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.

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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May 18, 2024 Rob B Peterborough, United Kingdom

We had 2 nights at ElephantHills and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience Spending time with the elephants was a great experience, preparing and feeding them isn’t something you do everyday The elephants experience though is just a small part of the trip, with canoeing, jungle trek, long boats and kayaking. Pretty unlucky in terms of a… Read more
We had 2 nights at ElephantHills and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience Spending time with the elephants was a great experience, preparing and feeding them isn’t something you do everyday The elephants experience though is just a small part of the trip, with canoeing, jungle trek, long boats and kayaking. Pretty unlucky in terms of a tropical storm when we went canoeing but maybe it just made the experience a different one rather than spoiling it The idea of putting you in groups is a great way of meeting others and makes the experience really sociable Accommodation was unique, although we didn’t actually get that much time to spend time relaxing in the hammocks etc Food and drinks all good, it would be better if there was a separate area to sit and have a chat/drink in the evening rather than at the tables but maybe that’s just being picky Overall a great experience and one I’d recommend to anyone Read less
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May 17, 2024 Nicola C

Wow wow, wow. Elephant hills is absolutely phenomenal. Our guides Tee and Mona were fantastic. Very friendly and knowledgeable. All activities were so well planned and, although a busy itinerary, you never felt rushed. Food was fantastic with so much variety and choice. The tents are magnificent, very clean and comfortable and the fans keep you… Read more
Wow wow, wow. Elephant hills is absolutely phenomenal. Our guides Tee and Mona were fantastic. Very friendly and knowledgeable. All activities were so well planned and, although a busy itinerary, you never felt rushed. Food was fantastic with so much variety and choice. The tents are magnificent, very clean and comfortable and the fans keep you cool. I particularly enjoyed sitting with q coffee outside the tent early morning and watching 2 monkeys chase each other through the trees. This was certainly a highlight of our Thailand adventure Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Experience of a lifetime at Elephant Hills!!

May 13, 2024 Voyage34375616539 Sacramento, California

One of a kind elephant sanctuary with an amazing national park as the setting. The staff were so attentive, their care for the elephants is outstanding and the quality of our stay including the food and planned activities was beyond excellent.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing experience.

May 12, 2024 Travel58533583157 Dublin, Ireland

Amazing experience for my family. Two children aged 11 & 9 and my husband and I. Two beds were set up for the kids in our tent which was tight space wise but perfectly fine. Tent has everything you need except a fridge and air con!! The fans help a lot but it is hot as you would expect. Seamless service from pick up at our hotel in Khao Lak to… Read more
Amazing experience for my family. Two children aged 11 & 9 and my husband and I. Two beds were set up for the kids in our tent which was tight space wise but perfectly fine. Tent has everything you need except a fridge and air con!! The fans help a lot but it is hot as you would expect. Seamless service from pick up at our hotel in Khao Lak to drop off at our next hotel in Phuket. All activities, transfers, check in etc were so well done. The food was lovely although one criticism is the food wasn’t overly hot. Kids had some options but pretty limited. Overall though an excellent experience which I would highly recommend. Read less
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May 12, 2024 Sebastiaan P Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amazing, great value for money, the highlight of our Thailand tour, will come back for sure. The food was epic, even in the jungle, the staff was great, we could not find anything that was not great. Whoever is in Thailand should come and check out Elephant hills.