Elephant Hills

Phuket, Thailand

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 2053 reviews

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 as well as Surat Thani 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, Surat Thani airport/hotels, Khanom District and Don Sak Pier

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.

Trip advisor rating: 5.0 Based on 2053 reviews

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Must to experience. It's not just the elephants; the scenary is stunning

Jan 21, 2019 Maz2009 Hertford, UK

When my travel agent first mentioned Elephant Hills, it struck me as rather expensive for a 2 night stay. I could not have been more wrong. After experiencing the luxury camp, the lakeside floating camp, the food, the organised trek, the elephant feeding, the kayaking etc, I had to admit that this was really very good value for… Read more
When my travel agent first mentioned Elephant Hills, it struck me as rather expensive for a 2 night stay. I could not have been more wrong. After experiencing the luxury camp, the lakeside floating camp, the food, the organised trek, the elephant feeding, the kayaking etc, I had to admit that this was really very good value for money. Everything is organised so well. Pick up from our hotel in Krabi was exactly on time. We enjoyed the journey to the tented camps and were very impressed by the glamping experience. The beds are very comfortable. The bathrooms would fill Fred Flinstone with envy and the food was delicious and varied. The guides were well informed and took excellent care of everyone. I loved our trek through the rainforest and the adventure of the bat cave. We saw plenty of wildlife and we enjoyed learning about the flora and fauna from our guides. The sunrises and sunsets are sublime and if you are fortunate enough to be there on a cloudless night, don't forget to look up to see the stars. Read less
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Jan 20, 2019 Stephaniejc17 Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

I cannot recommend this trip enough it’s been a highlight of our trip to Thailand. We did a night in both camps, the rainforest camp was fantastic and would have happily spent an extra night . Staying on the water was so relaxing and swimming with the huge fish was fun. Bathing the elephants and feeding them was amazing they are such beautiful… Read more
I cannot recommend this trip enough it’s been a highlight of our trip to Thailand. We did a night in both camps, the rainforest camp was fantastic and would have happily spent an extra night . Staying on the water was so relaxing and swimming with the huge fish was fun. Bathing the elephants and feeding them was amazing they are such beautiful animals. Go do this trip you won’t regret it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 2 night/3 day safari with kids

Jan 20, 2019 ellieas2n Cheltenham, United Kingdom

We had a magical stay here with kids aged 6 & 10 years old. The tents were so comfortable, the food was delicious and varied. The elephants were really wonderful but the other activities - canoeing, hiking etc were also superb. We can't recommend this trip highly enough and it was worth every penny. Fantastic memories.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolutely an amazing experience!

Jan 18, 2019 Trudy S

Learning about the elephants with a hands on experience was amazing. I did the 3 day trip and enjoyed every moment. The staff were fantastic, food was great. Transportation was covered and went smoothly. Loved the floating tents, jumping into to water from a small landing coming out the tent front entrance. Canoeing early in the morning watching… Read more
Learning about the elephants with a hands on experience was amazing. I did the 3 day trip and enjoyed every moment. The staff were fantastic, food was great. Transportation was covered and went smoothly. Loved the floating tents, jumping into to water from a small landing coming out the tent front entrance. Canoeing early in the morning watching the mist rise from the water and listening to the wildlife awaken was very memorable. Also loved the trek in the jungle up the mountain to a huge cave. Everything about my experience was amazing and shall never forget it. Thanks to all. Read less
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Jan 18, 2019 348theresam Gorebridge, United Kingdom

We enjoyed the most amazing experience here, not just the elephants 🐘, but the sounds of the jungle🌴, all the activities from canoeing 🛶 to jungle trek to the bat 🦇 cave, swimming 🏊‍♀️ in the lake 🐟 , the Thai food🍜, amazing scenery, the staff who were all very welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable, & great humour from our tour guide Bamboo,… Read more
We enjoyed the most amazing experience here, not just the elephants 🐘, but the sounds of the jungle🌴, all the activities from canoeing 🛶 to jungle trek to the bat 🦇 cave, swimming 🏊‍♀️ in the lake 🐟 , the Thai food🍜, amazing scenery, the staff who were all very welcoming, friendly, knowledgeable, & great humour from our tour guide Bamboo, this was definitely the highlight of our holiday to Thailand 🇹🇭 Read less