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.

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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Aug 6, 2020 hkG7713NB Devon, United Kingdom

Very organised tour. We had a night at the main camp, then a night on the lake. Staff were very accommodating to my partner who had an injured foot, so they helped him getting in and out of boats, plus were good with his special dietary requirement, making separate dishes for him. Overall I feel it's quite expensive for what you get, but glad we… Read more
Very organised tour. We had a night at the main camp, then a night on the lake. Staff were very accommodating to my partner who had an injured foot, so they helped him getting in and out of boats, plus were good with his special dietary requirement, making separate dishes for him. Overall I feel it's quite expensive for what you get, but glad we did it and good to combine touring and nature activities rather than just Bangkok and beaches. Read less
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May 18, 2020 Sherry G Los Angeles, California

I have always been a camper, my back packing days are over but the kids wanted to see elephants, I wanted a national park and lots of flora and fauna. We all won, we visited both properties and really enjoyed the soft excursions, no heavy duty here. The only downside come from the National Park Authority where you need to wear a life jacket to… Read more
I have always been a camper, my back packing days are over but the kids wanted to see elephants, I wanted a national park and lots of flora and fauna. We all won, we visited both properties and really enjoyed the soft excursions, no heavy duty here. The only downside come from the National Park Authority where you need to wear a life jacket to swim in the lake. That is taking things a bit too extreme. The food was varied and simple. I loved the local dance troop performing. The guides are well informed and friendly. Read less
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Apr 26, 2020 EmmersJ123

Absolutely amazing experience, loved every minute of our stay. The tents are very nice and at night you can here all the animals around you. The elephant experience is one I will never forget, I loved every minute of being around these amazing animals. The rainforest camp was lovely and the hike through the rainforest is must do but it is very… Read more
Absolutely amazing experience, loved every minute of our stay. The tents are very nice and at night you can here all the animals around you. The elephant experience is one I will never forget, I loved every minute of being around these amazing animals. The rainforest camp was lovely and the hike through the rainforest is must do but it is very tiring and hot! Staff are very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend going and I would love to go back one day. Read less
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Apr 12, 2020 Kim W

This was the most amazing place and we couldn’t fault it all. We were so well looked after and the ‘tent’ we stayed in was very luxurious. We were fed three times a day with beautiful food, smiley faces and the most friendly people you could ever meet. The organised trips were excellent but meeting and interacting with the elephants by far… Read more
This was the most amazing place and we couldn’t fault it all. We were so well looked after and the ‘tent’ we stayed in was very luxurious. We were fed three times a day with beautiful food, smiley faces and the most friendly people you could ever meet. The organised trips were excellent but meeting and interacting with the elephants by far surpassed my expectations. My dreams all came true when we were allowed to touch the elephants, feed them and my favourite, wash them. They were so gentle, friendly and funny. If you do nothing else when visiting Thailand, you must do this. The experienced, friendly and informative guides were fantastic. I would definitely go again 😃 Read less
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Apr 7, 2020 keith p Crewe, United Kingdom

2 nights trip. One at Elephant Hills camp, the second at the Koh Sok Lake jungle camp Overall very enjoyable. A little bit of hanging around on day 1. River canoe trip did not reveal much wildlife but the scenery was lovely. The elephant experience was worthwhile and well organised The jungle camp was a real superb experience. Tents were well… Read more
2 nights trip. One at Elephant Hills camp, the second at the Koh Sok Lake jungle camp Overall very enjoyable. A little bit of hanging around on day 1. River canoe trip did not reveal much wildlife but the scenery was lovely. The elephant experience was worthwhile and well organised The jungle camp was a real superb experience. Tents were well equipped. Swimming was fabulous , but restricted and uncomfortble with the full life jacket rules. The sound of the monkeys in the forest stillness was areal highlight Food ok and plenty of it. Overall well organised , glad we did it. Read less