanted to believe they were interested in us! :D).
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tom wrote a review Oct 2020
Pattaya, Thailand21 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The setting of this lodge is simply phenomenal. Waking up to elephants a few feet away is wonderful, as is the site of gibbons swinging through the trees. The location is by far the greatest selling point of this place, and based on that alone it would be 5 Stars!
We had to wait til 3pm before being allowed into our room (despite the welcome email saying 1pm) and with a hungry newborn this wasn’t ideal! The room was also a little noisy as it was above the bar, but in order to get a view of the elephants I guess that could be expected.
The breakfast and the evening buffet was delicious, a range of home cooked Thai courses in the evening and then your usual breakfast treats in the morning. The offer of the tour around the park sounded great with plenty of animals to be seen. The work done by the team to rescue the animals is phenomenal and is to be commended.
We would highly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Darci H wrote a review Nov 2022
15 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The I-love-phants day trip tour and lodge is amazing. I chose this Sanctuary because it is ethical in its treatment of the Elephants. I highly recommend doing the full day trip, where you get to see the work of the wildlife sanctuary, hear sad stories about how the animals came to be here and see so many animals up close. The day tour started with a 2 hour Guided walking tour through the Wildlife Rescue Center including the Gibbon forest. Followed by a delicious lunch with vegetarian options, which is included in the day trip cost. The second part of the tour included a Driving tour along the Elephant Rescue Center and through the Wildlife Open Enclosures. Followed by a Driving and walking tour along the Tiger Rescue Center and finished with a meet and greet with the Elephants, where we feed them fresh pineapple and watermelon. It was an amazing day, one l will remember forever. The guide mentioned that this was an alternative way of interacting with Elephants in a humane way (i.e. not riding or bathing them) without impacting/stressing them. I loved that the Elephants can leave at anytime if not enjoying the human interaction but choose to interact with us, it was so very special.

Also at the Sanctuary, you get to see many other animals, which have been abandoned/neglected. These include Gibbons, Orangutan, Binturong, Macaques, Tigers, Macaws, Cassowary. This is the only place I could find that offered the opportunity to see many animals as well as the Elephants.

The accomodation is top class, we stayed in a forest room, which had an outdoor shower. The rooms are luxurious and you will definitely want to stay longer. The lodge offers dinner at reasonable prices. Breakfast is included, if you stay in the accomodation. In the morning, before you leave, you can wander and see elephants on your way to the lodge for checkout. They also can organise private car transport to/from Bangkok.

I couldn’t more highly recommend this sanctuary as it treats its animals with respect and care. Every dollar you spend goes back into keeping the Sanctuary operating. I wouldn’t go to any other Elephant Sanctuary.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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wendy b wrote a review Sept 2023
112 contributions75 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a one night stay at I Love Phants Lodge, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our room was above the restaurant (which closes at 20:30 so no noise from below) and looked out across an elephant enclosure and a few Gibbon islands. It was magical to see these majestic animals up so close and taking it easy. WFFT have rescued many animals from the horrors of the tourist industry, and this is one way to help contribute to the cost of the animals care.
The bed was comfortable, with soft pillows and clean linen.
The food from the onsite restaurant was very good (we ate Thai, Moo Larb, Yellow Curry and rice), and was competitively priced .
They supplied 2 free bottles of water, soft drinks and snacks in the room.
The shower does take time to heat up, however there is a notice to explain this is due to the solar heating system and location of the water so perfectly acceptable.
The room did not have a kettle or cups so I asked reception if I could have one and they immediately sourced this for me, I do like to have a cup of tea in my room when I wake in the morning.
The only reason I have not given 5 stars is due to the fridge and air conditioning units being so loud I had to switch them off to sleep. Other than that it was truly an awesome stay and one which I recommend to anyone who wants to experience wildlife at a respectful distance allowing the animals the life they deserve.
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Date of stay: September 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Forgot to say in my review what a great breakfast they supplied
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chris c wrote a review Apr 2023
Oldham, United Kingdom199 contributions74 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Where to start with this review!

firstly it was well worth the 21/2 journey from Bangkok, transport was arranged by Ilovephants you could probably get cheaper if you looked around.

It is very hot so take plenty of water and don't expect much sun cover on the 1st part of the walk.

Some of the rescue stories are quite traumatic and really makes you think about how we as humans have let it happen.

Food was great at dinner lots of choice it is Thai food so if your not keen take your own.

2nd half of the tour is in the cars and you get to see more of the park and animals, you can tell Ilovephants really does care for them and they are well treated.

at the end of the tour we were able to feed two elephants which was special.

The accommodation was on another level, I can not stress how good it was, Outdoor showers in the bathrooms (Please expect leaves it is outside!)

To be in a swimming pool as elephants just stroll past and gibbons are swinging in the trees opposite.

They are developing the park i would love to go back in a few years and see how its all going.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Bug Spray, Bug Spray oh and Bug Spray
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Saskia 32 wrote a review Jan 2023
Malmesbury, United Kingdom3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
NEGATIVES: If you're expecting luxury then you will be disappointed as this place is most definitely NOT luxurious. It is pretty basic. No safe, no hairdryer. A sparsley furnished room with bed, table a fitted wardrobe with 5 hangers. Bed incredibly creaky at every single movement! Pillows and mattress could do with an upgrade. The entire room is very tired and gloomy and is in desperate need of an update. Could almost be described as depressing! Everything grey, bed linen, curtains, pictures. Definitely needs a splash of color to lift the drab, oppressive room.
If you're expecting hot water, then again you will be disappointed because at best, it will be luke warm! Take your own toiletries as those supplied are half used!
Views not as expected as website shows views of elephants grazing in a field! Our view was of foliage lots and lots of it! This made the room very dark and even more gloomy as sun was unable to get through because of all the bushes and trees - very disappointingly didn't see any wildlife or birds at all. Make sure you put plenty insect repellent on if you do sit on the balcony otherwise you will get bitten by both ants and mosquitos. Loads of very large ants in the bathroom that must come in through the open air shower, they even get into the bedroom so watch out as they bite!
A/C a bit intermittent, works well sometimes then doesn't.
Ten minute walk from the main lodge where the restaurant is.
Breakfast isn't great and seems to be put out at 7.30am so if you get there at 8am or after, the scrambled eggs will be dried up and all the sausages and bacon may have gone. Don't seem to replenish the food. Just sits there looking sad. No butter just margarine, yeuk!

POSITIVES: A small fridge stocked with bottled water and soft drinks was a nice touch along with some snacks. Large balcony with a couple of chairs (if you like looking at trees and leaves). Food at the restaurant in the evening was very nice. From the main lodge where the restaurant is, you can sit outside looking out to the fields where there are some elephants. Sometimes an elephant will come up close to the wall so you can see it up close. Staff in the restaurant are very nice and helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Don't stay in forest room, go for main lodge for better view of elephants. Take insect repellent.
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PinkNosedPenguin wrote a review Dec 2022
Wiltshire, United Kingdom4,775 contributions119 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
A bit tricky to find in our hire car but we got there in the end! First we were given an amazing room on stilts a long way from the main building (and given conflicting advice about whether to walk it after dark or not?) but unfortunately the water pump failed and they had no idea when it would be fixed. Everything seemed a little chaotic. Not wanting to be all night with no shower or toilet, we asked to swap to another room, and they offered us one above the restaurant. Not quite as luxurious (but same price?) but more practical.
Very little information was given to us about where we could go and what we could do; we tried to tease it out of the staff but very little English was spoken. Although the WFFT organisation does very good work, and we had an excellent guided tour of it the next day, we felt the management of the lodge itself was pretty much non-existent. So much more could be made of this place (and so much more money could be made for WFFT) if the lodge were properly run and managed. Greet the guests, talk to them, engage with them about the environment, instead of just ignore them!
But we did love the location on the edge of civilisation with elephants and gibbons wandering about in a semi wild state. Other animals were in cages, which seemed a shame, but I guess they have limited options for these rescued animals.
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Date of stay: November 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Forest View rooms were more luxurious and remote, but ours had a water failure
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Leslie Yew wrote a review Jun 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is all good but be careful if u book thorugh Agoda. According to Agoda, the room rate includes 3 meals. But the hotel staff said otherwise. I was asked to pay for dinner. The staff said dinner is only included if customers book directly with the hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Trishb2302 wrote a review Mar 2023
Hua Hin, Thailand422 contributions141 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a great experience. All the animals have been rescued and are being rehabilitated. The lodge and tour are set up like a game reserve, so the animals can have a more natural environment. The lodge is well designed with a balcony where the elephants walk past, comfortable bed and pillows, and an outdoor shower. A delicious breakfast is included in the lodge fee. There are nine tigers there now, rescued from Phuket zoo. The tigers and the elephants are the highlight.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lt1232016 wrote a review Feb 2023
Tring, United Kingdom13 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The lodge is situated within the boundaries of the Wildlife Rescue Centre in a relatively remote situation. We stayed in room 3 which is a little bit of a (flat) walk from the restaurant, but so lovely to walk past the elephants having breakfast and the birds singing. The food is very good and there’s a pool for a swim after the day trip round the Centre ( a full day is a must do). The room was comfy and had all amenities, tho don’t expect a luxury resort. This place is part of the Wildlife Rescue Centre and is run for that benefit.
The Rescue Centre is doing an amazing job taking in all sorts of wild animals that have been used in the pet trade, elephants from the logging and tourist trade and tigers from an old zoo that closed down due to COVID. They spend a lot of time rehabilitating animals that have been humanised and give them a better life. They have a gibbon release program for those that are able to live back in the wild, tho sadly many other animals are too humanised to be able to return to nature. This is in no way the tourist elephant ‘sanctuary’ that draws so many tourists in on the pretence of caring for the elephants. This is the real thing. Go if you can, see the beautiful animals, learn how they look after them and their stories, and support their work.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Spend 2 nights there and do the day trip which starts at 10am.
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Robin G asked a question Sept 2019
North Vancouver, Canada2 contributions2 helpful votes
What rooms are considered best for elephant viewing and feeding ???
Answer from Thai W.
Bangkok93 contributions14 helpful votes
All rooms have a view over the elephant fields or forest, but rooms 3-6 have a balcony directly connected to the forest with elephants.
Answer from Ben P from MB
Manhattan Beach, California12 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in the rooms in the main area, just above the main reception and dining area. The rooms were basic, but most importantly clean and comfortable. The elephants walk up to this area, and you can feed them fruit and treats. You can arrange for transportation from the airport or hotel in Bangkok. Email them (link on the website) to arrange everything.
tlb91 wrote a tip May 2024
San Jose, Ca168 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s kind of far out in the country, so try to stay overnight (the villas are amazing). We found the breakfast and lunch buffet to excel."
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fraser272 wrote a tip May 2024
Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take earplugs if you don't want an early wake up from the gibbons "
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Wiggo B wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring proper camera, difficult with glaring sun and dark shade in the same picture."
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wendy b wrote a tip Sept 2023
112 contributions75 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Forgot to say in my review what a great breakfast they supplied "
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Trina154 wrote a tip Aug 2023
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom125 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pick a forest view room"
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Which popular attractions are close to I love phants Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at I love phants Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at I love phants Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at I love phants Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at I love phants Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at I love phants Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, I love phants Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at I love phants Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
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