Elephant Hills

Phuket, Thailand

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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

  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Near National Park

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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Apr 24, 2022 Ian and Tonya W

We went on the 3 day 2 night option- was fantastic from start to finish. Feeding elephants, kayaking down river Sok, glamming in beautifully kitted out tents, amazing food at all times. Then onto the rain forest camp- what an awesome view to wake up to. Hiking, long boats, kayaking and topped off with more delicious food and plenty of downtime to… Read more
We went on the 3 day 2 night option- was fantastic from start to finish. Feeding elephants, kayaking down river Sok, glamming in beautifully kitted out tents, amazing food at all times. Then onto the rain forest camp- what an awesome view to wake up to. Hiking, long boats, kayaking and topped off with more delicious food and plenty of downtime to chill and appreciate your surroundings. The wake up call of the gibbons in the trees above is the best alarm call ever! All this made better by our fantastic guide, Pond. Read less
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Apr 24, 2022 I3382NBdebbiej

Incredibly well organised opportunity to experience elephants and the amazing National Park of Khaow Sok. Our trip was for a special birthday and was made perfect by the knowledge of the friendly staff and the amazing food. Our particular thanks go to Nong who is an absolute credit to Elephant Hills Camp - she is beautiful inside and out ❤️
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Apr 22, 2022 LouiseB1974 England

We went on the 3 day 2 night rainforest/lake safari in December 2019. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had. At both locations the ‘tents’ were very large, safari style with hard standing bathrooms. Food is included and all of it was beautifully cooked and fresh. We had done our research before we went, so we knew EH… Read more
We went on the 3 day 2 night rainforest/lake safari in December 2019. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had. At both locations the ‘tents’ were very large, safari style with hard standing bathrooms. Food is included and all of it was beautifully cooked and fresh. We had done our research before we went, so we knew EH treated the elephants with love and respect and we weren’t disappointed. The elephants were so happy, roamed freely and loved to play. It was funny to see them give the mahoots a bit of playful cheek and try to hide thinking they couldn’t be seen. The rainforest stay was beautiful, but the night at the lake was unbelievable. There’s nothing around for miles and we’ll never forget hearing the jungle wake up in the morning, simply fascinating. The guides were lovely and we were in awe of their knowledge, Banana was our guide. Don’t hesitate to book EH, you won’t be disappointed, we’d love to go back one day. Read less
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Apr 13, 2022 J1471PTandrews

A great experience getting back to basics and in the jungle!! Loved sleeping in the tents and they were more than adequate for our stay The activities were well thought out but be prepared on the kayaking safari’s you may not get to see lots. Nature is nature! The food was great. The guide was friendly, helpful and knowledgable The elephant… Read more
A great experience getting back to basics and in the jungle!! Loved sleeping in the tents and they were more than adequate for our stay The activities were well thought out but be prepared on the kayaking safari’s you may not get to see lots. Nature is nature! The food was great. The guide was friendly, helpful and knowledgable The elephant experience was amazing. It was great to see them roaming freely and being cared for so well. I note an earlier comment stated they were chained up - this was certainly not the case when we went. Feeding the elephants was lovely! Jungle trekking was also a good experience as long as you don’t mind a hike and sweating A LOT!! Overall the elephant hills is a great experience and one not to be missed. Read less
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Apr 8, 2022 Poloshipton2659 Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom

I was very much looking forward to going to Elephant Hills for the Rainforest Nature Safari and I met all my expectations and beyond. All the reviews I had read were wonderful but there were one or two negative reviews about the elephants care. I did send them an e-mail and they were very quick to reassure me that the elephants were extremely… Read more
I was very much looking forward to going to Elephant Hills for the Rainforest Nature Safari and I met all my expectations and beyond. All the reviews I had read were wonderful but there were one or two negative reviews about the elephants care. I did send them an e-mail and they were very quick to reassure me that the elephants were extremely well cared for. The room was very comfortable and I loved the two little elephants on the bed. All the staff were so warm and welcoming. I loved feeding the elephants, their eyes being so wise and gentle with such long eyelashes and because our guide had worked with the elephants herself she was very knowledgeable about them. It is probably important to remember that they are domestic elephants rather than wild elephants and their personalities certainly came through. The kayaking was amazing and it was great seeing the macaques in their natural environment fighting over a coconut, and snakes sleeping in trees. I loved the lake and swimming with a life jacket with the fish. I also loved the trek with the guide I was with ( I can't remember her name) pointing out everything of interest to me, being extremely knowledgeable on the flora and fauna. I loved eating in the jungle as well. My partner didn't feel up to it so he read a book but they really looked after him back at the camp cooking him an extra meal with me bringing him some food back from the jungle. Anyway there was no need to worry because the food was wonderful. The cooking demonstrations were really good and the films about nature and conservation were really interesting. It was a shame the children couldn't come and do their dancing performances for us but that was unfortunately that was because of Covid 19. The pool was brilliant as well and just the place to cool of after being in the humid heat. Read less