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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Sep 11, 2019 dianneduncan23 Adelaide, Australia

We spent two Amazing nights & enjoyed every moment Elephant are so gentle & mahouts were very accommodating Luxury tents have everything Best guides, very professional & knowledgeable A once in a lifetime experience. Recommend to all
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simply amazing - a once-in-a-lifetime experience

Sep 9, 2019 Colin E London, United Kingdom

Step 3 of our Thailand tour was staying with the Elephant Hills resort for 3 days and 2 nights. And it was quite simply the highlight of the trip. Day 1 was meeting elephants, preparing food for them and then feeding them, and then washing them off. Children from the local school performed traditional dances that evening, before we moved to our… Read more
Step 3 of our Thailand tour was staying with the Elephant Hills resort for 3 days and 2 nights. And it was quite simply the highlight of the trip. Day 1 was meeting elephants, preparing food for them and then feeding them, and then washing them off. Children from the local school performed traditional dances that evening, before we moved to our Glamping Tents. The whole operation was impressively set up, within the constraints they face. Day 2 was travelling to the Khao Sok national park – including a fun boat trip! – to a floating hotel. We had the chance to swim in the lake, where there are lots of large carp that enjoy watermelon, as well as smaller puffer fish that can nip if you don’t move around much. We had a short trek through the rainforest to a local cave – complete with spiders and bats! – before heading back to the floating hotel. Day 3 was some kayaking, before relaxing and then heading to the next resort. The food was simple-ish fare but tasty and plenty of it: but the efforts that they went to for my daughter (a pescatarian) were simply outstanding! We were very jealous of what she got to eat. I also need to praise our guide, Bamboo, who was simply amazing throughout our stay. I think she’d probably the best guide I’ve ever been lucky enough to be led by – authoritative, funny, clear & helpful. To be honest, this made our whole holiday. I cannot recommend it enough. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A must to do if you're visiting Thailand!!

Sep 6, 2019 425bethw Bristol, United Kingdom

Without a doubt the best three days of our entire two week trip. Firstly you arrive at the elephant camp, greeted by friendly and helpful hosts who show you to lovely, spacious tents with their own bathroom, porch and hammock. Theres also a big communal area where food is served or you can relax as a group around tables a chairs (only suggestion… Read more
Without a doubt the best three days of our entire two week trip. Firstly you arrive at the elephant camp, greeted by friendly and helpful hosts who show you to lovely, spacious tents with their own bathroom, porch and hammock. Theres also a big communal area where food is served or you can relax as a group around tables a chairs (only suggestion here is there are some cushions on the chairs?). Everything was very elephant themed with the chairs being carved into elephant shapes - adorable! The food selection is really good with mild to spicy stuff and some western options. They were also really good if you had an allergy or dietary requirement. There was also a pool, not huge but a good size for a dip and cool down. The beds were big enough for three people and each room had a fan. Also electricity was available. The elephants themselves are soooooo beautiful!! They're not mistreated in anyway, if they didnt want to come over for food or a wash, they weren't made to. Their area was a good size with areas for shade and a pool! We cut up food for them and they came over when they felt ready (which once they worked out it was lunch time was quickly, greedy monkeys!). Then some of them got in the pool and we all were able to just watch them, bathing, take pictures and generally just marvel at these gorgeous animals. The guides were really skilled and knowledgeable about the elephants. All the elephants at elephant hills were 50 to 70 years old and had been mistreated in the logging industry or homeless on the street most their lives and now they were retired and allowed to do what they wanted. They were also all female. We even watched a video on the creation of elephant hills and why it was needed. We spent a good few hours here before heading back to have dinner, there were activities on offer but not compulsory to take part in. The scenery around is also beautiful, so green and luscious. We had a down pour of rain at one point and it was amazing to see! The forest around is also really noisy, full of wildlife noises!! Up next we went onto the jungle camp, here we took a small overnight bag with just what we needed. We took a boat bus to the camp which was an hours journey, passing enormous stacked islands coming out of the water. Then we were all shown to our rooms which were similar in size to the elephant camp rooms. But the view.......oh wow. Just an amazing view over the lake, listening to the sounds of the jungle and the water lapping at the side of the float. Oh yeah the rooms are floating on the water...secured of course. The food again was lovely, nice choices. We swam in the lake and kayaked. There was the option of going on a hike through the jungle, which we opted out of due to lack of decent footwear and that it was boiling hot. We could have stayed for a lot longer. Highly recommend this place!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Absolutely fantastic

Sep 3, 2019 Onholiday71

What can I say about this trip it’s fantastic. We stayed her in August with our kids having booked direct from the UK. Booking process was clear and concise and without any issues they could not have been more helpful. Transferred from hotel went smoothly and upon arrival at Elephant Hills our fantastic guide “Kong” arranged for a new 2 storey… Read more
What can I say about this trip it’s fantastic. We stayed her in August with our kids having booked direct from the UK. Booking process was clear and concise and without any issues they could not have been more helpful. Transferred from hotel went smoothly and upon arrival at Elephant Hills our fantastic guide “Kong” arranged for a new 2 storey villa as our kids are extremely tall for there ages, this was all above and beyond. We had the 3 day safari and whilst the kids obviously loved the elephant encounter, feeding washing etc the additional canoe trips rain forest hiking and trip to the lake safari lodges were they could swim and relax were excellent. Food was superb a mix of Thai food for adults and children but also a small range of food for the kids , entertain,ent was informative and educational about the conservation been done in the region. I can not recommend this location enough Many thanks for a fantastic stay Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Must See & Experience “Elephant Hills” sanctuary for elephants + floating tents

Sep 2, 2019 Mujeeb B Chicago, Illinois

We didn’t realize the beauty of Thailand’s jungle and mountains until we visited the geologic-time “coral reefs” of Elephant Hills & Khao Sok National Park! ... GLAMPING in the rainy season and in a floating tent is magical, when you are at one with nature. The entire Staff at both camp sites were on-point, and you could tell they were taught… Read more
We didn’t realize the beauty of Thailand’s jungle and mountains until we visited the geologic-time “coral reefs” of Elephant Hills & Khao Sok National Park! ... GLAMPING in the rainy season and in a floating tent is magical, when you are at one with nature. The entire Staff at both camp sites were on-point, and you could tell they were taught good hospitality etiquette (besides being beautiful people themselves), which goes a long way when you are in the middle of a forest! ... on our first night, one of the tent lamps had a minor issue, and the Engineering Manager himself personally returned to work to investigate and resolve the matter. This is a private facility (not government controlled), so the tours & travel guides have some leeway in terms of what can be done ~ and it’s all fantastic! We arranged this tour through a US/UK travel agency, and would recommend you contact Elephant Hills directly and ask them for rates, etc (instead of using a “middle man” like we did). Read less