South West Thailand
Elephant Hills Khao Sok

A stay at this wonderful jungle camp truly is a lifetime of adventure rolled into one!

Close to the jungle of Khao Sok National Park, 30 magical safari-style tents set in the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand await! Along with the excitement of camping in the jungle or while floating on the lake (yes really), guests have the opportunity to feed and interact with  the rescued elephants living close by, trek through the jungle, kayak on a stunning lake or partake in some Thai cookery lessons.

Facilities & Activities

A lovely pool is the focus of relaxation at the main Elephant Camp, where as at the floating Lake Camp, taking out a kayak must be the highlight of adventures here, with swimming taking place in the lake! At The Elephant Camp, evening entertainment is provided by the local schools, with some beautiful Thai dancing.

A popular choice is the Jungle Lake Camp Safari where you get to spend 1 night at Elephant Camp and 1 night at Lake Camp – however this option is better suited for children aged 7 years and up.

 

Elephant Hills offers packages of varying lengths of stay:

Jungle Safari (JS2) – 1 night (age 4 plus): Best suited for first time explorers and younger families. Spend 1 night at Elephant Camp which includes a unique elephant experience, canoe down the Sok River, evening cooking demonstration and traditional dancing. On your departure morning a jungle trek before lunch and your transfer to your onward hotel or airport.

Jungle Safari (JS3) – 2 nights (age 4 plus): Includes arrival transfer in the morning followed by feeding the elephants and a canoe safari down the Sok River in the afternoon and dance performances and cooking demonstrations in the evening.  On your second day – take a longtail boat to Cheow Larn Lake for a day including canoeing and lunch, returning to Elephant Camp to overnight. On your departure morning enjoy a jungle trek in the rainforest before lunch and then onto to your next hotel or airport.

Nature Safari (NS4) – 3 nights (age 4 plus): This tour includes 3 nights at Elephant Camp and a day trip to Cheow Larn Lake. Activities include the elephant interaction and canoe down the Sok River, exploring the mangrove swamps, longtail boat trip to Lake Camp for the day including canoeing and lunch and finally jungle trekking in the rain forest.

Jungle Lake Camp Safari (JLS3) – 2 nights (age 7 plus):  Includes arrival transfer in the morning followed by feeding the elephants and a canoe safari down the Sok River in the afternoon and dance performances and cooking demonstrations in the evening.  On your second day, take a traditional longtail boat across Cheow Larn Lake and have lunch at your floating camp where you’ll stay for the night.  Canoes are available to explore the spectacular surroundings as well as treks through the rainforest during your time at the Camp.  After activities on your final morning and lunch, you’ll then be transferred to your onward hotel or airport.

Jungle Lake Camp Safari (JLS4) – 3 nights (age 7 plus):  As per the above tour – however spend an extra night at Elephant Camp and enjoy a day out cruising the mangrove swamps before spending your final night at Lake Camp.

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Dining

Plentiful, buffet style meals are served in the main guest area at long tables, with a nod to children who prefer plainer food (chips and perhaps a Thai version of chicken nuggets!). The staff are also happy to cater to special requests, for example additional vegetarian food.

Rooms

The Elephant Camp hosts 30 very comfortable en-suite safari tents, with fan, tea and coffee making facilities and a well equipped en-suite bathroom. The furniture is handmade by local craftsmen using natural materials and provides the comfort you would expect in a hotel room. They are protected against mosquitos and other possible intruders, just remember to zip up!

The Lake Camp on Cheow Larn Lake provides similar accommodation, but on floating platforms. It’s a case of ‘water, water, everywhere’! So we only recommend for good swimmers, although life jackets are available (minimum age 7 years)

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Family

The Lodge welcomes children from the age of 4 (although there is a minimum age of 7 to stay overnight at the Lake camp) and it’s gentle adventure is a great introduction to holidays with a difference! With older children, although wifi can be found in the central reception / dining area, this is a chance to put those electronics away and get out the playing cards!

An extra bed can be placed in a twin or double tent (sometimes 2 x extra beds a the main camp for families with children on request).  No connecting tents are available so please note children under 15 years of age will need to share with an adult.

Sustainability

Being close to the nature and understanding the importance of conserving the environment are inherent values to Elephant Hills. One tree is planted for every booking.

At Elephant Hills, they are constantly finding ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste including using reusable stainless steel bottles and straws and refillable dispensers, even plantable seed pencils instead of plastic pens!

A heart-warming recent aim is to fully fund the creation of a new Mobile Elephant Clinic and stock this clinic with the appropriate medicines. They also aim to generate the funds required to recruit additional expertise to work alongside their resident vets.  Many elephants throughout Thailand are kept not in groups in large sanctuaries but by individuals in local villages often in remote and “out of the way” locations. These elephants often need veterinary care for a variety of ailments ranging from mild upset stomachs, thorns stuck in feet, or skin issues to emergency cases such as ingestion of pesticides and broken limbs. The Mobile Elephant Clinic is set up to help these “out of the way” elephants whose owners would not be able to access appropriate veterinary care or facilities.

Location

Located in Khao Sok National Park, home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, with huge limestone mountains as a backdrop.   Elephant Hills will collect guests from Phuket, Krabi and even off the ferry from Koh Samui. If possible, we recommend staying a few nights in Khao Lak prior, approximately a 90 minute drive away from the Camp (transfers are included in the cost).

Phuket is serviced by International flights via the Middle East or domestic flights from Bangkok or other internal Airports.

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