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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Mar 21, 2019 sammyvictoria2018 Victoria, Canada

Our family did the two night three day package with one night at elephant hills and one night on the floating lake. We were a bit skeptical about the positive ratings as we live in a very natural area, but we weren’t disappointed! The time with the elephants was magical and the floating lodge was great as well. Our host Nong was always pleasant… Read more
Our family did the two night three day package with one night at elephant hills and one night on the floating lake. We were a bit skeptical about the positive ratings as we live in a very natural area, but we weren’t disappointed! The time with the elephants was magical and the floating lodge was great as well. Our host Nong was always pleasant and proactively addressed all of our needs, including our gluten free dietary needs. We skipped the walk in the jungle due to the heat but went on a great guided kayak tour. Everything was very organized and on time. Loved it! Read less
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Mar 20, 2019 508emilyn

This experience was better than we could have ever imagined. The days were structured very well and we were kept busy, yet we never felt rushed. The food was delicious and we loved the cooking demonstration (chicken and pineapple curry) As for the elephants, we felt they were treated excellently and they gave us loads of great information about… Read more
This experience was better than we could have ever imagined. The days were structured very well and we were kept busy, yet we never felt rushed. The food was delicious and we loved the cooking demonstration (chicken and pineapple curry) As for the elephants, we felt they were treated excellently and they gave us loads of great information about them. The tents were beautifully clean and had all the necessities included. The location of the tents was simply stunning. The whole floating tent experience was just breathtaking. The cherry on top of our experience was our guide, Nong. She was Friendly, informative, helpful,all of the things a guide should be and more. Any questions we had, she was able to give us answers to Highly highly recommend booking this experience, it is worth every single Baht Read less
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Mar 20, 2019 Buddhaman Isleham, United Kingdom

Visited Elephant Hills whilst holidaying in Khao Lak. We booked the 2 night trip (1 night at Elephant Hills and the other on the lake). The elephant experience and guided kayak trip were both very enjoyable on the first day and we ended the day with a good meal and a video explaining about the location. We informed our guide that we were… Read more
Visited Elephant Hills whilst holidaying in Khao Lak. We booked the 2 night trip (1 night at Elephant Hills and the other on the lake). The elephant experience and guided kayak trip were both very enjoyable on the first day and we ended the day with a good meal and a video explaining about the location. We informed our guide that we were vegetarian and we had our own veggie meals cooked. Others ate from the buffet. The food was excellent throughout the trip. The tent was very comfortable with everything that you would need. Next day, after breakfast we left on a road journey to the lakeside terminal where we took our invigorating long-tail boat ride to the tented site on the lake. Prepare to get a bit 'damp' on this journey! The tented site was in a fabulous location surrounded by limestone 'mountains' and forests. Once again the tent was comfortable and the food was great. You awake to the sounds of gibbons in the forest. Whilst others went on a 3 hour trek in the forest, we opted for kayaking around the lakes and taking a dip outside our tent. The evening ended with another very interesting video about the area. Next day we went on a group kayaking excursion to hunt some of the wildlife. A great experience which was the highlight of our holiday Read less
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Mar 19, 2019 tracy m Brisbane Region, Australia

This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Thailand. Everything was at the highest level. From the guides Doh and Tom Tam who did a fantastic job and are so knowledgeable to the food, the accomodation in the tents were absolutely incredible. Being able to feed and wash elephants that are not ridden or chained and given the life as close to… Read more
This was definitely the highlight of our trip to Thailand. Everything was at the highest level. From the guides Doh and Tom Tam who did a fantastic job and are so knowledgeable to the food, the accomodation in the tents were absolutely incredible. Being able to feed and wash elephants that are not ridden or chained and given the life as close to their natural habitat as possible was such a blessing to witness. I will definitely be going one day, a must do for any elephant lovers Read less
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Mar 17, 2019 FoodieMcFoodface Plymouth, United Kingdom

This stunning tour will stay with us forever! My husband and I did the 2night/3day Lake Safari tour. Everything was breathtaking! The tents were clean and had everything you need. The first night is at the Elephant Camp. When we arrived we were shown around and then to our tent by the lovely staff. We then had free time to get ourselves sorted… Read more
This stunning tour will stay with us forever! My husband and I did the 2night/3day Lake Safari tour. Everything was breathtaking! The tents were clean and had everything you need. The first night is at the Elephant Camp. When we arrived we were shown around and then to our tent by the lovely staff. We then had free time to get ourselves sorted and have a dip in the pool if you wanted. After a lovely lunch we then all met up and drove to the Elephants. I hadn’t realised they were a drive away but makes sense as they need the big space and better for security with there being less people around where they keep them. It’s only a 20 minute drive and it was nice to see the scenery as we went. If you look at the itinerary on their website, it tells you want you do so couldn’t quite understand the below comment about being miss sold as they say what we do, and it doesn’t mention a full day with the elephants. And I wouldn’t want to. They aren’t there to be around all day. The camp is called Elephant Hills due to the hills surrounding the camps. We are there when they are ready to be fed. Not to bug them. They were free to roam around and if they didn’t want to be washed then we didn’t do it. Our elephant didn’t want to so that was that, and I am more than happy to let them be and not be bullied into staying when we want them too. It’s still a wonder experience! Once we were finished with the Elephants, we went on a canoe trip and saw snakes, monkeys and a huge lizard. The evening entertainment was singing by local school children, a documentary on the jungle and then a curry demonstration. They don’t do a lot but it’s within the theme of the tour. Otherwise you were free to eat dinner and mingle. The next day we left to go to the lake. We stopped at a market first and then at the dam to explain about the lake. We then took a 40 minute trip to the camp. It’s solar powered so no sockets at the camp, only in the bar area. You do have fans in your room. Thank god as it was hot! I didn’t go on the trek as they mentioned spiders and would freak me out too much but my husband said it was really good, but steep and as it was boiling hot, he said everyone struggled. A bit of a shame they do not have an easier walk but it is the jungle after all. At the tent we went for a swim in the lake which was lovely and refreshing We could hear Gibbons from our tent and even saw some on our canoe trip. As well as a hornbill and other monkeys. This really is a trip of a lifetime and well organised. Our guide, Bha was fantastic and really made our stay that extra special. We recommend taking/not taking the following items: A dry bag (we had a 30litre one and they provide a 5litre one which Was handy- recommend buying one before you go as expensive at the camp) Some binoculars, we didn’t have any and really wished we had as some of the monkeys are hard to see. Toiletries- unless there’s a particular shampoo or whatever that you like, you really do not need to take them. The ones they have smell amazing and my hair was lovely and soft. They provide, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. They have towels too. A good mosquito repellent- I suffer very badly from bites so I use Incognito mosquito brand. I took the hair and body wash with me as well as the sun cream and spray and never got bit once! Extra camera battery- as you are unable to charge unless at the bar during certain times it’s best to bring a spare if you can. Double insulated water bottle- these are amazing!!! They keep your water cold even if the outside feels hot from the sun. They have cold water stations at both camps so you re-fill when you like. It’s great as the water they give you in bottles is warm. You really do only need essentials. I hope you all have an amazing time, like us. Read less