Elephant Hills is one of the world's most exciting and luxury tented jungle camps. Elephant Hills and the Rainforest Camp are located in the largest area of rainforest in the southern part of Thailand - Among the Khao Sok, Klong Phanom and Sri Pang Nga National Parks. The camps are close to and easily accessible from the famous beach destinations in southern Thailand, Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi and Surat Thani (for Koh Samui). It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Phuket or Krabi.This is a unique way to get up close and personal with the endangered Asian Elephant.A night or two at Elephant hills is a once in a lifetime experience!
2 day / 1 night Jungle Safari Itinerary
Day 1: The Amazing Elephant Experience
Welcome to Elephant Hills Camp
Pick-up from your hotel or the airport in Phuket, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani or even from Koh Samui and transfer to Khao Sok. En-route, glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be caught. Upon arrival at Elephant Hills Camp, buffet lunch is served at 12:00pm, a variety of delicious Thai dishes cooked not too spicy awaits you. Time travel on a canoe trip After lunch you can relax during a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe; life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill birds can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience some of the last areas of primary rain forest, a world that has changed little in thousands of years.The amazing Elephant Experience
Get out of the canoe and head over to the elephant sanctuary. Here you can see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and about the Elephant Hills elephant conservation project. Your guide will also teach you about the mahout, the elephant caretaker. While participating in our amazing Elephant Experience you will get very close to and even get your hands on these magnificent animals, you will have the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, including their dietary supplements that help with their digestion and their overall well-being. This is a once in-a-lifetime opportunity to really experience the Asian Elephant, this part of the world’s largest land animal!The laid-back evening you deserve.
After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower in the unique bathroom of your luxury safari tent. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains – this is 100% real nature! A wide selection of cocktails, wines and spirits is available at the “Jungle explorer’s club bar”. Optional evening entertainment includes a movie, a traditional Thai dance performance from local school children and a cooking demonstration, where you learn how to properly prepare Thai specialties. At 8:00pm it is time for dinner in this unique location beside the rain forest, the sounds and the atmosphere will make this a memorable meal. Spend the night in your luxury safari tent with a comfortable bed, reading lights, hot water and a western-style toilet. The tents’ doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps,so insects and reptiles will not bother you.Temperatures at night drop a little, the tents are well ventilated; blankets keep you warm in the chill of the night. This is real luxury so close to the heart of the rain forest!
Day 2: A Little Jungle Adventure
Good morning Khao Sok!
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. By the time the sun comes up and the mist over the rain forest-covered mountains to the south of Elephant Hills clears, gibbons’ territorial morning calls echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your tent; breakfast is at your leisure.Modern era jungle explorers having experienced the Asian Elephant and been paddled by canoe along the river the day before it is now time to come face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. It is not an army survival exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest, snakes and spiders do not jump out at you – it is just an excellent opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rain forests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses… the variety is huge. Birds such as the hornbill live high up above,gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or a leaf monkey may be swinging through the branches, beautiful butterflies buzz around – every day is different, but it is always truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life-forms that co-exists here together. Walk slowly. Look, learn and listen. Then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rain forest. Weather-dependent lunch can be served in the rain forest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries.Sadly around noon it is time to return to Elephant Hills, and after a refreshing shower the onward transfer to your next hotel or the airport awaits you.This unique experience will remain in your memory for the rest of your life!
Other Itineraries available - prices on application:
Elephant Camp Tours* 3 days / 2 nights Elephant Hills Jungle Safari* 4 days / 3 nights Elephant Hills Nature Safari
Note: All Elephant Camp tours spend all nights at The Elephant Camp (Elephant Hills Main Camp). None of these tours stays overnight at the floating Rainforest Camp. Rainforest Camp Tours* 3 days / 2 nights Elephant Hills Jungle Lake Safari
Note: The Jungle Lake Safari spends the first night at The Elephant Camp, and the following night at the floating Rainforest Camp. The Jungle Lake Safari is the only tour to spend an overnight at the floating Rainforest Camp.
Advertised price not valid during school holidays, Christmas and New Year. Contact a Holiday Specialist for prices over these periods. Prices are per person and include all taxes, transfers and twin share accommodation. Seasonal surcharges can apply especially during school holidays. Hotel specials have varied travel dates, block-out dates & high season surcharges may apply.
Prices shown are a guide only, please contact one of our specialist consultants for an exact quote on the dates you wish to travel & any conditions that may apply.