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129 moo 2 Tambon Klondo, Amphoe Danmakamtia, Changwat Kanchanaburi 71260 Thailand

+66 (0)61 572 8761

It's time to make a real change,

we are going to make a difference

Photos by: Fotojeanique, William R. Photographies, Emmy Huvier, Sara Martin Sanchez, Nikki van Beijnum

About Somboon Legacy Foundation

Somboon Legacy Foundation is located 25KM outside of the city of Kanchanaburi and  134KM from Bangkok.

We were founded on the 13th of March 2019, Thailand's National Elephant Day, and currently, we are taking care of two elephants.

We have partnered with The Legacy River Kwai Resort who provide employment for the local community. Perched on the bank of the River Kwai Noi, they serve as a quiet, green and ideal venue for rest and relaxation.

The exotic land, covered in large trees with wildlife such as squirrels, birds, and geckos, spans a total of 300 rai.       

The resort’s main goal is incorporating a healthy living experience with nature, and they offer spa facilities for relaxation. 

They grow as many fruits and vegetables as they can organically.

Our sanctuary takes care of old, ill, handicapped and rescued elephants.    

Somboon Legacy Foundation's purpose is to rescue and rehabilitate elephants from a life of stress and cruel exploitation.               


We want to be an example of the ethical change in the animal tourism industry, and offer a completely hands-off experience for our visitors, which makes for happy elephants in a stress-free environment.

The goal is to let our elephants live and interact in the most natural way, foraging in an area where they roam freely.                                        

Physical human contact will be limited to the mahouts (elephant caretaker) only. They are wild animals, and should not be treated as pets.     


We are working together with the Mahidol Wildlife Hospital, who provide us with health care for the elephants. 

Being a mahout (elephant caretaker) is an old job, and is considered to be a very low profession. We think mahouts are heroes and we want to show this to the rest of the world.

Our passionate mahouts have years of experience in taking care of elephants and take pride in their job, they are treated with the respect they deserve.

 We keep our mahouts updated with training and any new mahouts will go through extensive training as well.

We allow a small group with a maximum of 12 adult visitors to ensure that we don’t disturb the elephants. Children (accompanied by their parents) until the age of 12 can join free of charge, as the future of wildlife is in their hands.

Community is at the forefront of our vision.

The organization includes them in ways such as allowing them to present handmade souvenirs to sell to our visitors and they grow crops for us at a fair price.                                       

Another important thing we plan to do in our community is castrating/sterilize the dogs and cats, to reduce the number of stray animals.    

Somboon Legacy Foundation, where we bring humans, animals and nature together.

Experience ultimate relaxation