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Elephant Hills Camp - Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is situated in Thailand’s largest remaining forest, and contains some of the oldest-growth evergreen rainforest in the world. Stay at a luxury tented camp in the hills, experience elephants up close and explore this ancient and magical world on foot and by boat.

Small Group Luxury 3 days

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Itinerary

Overview

After the 1989 logging ban in Thailand, thousands of working captive elephants went from being a source of income for their owners to being a prohibitively expensive pet, virtually overnight. Fortunately, tourism has come to the rescue of these animals, which now play a part in helping to educate visitors about the priceless and delicate forest ecosystems they were once used to exploit. The Elephant Hills experience offers a comfortable, low-impact way to come into contact with one of Earth’s truly unique places, while helping the elephants and those whose livelihood depends on them to survive in a new, more ecologically-conscious world.

On your first day you’ll embark on an extended Nature safari, beginning with an exploration of the flooded mangrove forests by speedboat, a swampland ecosystem riddled with a maze of river channels with unique flora and fauna. You’ll be able to deepen your experience with the opportunity to paddle a canoe around the area and discover it for yourself. You’ll then be able to relax over lunch on board an elegant Burmese Junk while it cruises along the waterways before travelling back to Elephant Hills camp for a well-deserved evening meal. The next day brings you face-to-face, and hand-to-trunk, with the elephants themselves, when you can get to know these amazing beasts up close and find out all about them from their mahouts. On the third day, you’ll finally enter the jungle on foot for a guided tour of this fabulous place - and finally convince yourself that yes, this is really happening!

Day-by-day

Day 1: Phangnga
You’ll be picked up from your hotel then transferred to Phangnga, where you’ll explore the rivers in the mangrove forest by motorized dinghy or self paddled canoe. Emerging further along the coast, you’ll meet up with our classical Burmese junk where lunch will be served. You can then spend the afternoon on a deserted beach, swim, relax or paddle canoe. In late afternoon you’ll be transferred to Khao Sok for dinner and then stay overnight at Elephant Hills camp.

Day 2: Elephant Camp
You’ll awaken to the sounds of birds calling in the bush. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure, then when ready you’ll transfer to the elephant camp, where you can see, touch and find out about the life of Thai elephants.

During the Elephant Experience you’ll get close to these magnificent animals, with the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, scrub and clean and watch them bathe.

Returning from the jungle, you’ll appreciate the buffet lunch, after which you’ll take a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. You’ll then return to Elephant Hills Camp for dinner and stay there overnight.

Day 3: Jungle Trek
After a good night’s rest you’ll eat a wholesome breakfast before coming face to face with the jungle on foot. You’ll have seen it from elephant back and from your canoe on the river, but nothing compares to actually walking yourself inside the jungle. Weather permitting, lunch will be served in the rainforest cooked in bamboo, a tradition of jungle explorers for centuries past. In the afternoon you’ll then return to Elephant Hills Camp for your transfer back to your hotel or the airport.

Details

Getting there

You need to get to one of the following places in Thailand: Phuket, Krabi, Khao Sok, Koh Samui or Surat Thani. Transfers to Elephant Hills Camp run directly from hotels in all these locations.

Price includes

Transfer from hotels in Phuket, Krabi, Khao Sok, Koh Samui or Surat Thani, tour with activities as specified, meals as described in the itinerary, canoes, boat and transport between activities where required, fully trained guides.

Is it for me?

This tour is a “soft” adventure, meaning it should be suitable for anyone in good health. Indeed, children of four years of age and older are welcome, a fact which will no doubt meet with approval from many four-year-old elephant enthusiasts and budding explorers. The camp itself is well-established and very comfortable, offering a stable base for forays into the forest, and the organization has strict environmental policies designed to limit the negative impact potentially inherent in running excursions in such a sensitive area. There is also a real emphasis on sharing information about the elephants, the forest, and the culture of the region, and learning how all three are interconnected.

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