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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A simply incredible experience!

Jul 20, 2019 TAMB1

A brilliant 2 night stay at elephant hills. We chose the 1 night in jungle camp and 1 night in rainforest camp on the lake and it was perfect! The staff, organisation and food can't be faulted. Our guide Toh was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend. We travelled with 2 teenagers.
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Jul 19, 2019 petieeV1 Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom

We went to Elephant Hills for two nights, three days. From start to finish it was a fantastic experience. From canoeing down a river, to washing and feeding elephants, to going on a trek, into the jungle, to see monkeys, bats, snakes and spiders, to kayaking in the National Park and swimming in the lake. For those who have said 1) the elephants… Read more
We went to Elephant Hills for two nights, three days. From start to finish it was a fantastic experience. From canoeing down a river, to washing and feeding elephants, to going on a trek, into the jungle, to see monkeys, bats, snakes and spiders, to kayaking in the National Park and swimming in the lake. For those who have said 1) the elephants are tame - they are right, they are tame because they’ve been rescued from logging and circuses and 2) it’s a bit like a school trip - yes it is but experience is second to none. The food was good as well. Sam was an excellent guide and I thank him and everyone there for making it a very worthwhile experience. Read less
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Jul 19, 2019 X4138TXlorrainem Belfast, United Kingdom

Brilliant 2 night stay at elephant hills with amazing activities, great guides, good company and food. Day 1 activities included the elephant experience (washing and feeding which was one of the most amazing family experiences we have had) and canoe trip on the river. Day 2 comprised of a visit to a local town, long tail boat ride to the… Read more
Brilliant 2 night stay at elephant hills with amazing activities, great guides, good company and food. Day 1 activities included the elephant experience (washing and feeding which was one of the most amazing family experiences we have had) and canoe trip on the river. Day 2 comprised of a visit to a local town, long tail boat ride to the rainforest floating camp for lunch followed by kayaking and swimming. Day 3 was a nature walk which honestly we weren't overly excited about beforehand, but it was great due to the knowledge of our guide. Don't miss the popcorn afternoon snacks when you get back from your excursions - great treat when catching up and comparing experiences with other travellers. Read less
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Jul 19, 2019 887chloeh London, United Kingdom

We’ve just done 3 nights at Elephant Hills, and can’t fault the staff and organisation at Elephant Hills , it’s been a good experience overall , great activities seeing the elephants , we loved feeding them! and the lake day trip , where you get a boat onto the lake with beautiful scenery (made me think of Halong bay, Vietnam) and then have… Read more
We’ve just done 3 nights at Elephant Hills, and can’t fault the staff and organisation at Elephant Hills , it’s been a good experience overall , great activities seeing the elephants , we loved feeding them! and the lake day trip , where you get a boat onto the lake with beautiful scenery (made me think of Halong bay, Vietnam) and then have several hours there to go swimming and kayaking. Our guide Kong particularly has been so lovely and looked after everyone so well. I just wanted to mention for anyone booking - particularly couples - that I think 2 nights is plenty.. most people who seem to rave about their stay have picked the 2 night option- then you get to stay at the main rainforest camp 1 night, and the floating lake camp 1 night. It seems to be if you do 3 nights you are just at the main camp for 3 nights.. not sure why that is! but we booked through Trailfinders so I should have checked this more carefully what our stay involved. By the 3rd day it’s another lake trip (although to different location through mangrove rivers ) with more swimming and kayaking so it does start to repeat itself slightly. And we’ve had a ton of rain today so that hasn’t helped as cut the day short a bit- again my fault for booking in rainy season.. watch out for that !! ;) There are lots of families here (also worth noting for couples , very family orientated if you’re not into kids!) and maybe for kids 3 days is great to keep them occupied. Just thought it’s worth mentioning for anyone about to book, but a lovely place overall. Read less
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Jul 18, 2019 Kathryn G Hill Head, United Kingdom

One of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had on holiday. I was only 2 nights but was something I will never ever forget! Feeding, cleaning and interacting with the elephants. Jungle canoe trips seeing wild gibbons and monitor lizards! Our guide, Banana, was superb and we wouldn’t have had the same experience without her. I would have paid… Read more
One of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had on holiday. I was only 2 nights but was something I will never ever forget! Feeding, cleaning and interacting with the elephants. Jungle canoe trips seeing wild gibbons and monitor lizards! Our guide, Banana, was superb and we wouldn’t have had the same experience without her. I would have paid double if I knew what we would have experienced!! Read less