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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May 23, 2019 Dee T Leeds, United Kingdom

The staff here are slick and experienced, everything was ready to go, we checked in, went to the tent, had lunch and then were away to the Elephant Sanctuary. The tents are fine, with big floor fans, a great bathroom and stunning scenery. There is a small pool but we didn’t use it. We had ‘Pond’ as our guide, what a lovely girl, we were in her… Read more
The staff here are slick and experienced, everything was ready to go, we checked in, went to the tent, had lunch and then were away to the Elephant Sanctuary. The tents are fine, with big floor fans, a great bathroom and stunning scenery. There is a small pool but we didn’t use it. We had ‘Pond’ as our guide, what a lovely girl, we were in her group with around 16 other people so it was nice to have interaction with a group although we were the only family in our group. Pond took a great liking to my youngest and they became great friends. She is so friendly and helpful, a real bonus to the company. We fed and bathed the Elephants which is something I don’t think any of us will ever forget. We then walked to the river where we met our ‘rowers’ and we were all kayaked down the river next to the sanctuary, there was fantastic scenery and stops to see the monkeys and large toads that we came across. This took about an hour then we were bused back to the camp for a cooking demo, a dance from local school children and a meal which was great. We only had one night here then a second at the Rainforest camp in the floating tents. We were up early the next morning and checking out to go as a group to the floating tents. We stopped on the way for a market and to see the Dam. We then took a long tail boat on the Cheow Lam lake to the floating tents. The scenery was perfect. There wasn’t any WIFI and only solar panel electricity so no charging phones, just enough electric to power the small fan in your room. We decided not to go on the 2 hour hike due to the heat so we kayaked and swam in the lake (again like bath water) and tried to chill out. We had a meal, again the food was great, then an early night in the pitch black tents which were very very hot. Sleep didn’t come easily and we were woken at 6am by the battery beeping as we were nearly out of electricity but we managed to nod back off to sounds of monkeys and wildlife looking at a stunning view. I cant recommend this enough, what a fantastic experience for us all not just the children. Read less
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May 23, 2019 Q2139KXdavidt McCrae, Australia

We booked for a 4 day 3 night experience, and were well satisfied that we did. The programs offered were a informative & well rounded. The Elephant Experience was fantastic, the only downfall being that it occurred only once. Otherwise the accommodation was terrific and the guides and staff were fantastic. Well recommend a visit here!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 3 days and 2 nights well taken care off

May 21, 2019 rotterdamerik Breda, The Netherlands

We spent the three days and two nights. We made the reservation via their own website. At arrival we received a nice shirt for free because of our reservation via their site. That was very nice. First we made a journey at the river by canoe. You did not canoe on your own and that was a bit passive. The scenery was very nice. The interaction with… Read more
We spent the three days and two nights. We made the reservation via their own website. At arrival we received a nice shirt for free because of our reservation via their site. That was very nice. First we made a journey at the river by canoe. You did not canoe on your own and that was a bit passive. The scenery was very nice. The interaction with the elephants was very nice and they do a great deal for nature in this area. Day two we went to the lake and spent the nights there. This is great. You have your own swimming pool/lake just a a step outside your tent. Canoeing was very nice. Food for the three days is outstanding! These were one of the top meals of our whole holiday. Guide (Sao) was very nice and knowledgeable. She really took care of the whole group for 3 days. My only minor was the tent for the first night. The bathroom smelled a bit, so that was not nice. Further was everything great, so highly recommended! Read less
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May 20, 2019 stuart622019 East Midlands, United Kingdom

Came 2 elephant hills with my wife for 3 nights 4 days....its the most amazing experience here. Nothing to much trouble for the staff. Interaction with the elephants were brilliant. Guides very knowledgable. Food was superb. Tent was great too. Everything u could need is here. We had 3 guides thru our stay Ton, pop, and kong all fantastic in their… Read more
Came 2 elephant hills with my wife for 3 nights 4 days....its the most amazing experience here. Nothing to much trouble for the staff. Interaction with the elephants were brilliant. Guides very knowledgable. Food was superb. Tent was great too. Everything u could need is here. We had 3 guides thru our stay Ton, pop, and kong all fantastic in their own way. Little things help tho... realised on unpacking my toothbrush had snapped, asked Ton our 1st guide if there was a shop about i could buy a new 1 from, he altered our trip rota so i could go 2 a convenience store and get 1 the next morning. Went out with pop 2 the mangroves and the wooden boat. Last 2 days with kong at the locals market and lake camp and the jungle trek. All trips well organised and not rushed. Many thanks elephant hills you were brilliant. Read less
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May 18, 2019 BurningFox London, United Kingdom

We stayed at Elephant Hills for 1 night/2 days and we had the best time. We arrived after a 3.5 hour car journey to be greeted by the nicest people. We were checked in and taken to our tent which was very rustic... It was very comfortable though, the bed was lovely and there was a fully functioning toilet and shower so it doesn't feel like you… Read more
We stayed at Elephant Hills for 1 night/2 days and we had the best time. We arrived after a 3.5 hour car journey to be greeted by the nicest people. We were checked in and taken to our tent which was very rustic... It was very comfortable though, the bed was lovely and there was a fully functioning toilet and shower so it doesn't feel like you are "camping". We had lunch and then were taken out for our kayaking trip which was great, it was so peaceful out there on the water and all you could hear was monkeys and birds. We got to see monkeys high up in the mountains, snakes curled up in the trees and a frog. It was raining during our trip but it was still so warm that it didn't matter at all. After the kayak tour we were then taken to see the elephants and that experience was outstanding. We got to prepare their food and feed them, wash and scrub them and watch as they played in their water hole. It was a great afternoon out. We came back to the camp for dinner whilst the locals put on a show for us. The next morning we were up early for breakfast and then taken into the jungle for a 2 hour trek, and it is a proper trek, there are no pathways or proper steps, you are literally climbing over rocks and walking through streams so be prepared. It was a great thing to do though, we saw lizards, monkeys, snakes and some amazing trees and plants. Well worth doing. Read less