This unforgettable three-day experience is a must-add to a Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi holiday. Break up a relaxing beach escape with an adventure into the jungle to see more of Thailand’s diverse landscapes and meet its beautiful national animal, the Asian elephant.
You’ll have the privilege of spending time with these gentle giants at an award-winning elephant sanctuary tucked away in Khao Sok National Park. Plus, you’ll get to explore one of the world’s oldest rainforests and take a long-tail boat ride on otherworldly Cheow Larn Lake.
Suggested route & duration
• Elephant Hills Camp: 2 nights
Includes a day visit to the floating Rainforest Camp
An itinerary with one night at Elephant Hills Camp and one night at Rainforest Camp is also available.
Day 1: Khao Sok Transfer to Khao Sok National Park in the Phang Nga province in an air-conditioned vehicle, passing through rural landscapes along the way. You’ll arrive at Elephant Hills Camp, set in jungle-clad hills, in time for a buffet lunch. When you’ve finished, you’ll head out with a guide on a relaxing canoe ride down the Sok River. Drift past towering limestone mountains, lush jungle and ancient rainforest, keeping an eye out for hornbills flying overhead or reptiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks. Then it’s time to head to the sanctuary and meet the elephants. During your visit, you’ll learn about the elephant sanctuary’s conservation and responsible tourism efforts and have the rare opportunity to spend time up close with these magnificent creatures. You’ll watch the elephants bathe and help prepare their food while hearing about their overall wellbeing. After an adventurous day, freshen up with a hot shower in your luxury safari tent ahead of sundowners and a memorable dinner in the rainforest. L, D.
Day 2: Khao Sok Wake to the sounds of the wild and watch as the sun clears the morning mist over the mountains. As you tuck into breakfast, listen out for the call of gibbons echoing down the valley. Today’s main activity is a trip to lesser-visited Cheow Larn Lake – a huge man-made lake with lush limestone peaks rising out of emerald waters. Hop into a local long-tail boat to see this remarkable landscape up close – you can even take a dip in the warm waters. For lunch, you’ll stop at Rainforest Camp, where you’ll have free time to see the floating tents tucked away on the lake. Back at Elephant Hills Camp, swap stories over sundowners at the Jungle Bar and enjoy a delicious dinner before being lulled to sleep by the sounds of nature. B, L, D.
Day 3: Khao Sok Enjoy a final morning of activities before returning to the beach. Take the opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest rainforests on a leisurely jungle trek, where your guide will introduce you to tropical orchids, ferns and ancient trees, and help you to try and spot a variety of birds, butterflies and monkeys. A rewarding Thai buffet lunch will be waiting for you back at camp. There will be time for a hot shower 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 hours by car and ferry) or Krabi (approx. 3 hours by car). B, L.
Good to know
• This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 7 years or those with walking difficulties
• 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)
• The order of the itinerary is subject to change.