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Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp

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- Unique luxury floating camp experience
- Secluded location within national park
- Up-close elephant experience
- Canoeing, hiking, swimming in lake

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Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp is a luxurious and unusual floating tented camp in a beautiful spot on the Cheow Larn Lake in Southern Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park. The property boasts a particularly picturesque setting thanks to the surrounding limestone mountains and lush rainforests. The campsite is environmentally friendly with green energy (wind and solar) used throughout.

Accommodation here is certainly unique - not only is the camp located in a fascinatingly diverse and unspoiled natural park filled with all sorts of vegetation and wildlife, it also provides the rare experience of sleeping on a lake. There are 20 luxury safari tents in total and all of them come with modern, comfortable beds, as well as hardwood floors, a fan, handsomely crafted furnishings and an en-suite bathroom with a hot and cold shower and a western-style toilet. Electricity is provided, though be aware that due to the camp’s reliance on wind and solar energy, it may only be available at limited times. While the location is breathtaking, do come prepared for some mosquitos and other insects: all of the tents come equipped with mosquito nets.

This rainforest camp offers a variety of adventures in the immediate area, catering to all kinds of travellers both young and old. One of the highlights is the ‘Elephant Experience’ – as part of this experience, guests get to see elephants up close, feed them, wash them and interact with them. Other activities include trips to local markets, visits to secluded beaches, canoeing down the river, hiking through the rainforest and going out on wildlife spotting excursions. The Explorer’s Bar is where guests typically gather after a day of activities to relax with drinks and exchange stories. Buffet-style meals consist of mostly western options for breakfast, with Thai delicacies on offer for lunch and dinner.

Children over the age of seven are welcome to stay at Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp. Families of five or more are obliged to book two separate tents, as each tent can accommodate a maximum of two adults and two children. Due to the campsite’s wild location, parents are strongly advised to keep an eye on their children at all times and we recommend that any children staying here be good swimmers, since swimming in the lake is a very popular activity. Families with children younger than 7 years of age may wish to consider a stay at property's sister camp, Elephant Hills.

Nearby Alternatives

Elephant Hills Jungle Camp

Khao Sok National Park

Our rating


Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxury camp in Khao Sok National Park
- Up-close 'Elephant Experience'
- Hiking, canoeing and boat excursions
- Cookery and dance demonstrations

Suggested Itineraries for Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Relaxing Thailand, with three nights in Bangkok, 3 day elephant and jungle package in Khao Sok National park and a week on stunning Thai Beaches.

Tailor-made Classic 1 - 1 hour

Families from $2,374 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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