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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Info re Lake swimming

Apr 6, 2020 1sunshine123 United Kingdom

Info for those for whom lake swimming is important. There seems to be a mixture of people saying they had a wonderful 'swim' in the Cheow Larn Lake and others who were extremely disappointed (like myself) at having to wear life jackets, which made it impossible to actually 'swim' and enjoy what could have been an amazing experience. When one of… Read more
Info for those for whom lake swimming is important. There seems to be a mixture of people saying they had a wonderful 'swim' in the Cheow Larn Lake and others who were extremely disappointed (like myself) at having to wear life jackets, which made it impossible to actually 'swim' and enjoy what could have been an amazing experience. When one of the guests in my group queried the wearing of life jackets our guide said that there were security cameras (which there is) to make sure regulations were obeyed and when we arrived back at the pier on the mainland he will be questioned by the authorities and has to report anyone who had disobeyed the rules. I was sceptical about this last statement but as this was the start of my stay in Thailand, and not knowing if there would be any consequences, I was not going to risk going in the lake without a life jacket. I'm not saying there isn't a NP rule regarding life jackets but since coming home I have looked at official sites for Khao Sok and the NP and cannot find it mentioned. Perhaps the life jacket and the 'no alcohol' rules for the NP should be available on the EH website so people are aware prior to booking. Read less
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Apr 6, 2020 Jeff B North Ogden, Utah

My wife and I booked the 3 day, 2 night Jungle Lake Safari tour. It was wonderful and easily the highlight of our trip to Thailand. The tour was incredibly well organized. I always say the best events are the ones where everything runs smoothly and you don't even realize the logistics going on in the background. This was definitely the case. The… Read more
My wife and I booked the 3 day, 2 night Jungle Lake Safari tour. It was wonderful and easily the highlight of our trip to Thailand. The tour was incredibly well organized. I always say the best events are the ones where everything runs smoothly and you don't even realize the logistics going on in the background. This was definitely the case. The transfer from our resort in Krabi was seamless. Upon arrival lunch was ready and so was our rooms. The elephant experience was perfect and exactly how my wife wanted to spend her birthday. After our float trip down the Sok river we arrived back at camp to find a birthday cake for my wife left in our tent! We never told them it was her birthday. They noticed it when copying her passport at check-in and had a cake sent to us. The floating rainforest camp was amazing and a great way to disconnect from the rest of the world. This whole 3 day experience was top notch from start to finish. I have been recommending it to all of my friends who are planning future trips to Thailand. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not what we were expecting - very expensive for the unadventurous experiences we received

Apr 3, 2020 Ashton246 Suffolk

Not doing this to 'knock' Elephant Hills but just to give our opinion in case this helps anyone. We recently did the 2 night Elephant Hills Jungle Lake Safari and were really disappointed. A lot of just 'hanging around'. As our hotel was close by we arrived by about 10.00. The first activity didn't start until after lunch when we were 'bused'… Read more
Not doing this to 'knock' Elephant Hills but just to give our opinion in case this helps anyone. We recently did the 2 night Elephant Hills Jungle Lake Safari and were really disappointed. A lot of just 'hanging around'. As our hotel was close by we arrived by about 10.00. The first activity didn't start until after lunch when we were 'bused' to the Elephant enclosure (very small area). Really disappointed with this 1.5 hr experience. A few days earlier we had been to the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary. PES was an amazing experience and defintely 'ethical', which parts of Elephant Hills (in our opinion) wasn't. They definitely do not 'ride' on the Elephants. (In fairness it was only our TA that told us it was ethical and EH did admit that it wasn't a Sanctuary but a 'business'). From there we had a 10-15 minute walk in extremely hot temperatures to get to the Canoe Safari down the Sok River. Defintely not a Safari. Very slow with the canoe scraping bottom of the river and the highlight was a snake fast asleep high up a tree. Set off the next morning for Cheow Larn Lake. The Market stop is just a few shops along a street. Long tail Boat ride was interesting but we weren't taken to the famous 'Three Sisters' karst formations. Arrived at Rainforest Camp. We'd been told prior to booking that the Jungle Trek was 45 minutes each way. Our guide told us it was at least 1 hr 30 mins each way and quite difficult as it was all up and down on unformed 'paths'. We decided not to go but were looking forward to swimming in the wonderful lake (part of the reason for booking the 2 night tour) - only to be told that the NP rule was no swimming without life jackets. These were the big 'cruise ship' life jackets so impossible to swim with them on. It was relaxing looking at the lake but a very expensive 'relaxing' afternoon. Evening meal was finished by 20.00 hrs. A short video about the Lake. By 20.30 the 'recreation' area closed. No alcohol (another NP rule that we weren't told about until arrival). No music. No 'games/cards', films or entertainment. Literally everyone went back to their tents. I started to reading but shortly after the 'electricity' went off and still hadn't come back by the time we left the next day. In the morning before breakfast we had a 'guided canoe Safari and Wildlife spotting' - it was peaceful canoeing but the 'highlight' was briefly seeing a Kingfisher and a couple of Egrits. Nothing else was organised and then after lunch the longtail boat back and tranfer to our next hotel. Read less
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Mar 29, 2020 lolab438 London, United Kingdom

We stayed at Elephant Hills March 2020 for the 3 days 2 nights. 1 night in main camp and 1 night in floating tent rainforest camp. We cant fault anything we absolutely loved this part of our holiday. The food was the best of our holiday with excellent choice and quantity. We washed and fed the elephants which was the highlight of course then the… Read more
We stayed at Elephant Hills March 2020 for the 3 days 2 nights. 1 night in main camp and 1 night in floating tent rainforest camp. We cant fault anything we absolutely loved this part of our holiday. The food was the best of our holiday with excellent choice and quantity. We washed and fed the elephants which was the highlight of course then the following day moved into the rainforest. I must add that the Khao Sok national park doesn't allow alcohol which came as a surprise but you can drink in the main on land camp. We was in team Venus who was brilliant very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, she never tired and was with us every step of the way. Brilliant work being done by the whole team. So well organised. Read less
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Mar 26, 2020 Pinelakemo Oak Harbor, Washington

True confessions, I am an elle fanatic. I have stayed at Elle camps in Africa over the years so when I put a trip together to Thailand, staying here was a no brainer. This place is well run but is very structured. You get put into a group of 10 and that is your group for the visit. Personally I would have appreciated a bit less structure and… Read more
True confessions, I am an elle fanatic. I have stayed at Elle camps in Africa over the years so when I put a trip together to Thailand, staying here was a no brainer. This place is well run but is very structured. You get put into a group of 10 and that is your group for the visit. Personally I would have appreciated a bit less structure and less same group but I get why they do it that way. The guide I had was good and was patient with my many "what kind of a bird is that" and "What kind of a butterfly is that" kinds of questions. The time with the Elles was magical. There is NOTHING that beats giving an Elle a bath (they LOVE water!) and feeding them was hilarious as most of them just want the dessert pineapple. You will see if you go and I hope you do as these people are doing great conservation work and take I believe very good care of the Elles. I would have appreciated another day or another visit with the Elles but that isn't how they are set up. You get your few hours of time and your time with them is great. I did the water tent camp on the lake which I also recommend, Getting there is a trek and an amazing boat ride with awe inspiring views. Personally I LOVED swimming in the lake, it felt amazing after a strenuous jungle hike to the cave (and don't let them fool you, its strenuous and challenging) - my complaint was they had a roped off area for swimming and they wouldn't let you swim without a life jacket (they said it was the National Park rules...sigh). But it still felt great and waking up at 5am to the gibbons whooping calls was priceless. Go - you won't regret it. Read less