Elephant Hills

Phuket, Thailand

The hotel

Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp, Elephant Hills, combines the camp aspect of an East African safari with the Thai tropical rainforest. Located in Khao Sok National Park, Elephant Hills is just a couple of hours north of Phuket or Krabi and with complimentary transfers from most beach hotels in the region, it’s an easy combination and an unmissable experience. We are proud to support the unique elephant experience where you can feed and interact with these magnificent creatures, an award-winning programme that puts elephant welfare, education and conservation at the heart of what they do.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Elephant Hills is located in Khao Sok National Park in Thailand's Phang Nga Province. The Tented Camp is set in Thailand's tropical jungle environment and The Rainforest Camp floats on Cheow Larn Lake. Transfers available from Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak and even Koh Samui.

Hotel information

The Elephant Camp is the main camp with 66 spacious tents with 1 king-size or 2 double beds sleeping 2 adults and 1 child. All tents are bugproof and have electricity, en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower and hot/cold water and a fan. Set amongst the rainforest, the camp has a swimming pool with superb view of the spectacular limestone cliffs, an open-air restaurant and bar with campfire creating a romantic and warm atmosphere to share your traveller’s tales. Dinners include movie presentations, dance and cooking demonstrations to keep you entertained and there is even WiFi to show all those at home what they’re missing.

The Rainforest Camp is the newest addition to Elephant Hills. There are 20 rainforest tents each with 1 queen-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping 2 adults and 1 child. They are located over the Cheow Larn Lake, making it one of the only floating tented camps in the world. The spectacular lakes are surrounded by rainforest and towering limestone cliffs. Designed to be at one with nature, the camp is powered by wind and solar energy and uses responsible waste management, so no WiFi here, just total peace and relaxation.

Full Board includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the activities in the itinerary. Soft drinks and alcohol are available at extra charge.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Unique Elephant camp close to Phuket and Krabi

Complimentary return transfers from Phuket airport/hotels, Khao Lak hotels, Krabi airport/hotels, Koh Samui airport/hotels

Sleep in African safari-style luxury tents with all meals and activities included

Sustainable, award-winning camp with Elephant Conservation Project

Restaurant and bar. Swimming pool. Evening entertainment includes traditional Thai dances from local school children, film documentaries and Thai cooking demonstrations. Fantastic range of activities including elephant interaction, canoe trips on the Sok River and jungle treks. Complimentary WiFi in all tents.

Jungle Safari

Elephant Experience • Canoe Safari • Jungle Trekking

See the highlights of Southern Thailand’s natural beauty with this short 2-night itinerary.

Day 1: Arrive in time for lunch, then depart on a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River passing the Limestone Mountains and tropical vegetation to the elephant sanctuary. Here you can see, feed and learn about the elephants and the conservation project as well as meet and learn the secrets of the mahout. Overnight at The Elephant Camp

Day 2: Leisurely breakfast before exploring the secluded Cheow Lan Lake by long-tail boat, the 60 km lake has more than 100 islands. Enjoy the spectacular scenery with time to dip into the lake’s emerald water and lunch at the local raft house. Overnight at The Elephant Camp

Day 3: Guided walk to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests with lunch served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers. Afternoon transfer.

Beach & Rainforest Nature Safari

Elephant Experience • Traditional Junk trip • Market visit

Day 1: As per Day 1 of the Jungle Safari itinerary.

Day 2: Enjoy the mangroves by speed boat looking out for local wildlife along the way. Board a traditional Burmese Junk for lunch and explore the mangroves by canoe. Overnight at The Elephant Camp.

Day 3: Leisurely breakfast before exploring the secluded Cheow Lan Lake by long-tail boat, the 60 km lake has more than 100 islands. Enjoy the spectacular scenery with time to dip into the lake’s emerald water and lunch at the local raft house. Overnight at The Elephant Camp.

Day 4: Guided walk to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests with lunch served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers. Afternoon transfer.

Jungle Lake Safari

Elephant Experience • Overnight at floating Rainforest Camp • Market visit

Day 1: As per Day 1 of the Jungle Safari itinerary. Overnight at The Elephant Camp.

Day 2: Leisurely breakfast before exploring the secluded Cheow Lan Lake by long-tail boat, the 60 km lake has more than 100 islands and is home to wild elephants, the rare Asian Ox, tropical birds, monkeys and amphibians and reptiles. Lunch at Rainforest Camp before a guided walk to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Overnight at The Rainforest Camp.

Day 3: Take a canoe safari around the small channels of the Cheow Lan Lake, a silent adventure in the heart of the rainforest. Lunch served at the Rainforest Camp and afternoon transfer to your onward destination.

Please note: child ages are 4 years and over for Elephant Camp and 7 years and over for Rainforest Camp.

Please note: due to the nature of the tours pregnant ladies are unable to participate.

Accessibility: due to the nature of the tours it is not suitable for wheelchair users or customers with mobility restrictions. Please also note, there are no on site refrigeration facilities to store medication.

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Nov 16, 2019 J984CUjoea Swindon, United Kingdom

Highlight of our trip to a Thailand, so organised, staff are friendly and can’t do enough for you, immaculately presented accommodation. The activities are well run and The Elephant experience was magical, they are very well looked after and the guides are very knowledgeable. We had ‘Chief’, she was excellent and her English was great! :) This is… Read more
Highlight of our trip to a Thailand, so organised, staff are friendly and can’t do enough for you, immaculately presented accommodation. The activities are well run and The Elephant experience was magical, they are very well looked after and the guides are very knowledgeable. We had ‘Chief’, she was excellent and her English was great! :) This is ‘must do’ if you are in Southern Thailand! Read less
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Nov 15, 2019 Alan S Rushden, United Kingdom

4 days of complete fun. First I would like to say many thanks to Bamboo and GinGin for making our holiday very special. First day you arrive it's a short ride to wash and feed the elephants which is quite amazing. The elephants are not chained up and are free to leave if they have had enough of you washing them ( you spend about 2hrs with them.… Read more
4 days of complete fun. First I would like to say many thanks to Bamboo and GinGin for making our holiday very special. First day you arrive it's a short ride to wash and feed the elephants which is quite amazing. The elephants are not chained up and are free to leave if they have had enough of you washing them ( you spend about 2hrs with them. Please note you DO NOT ride these wonderful animals.) Then a canoe trip down the river which was great fun. The meals are of high quality with good evening entertainment. The tents are amazing and comfortable and it's great hearing the wildlife going to sleep and waking up to the sounds in the morning. The next day highlight for us was the self canoeing through the mangrove channels. Day 3 again was well organised and fun with a trip on the lake and a swim The last day again was very special to us was the trek through the rain forest with Bamboo and GinGin which is just over the river at Elephant Hills. Again many thanks to all at Elephant Hills for a great time!!! P S. We are both in our 60s so it's never too late for a jungle adventure. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing experience from start to finish

Nov 15, 2019 danwhelan86

We done the 3 day/2 night package with Elephant Hills. We taught at first the price seemed a bit expensive but when you go on the tour you can see why you pay what you do as you get a brilliant return for your money. From the moment we got there everything was organised to the smallest detail. Firstly we done canoeing down the river and when… Read more
We done the 3 day/2 night package with Elephant Hills. We taught at first the price seemed a bit expensive but when you go on the tour you can see why you pay what you do as you get a brilliant return for your money. From the moment we got there everything was organised to the smallest detail. Firstly we done canoeing down the river and when that was done it was onto feed the elephants, which are looked after and treated extremely well. Then back for an evening meal and entertainment. The next day was onto the rainforest camp to stay on the lake. This was another epic adventure. Where we done kayaking and trekking through the jungle. All the food was delicious and there was great choices at every sitting. Finally, our guide Doh was brilliant, very caring, friendly, knowledgeable and easily approachable with any questions we might of had. Definitely an experience I will never forget. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Incredible experience!

Nov 15, 2019 tomgmcfarlane London, United Kingdom

Amazing experience! Our guide Pond was fantastic! We did the three day experience, arriving from Phuket airport (flew from Bangkok), elephant experience and kayaking on the first day, next day we visited a local market followed by a view point tour of Ratchaprapha lake and then on to the floating lake camp where we trekked through the jungle and… Read more
Amazing experience! Our guide Pond was fantastic! We did the three day experience, arriving from Phuket airport (flew from Bangkok), elephant experience and kayaking on the first day, next day we visited a local market followed by a view point tour of Ratchaprapha lake and then on to the floating lake camp where we trekked through the jungle and had a chance to swim and kayak along the lake. Food was much better than expected throughout - highly recommend. Only suggestion would be to book a private taxi from the airport to elephant hills - some people on our flight managed to go through international immigration rather than domestic so we had to wait around 45 mins for them to come through for the shared taxi (obviously not elephant hills fault). Incredible experience overall. Read less
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Nov 14, 2019 581nigelc Preston, United Kingdom

We booked the 2 day, one night tour and so glad that we did. It was excellent!! Elephant Hills is in the middle of the rainforest and was about 3.5 hours from Phuket. Don’t let this put you off. The transfers were seamless and like everything on the tour it was very well organised. Our tent was lovely , some luxury camping in the rainforest.… Read more
We booked the 2 day, one night tour and so glad that we did. It was excellent!! Elephant Hills is in the middle of the rainforest and was about 3.5 hours from Phuket. Don’t let this put you off. The transfers were seamless and like everything on the tour it was very well organised. Our tent was lovely , some luxury camping in the rainforest. Getting used to the sounds of the jungle were great, it’s amazing how noisy it can be... The meals we had were fine, not a huge choice but certainly something for everyone - Thai dishes to pizza - and very tasty. So, to the activities. We were allocated a guide for the two days. Our’s was Banana and she was brilliant! Very knowledgeable, great personality and very caring for her group. The canoe trip was a relaxing way to see the jungle from a different viewpoint. Then we went to the elephants. This was the highlight of the two days. They do some great work here looking after the elephants and we enjoyed being part of this responsible tourism. We had the opportunity to touch, wash and feed the elephants - totally unique experience and 10 out of 10 on the WOW factor. The evening activities included Thai dancing and Thai dish preparation demonstration. On the second day we had a guided walk through the rainforest which was informative and spectacular. Overall this is a tour with the wow factor for all the right reasons and one that I would recommend. Read less