- Unique luxury floating camp experience
- Secluded location within national park
- Up-close elephant experience
- Canoeing, hiking, swimming in lake
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.
It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.
It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.
Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!
My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.
William M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019