One of the highlight when tourists visit Thailand is to ride an elephant. Phuket Island Safari, 20 minutes drive from downtown is an area that offer such experience.
A cart of two people is placed on top of elephant and 'the driver' controls movement with a kind of big needle by pressing it to the left or right of elephant's head. A bit sadistic for human, but I guess it is like scratching for elephant thick skin.
Read my post about Phuketto more highlights.