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Elephant Hills is a lovely camp but to call it an elephant camp is quite a bit of an overstatement. It’s a camp with lots of activities but only one involves elephants. Maybe it comes down to expectations. Our expectations were that we would be living in the middle of a jungle surrounded by elephants. That elephants would be freely roaming around - not in camp but within sight. That you would get to see them in a somewhat natural environment, foraging for food, watering themselves bathing in the river etc. Well at elephant hills it turns out the camp is probably ten miles away from where the elephants are. Your elephant interactions are as stated and very controlled you get to wash, feed and view elephants in an up close environment for about two hours but then you are bused back to camp never to see them again. Two years prior we had stayed at an elephant camp up in the golden triangle. In this situation elephants were always around. Visible during breakfast lunch and dinner and from time to time wandered into the hotel area. Again it comes down to expectations! The main camp is nice and clean and situated on a hill above the river. Tents are comfortable and well maintained. WiFi is available almost everywhere! Meals were tasty and are served buffet style and you eat at picnic tables. This is a large camp - probably 100 guests were there during our visit. As part of our trip we were picked up In Phuket and drove two hours north to the camp. Given the limited viewing of the elephants I kind of wish we had stayed in Phuket and visited an elephant camp much nearer Phuket. All in all it was a nice three day stay! Just wish I’d been a better educated traveler on this one.
Stayed for the 3 day , 2 night package. It was absolutely fabulous. Everything from the Elephant camp to the journey to Rainforest Camp is so well organised. Just loved the whole experience from feeding and washing the elephants, journey on the Long boat even though you do get wet, to the Rainforest camp, did the hike, please take proper walking shoes, kayaking and swimming in the lake. Met some fantastic other people doing the same experience. A special thank you to our guide Banana who had fantastic knowledge and the best smile.
Two day, one night visit lived up to every expectation, very well organised, lots of information. Welcome drink on arrival then off to our luxury accommodation. We travelled as a group of 4 so our tents were 3 up, 2 down. Lovely to just sit on the veranda or swing in the hammock listening to the jungle sounds of birds and the occasional gibbon. Many beautiful butterflies. Then off on a canoe ride down the river (flip flops, shorts ok). Took about an hour and saw monkeys playing in the trees a large toad and some impressive scenery. Then off to the elephant camp. No chains, no electric probes. We watched the elephants Bath, prepared their food of bananas pineapple and a food supplement then fed them. We then hosed, scrubbed and through water over the elephants(and ourselves and the manitou). Jungle trekking day 2. You will get wet and muddy feet so an old sturdy pair of trainers or sketchers are fine. You will also need your mosquito repellent. A couple in our group did find the trek challenging but also enjoyed it. Lunch prepared for us in the jungle which was delicious. Food (buffet style) was excellent throughout the stay and there is a reasonably priced bar and souvenir shop. The centre only accepts cash. Would recommend this trip
The three days on the 2 night Safari (one night at elephant hills, one night at rainforest camp) were the best decision we could have made for our Thailand trip. From start to finish we were looked after, including excellent food (even with special diets catered for), wet bags for kayaking and hiking, and excellent guides.
The first day we arrived on the organised transfer to the elephant hills jungle camp and checked into the awesome tents (it's a tent, but it's comfortable, with a bed, and even with a hairdryer and WiFi!). After an amazing lunch, we went kayaking down the river - a beautiful trip through gorgeous scenery. After the kayak tour, we went to the elephant visit. It was quite obvious that they care for the elephants - if the elephants don't want to be fed or washed, they are allowed to walk away. We learned how responsible tourism is a way of keeping the elephants cared for since logging was outlawed. There is no elephant riding (a reason we chose this tour), but we did feed the elephants and wash them. Stroking their skin and trunks was a joy I won't forget. The night in the tent was comfy and exciting.
On the second morning, we had a fantastic breakfast and set off to a market, then a viewpoint over the reservoir and dam, then we boarded the longboat to the rainforest camp. The trip took an hour through gorgeous rocks and jungle scenery. The rainforest camp tents are about the same as the first location, only here there is no WiFi (our guide prim said 'welcome to the real jungle!') and you only have as much power as your solar panel can store over the day. Straight from the tents you can take a kayak on your own or jump into the lovely lake.
After lunch we took a longboat to the jungle trek - a good 2.5 hour walk up a steep hill to a giant cave where we saw spiders, bats and rock formations. The walk through the jungle was a highlight - I would have gladly done another one! The guides show you wildlife tracks, plants and local insects.
On the third day we did a guided canoe tour - saw some gibbons in the trees! - and then had some time to ourselves to swim or canoe before returning.
Short summary: three of the best days I've ever spent. Everything so well organised so that you can enjoy nature and wilderness in a pretty luxurious way!
We arrived to visit the elephants. This is really what eco tourism is about. A fantastic opportunity to get to know the elephants. we fed them, played with them, washed them. The elephants were free to walk away when they chose. Then we kayaked down the river and spotted wildlife. stayed overnight in the jungle. I was so excited I just had to lie awake to listen to the marvellous nocturnal animals. Then off the lake. An amazing boat ride looking at the Limestone outcrops. Another kayak to look at the wildlife, swim in the lake. Had to get up at 6 am just witness the amazing peace of the lake. How was it so peaceful when thousands of different animals were so close.
Well guided, comfy beds lots of food., like minded people.
Elephant Hills combines the African Safari tent camp idea with the breathtakingly beautiful environment of Khao Sok in Southern Thailand. Furthermore, the resort offers 2-4 days soft adventure tours, including …Morekayaking, lake explorations, mangrove expeditions, jungle treks and the unique Elephant Hills elephant experience. Here you get to wash, feed and interact with Asia's largest land animal in a sustainable and fun way. Elephant Hills does not offer Elephant riding out of respect towards the elephants. Less
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Didn’t see mahouts riding the elephants. Can’t imagine that they do as it’s not that sort of place. No hooks, just bamboo sticks to gently guide. Elephants seemed very free to do what they want but they know the routine when... More
Didn’t see mahouts riding the elephants. Can’t imagine that they do as it’s not that sort of place. No hooks, just bamboo sticks to gently guide. Elephants seemed very free to do what they want but they know the routine when a group turns up and they know it ends with great food!