This award-winning three-day experience immerses you in the natural beauty of Khao Sok National Park, with the opportunity to interact with Thailand’s gentle giants at an elephant sanctuary. Stay surrounded by prehistoric landscapes in luxury tents in the wilderness.
Complementing a relaxing beach break in Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi, this two-night/three-day experience is the perfect way to discover the diversity of Thailand’s inland landscapes and meet its beloved national animal, the Asian elephant.
Suggested route & duration
• Elephant Hills Camp: 1 night
• Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp: 1 night
Day 1: Khao Sok Transfer to Khao Sok National Park in the Phang Nga province in an air-conditioned vehicle, passing tiny rural villages and rubber plantations on the way. On arrival at Elephant Hills Camp in the panoramic jungle-covered hills, check in and tuck into the delicious lunch waiting for you. You’ll then hop aboard a canoe and be paddled along the pretty Sok River by a local river guide. Drift along the water, passing dramatic limestone peaks and dense tropical vegetation where you might spot reptiles and birds including hornbills. Further down the river, disembark your canoe and head to the elephant sanctuary. As you spend time with the Asian elephants, you can learn about these beautiful creatures, watch them bathe and take photos – some are even happy to wander over for a close up. Learn more about the sanctuary’s conservation efforts with an educational video and spend the last few moments with your view of the elephants from the elevated café. Head back to your camp for some down time in your luxurious safari tent or maybe have a dip in the camp’s pool. There’s a Jungle Bar for cocktails and local beers, and in the evening you can watch a traditional Thai dance performed by a local school group or a cooking demonstration where you can see how fresh herbs are used. Tuck into dinner before returning to your tent. Stay: Elephant Hills Camp. L, D.
Day 2: Khao Sok Wake to the sounds of nature and have breakfast at the camp. As you’re departing for the second camp, your bags will be transferred separately and you’ll be given a waterproof bag for your onward travel to the stunning Cheow-Lan Lake. After cruising on the water in a long-tail boat, you’ll arrive at the Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp. This is one of the highlights of this experience as you stay in a floating tent tucked away on a peaceful lake. Have a tasty Thai buffet lunch before settling in to your luxury floating home and taking in the stunning views on the water from the comfort of your private deck. Head out with an experienced and knowledgeable guide and ranger to explore the mystery of the surrounding jungle on foot. Try to spot hornbills, gibbons and macaques, and learn how to identify some of the plant life like bamboo shoots and ancient hollow trees. As your day draws to a close, you’ll get the chance to watch the sun set behind the limestone peaks surrounding Cheow-Lan Lake from your Luxury Tent’s deck. The lake is cool and refreshing, the perfect spot for a pre-dinner dip. Stay: Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp. B, L, D.
Day 3: Khao Sok Make the most of your final morning in this relaxed paradise. Hop aboard a canoe to try and spot monkeys in the treetops, or jump into the lake from your outdoor deck for a refreshing swim. After breakfast, your guide will take you out on a canoe safari into the small meandering inlets of Cheow-Lan Lake to look for more wildlife. Share a final lunch with your fellow guests at the floating camp and take in your beautiful surrounds for one last time before heading to the pier to travel on to Phuket (approx. 3½ hours by car), Khao Lak (approx. 2½ hours by car), Koh Samui (approx. 5½ by car and ferry) or Krabi (approx. 3 hours by car) and continue your experience of this beautiful country. B, L.
Good to know
• This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 7 years or those with walking difficulties
• Rainforest Camp guests should be good swimmers
• Daily transfers depart in the early morning from Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi and return after 5pm (a pre-night and post-night are recommended)
• Due to the Rainforest Camp’s location, there is no signal and limited power supply
• The order of the itinerary is subject to change.