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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgettable experience

Jan 23, 2020 arekdeboss Sandbach, United Kingdom

Starting from the jungle camp- beautifully located. Luxury tents with toilets shower power in a middle of a jungle. Good food small pool and nice entertainment. Kayaking down the river through the rain forest. Elephant experience one of the life time. Could be a bit longer to be honest. Short trip to the lake camp next day and again luxury… Read more
Starting from the jungle camp- beautifully located. Luxury tents with toilets shower power in a middle of a jungle. Good food small pool and nice entertainment. Kayaking down the river through the rain forest. Elephant experience one of the life time. Could be a bit longer to be honest. Short trip to the lake camp next day and again luxury tents and good food. In the middle of the jungle but actually on the lake. Plenty of fish - unfortunately fishing not allowed :-( Nights not quiet at all- gibbons are noisy so are the insects but no risk of getting harassed by creatures as long as the tent is zipped ;-). In one word - FANTASTIC Thank you very much Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unbelievable life experience!

Jan 20, 2020 travellingtheworld90 Wells, United Kingdom

Me and my partner did the three days/two nights package, which involved an early transfer to the rainforest camp which we were introduced to the elephant hills, our group and our legendary tour guide Bamboo, as well as, her friendly apprentice. After lunch, we ventured off for a canoe trip down the rivers seeing snakes, elephants and different… Read more
Me and my partner did the three days/two nights package, which involved an early transfer to the rainforest camp which we were introduced to the elephant hills, our group and our legendary tour guide Bamboo, as well as, her friendly apprentice. After lunch, we ventured off for a canoe trip down the rivers seeing snakes, elephants and different types of insects, then followed by meeting and learning about the Asian elephants at the Hills sanctuary. This was an amazing experience, getting to meet the elephants up close, wash and feed them. As well as, learning about their history and the wonderful conservational work of Elephant Hills. In the evening we had another lovely meal and varied entertainment. As well as, time getting to know the other members of the group with a few drinks and time chilling in the jungle pool. Early the next day you venture off deeper into the 182,000 acre rainforest of Khao Sok national park to stay at the lake side floating camp, which is truly in the middle of the wildness with no wifi or phone signal and only a few hours of daily electricity. Here, you have the chance to go off for a rainforest trek, swimming in the lake or canoe and exploring the area - this is an unbelievable, pinching yourself, experience. Words can not describe how amazing the time in the rainforest wildness is - it is a once in a life time experience which you don’t want it too stop. Once here you are also looked after well with lovely food and all inclusive drinks (unfortunately no alcohol due to the parks rules). This experience is amazing and if you get chance you need to experience it. Especially if your guide is bamboo and you have a lovely group - both of which makes the experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic experience

Jan 20, 2020 DavidFlaxten Leeds, United Kingdom

My friends and I had an amazing few days with the guys at Elephant Hills. We stayed for 1 night at the main camp and another at the lake. Food was decent and all the staff were absolutely fabulous, especially our guide Soaw (I hope I got the spelling correct!). Soaw was always smiling and enthusiastic and clearly has a great knowledge of the… Read more
My friends and I had an amazing few days with the guys at Elephant Hills. We stayed for 1 night at the main camp and another at the lake. Food was decent and all the staff were absolutely fabulous, especially our guide Soaw (I hope I got the spelling correct!). Soaw was always smiling and enthusiastic and clearly has a great knowledge of the Elephants and other wildlife of the Khao Sok national park. The elephants are kept at a location 5 mins down the road from the main camp and are not kept in chains like other places I have seen in Thailand- they clearly have a great love for these beautiful animals here. It was a visit here where we got to meet the elephants- a real highlight for us. The lake location was also amazing. One of our group went on the trek and he enjoyed it thoroughly....the climb was relatively challenging but ultimately very rewarding. On this trip they saw Hornbills, lizards, spiders (huge!), snakes and bats. Whilst he did that the rest of us swam in the lake and did some kayaking which was also very enjoyable. I’d thoroughly recommend Elephant Hills as a stop on the way down to any of the islands or indeed on the way back to Bangkok- it really was a lovely couple of days spent for us. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A once in a lifetime experience!!

Jan 18, 2020 NinaK_Win Winterthur, Switzerland

We were at the ressort for our honeymoon. Everything worked absolutely fine with the transfer and the safari. As we arrived, our room was lovely decorated. As it was my birthday as well, I even got a cake:) neither my husband nor I mentioned this. They took care of us so well. The staff was absolutely lovely, so was our guide Doh. He was so… Read more
We were at the ressort for our honeymoon. Everything worked absolutely fine with the transfer and the safari. As we arrived, our room was lovely decorated. As it was my birthday as well, I even got a cake:) neither my husband nor I mentioned this. They took care of us so well. The staff was absolutely lovely, so was our guide Doh. He was so polite, caring and he always knew the answers for all our questions. The tents are absolutely amazing and the atmosphere is quite unique. I usually don't write reviews for a hotel, but here I felt it was needed, as it was such an amazing experience. It was so amazing to feed and wash the elephants and it is for sure something, we will never forget! Thanks for this once in a lifetime experience and for making us feel so special;) we would love to come back sometime! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A marvellous experience

Jan 18, 2020 jc0900

We booked our trip to Elephant Hills because having an opportunity to see elephants up close and to interact with them was something my wife had always wanted to do, so we booked a two night/two location stay. The main Elephant Hills camp is very well organised & comfortable. The tent accommodation is well appointed with en-suite facilities. The… Read more
We booked our trip to Elephant Hills because having an opportunity to see elephants up close and to interact with them was something my wife had always wanted to do, so we booked a two night/two location stay. The main Elephant Hills camp is very well organised & comfortable. The tent accommodation is well appointed with en-suite facilities. The food is good & plentiful and the staff very helpful. You are allocated a guide for your stay and ours, Chief, was great. She was very knowledgable, helpful, organised & funny. We were part of a group of about twelve and Chief did a good job guiding us during the three days we were there. The elephants aren’t wild but they live in a sanctuary run by Elephant Hills and seem to be very well cared for. The experience is one of the best things I have done on holiday. The elephants come to a barn where you can pet them & prepare and feed them a snack; a huge quantity of fruit & veg but a snack for an elephant! The elephants splash around in their pool & then you get to wash them down. We enjoyed it & I hope the elephants did. The first day was finished off by a canoe trip down the river & a few sightings of local wildlife. The second day started with a good breakfast & the journey to the floating lake camp with a quick stop at a local market on the way. You can’t buy alcoholic drinks in the National Park so this is an opportunity to get a couple of beers or a bottle of wine, although we and most others didn’t bother. Soft drinks are free at the lake camp. After a quick stop at the park view point (and toilet), the trip continues on a long tailed boat to the camp. The lake camp is similarly organised to the main camp. The floating tents are the same with the same facilities as those in the main camp, with one exception: no mains power. The lighting and fans are powered by solar panels so normal appliances won’t work. The food is as good as the main camp. Swimming and canoeing is available anytime during daylight. While at the lake camp we did a jungle trek & a canoe trip; both very enjoyable & well guided. There are informative videos about the general rain forest wild life, elephants & the National Park shown during the trip & plenty of displays with useful information. We travelled from Khao Lak & the return journey is about 2.5 hours with Phuket about 3.5. The trip was really worth doing & made all the better by the people we met & our guide Chief. Read less