|2 nights||Departs 9am|
- Transfers Meals
- Accommodation in luxury tents
- All activities
- Fully trained guides
- Items of a personal nature
- Transfers with the exception of flight arrivals
- All tours undertaken at Elephant Hills include our unique Elephant Experience, pick up and onward transfer from Krabi, meals, accommodation in luxury tents, all tours and activities and the services of our own fully trained guides!
Elephant Hills Jungle Safari - 2 nights (min 2 pax)
During our Elephant Experience you will get close to and experience hands on these magnificent animals, you will interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts. Truly a once in a lifetime chance to experience the Asian Elephant, the largest land animal in this part of the world.
- Prepare and feed the Elephants one of their daily meals, scrub and clean and watch them bathe
- Feed them their dietary supplements that help with digestion and overall well being
- Plant some of their food which will be ready for next year’s crop
- You will not sit on or trek with our Elephants.
What you can expect
Welcome to Elephant Hills Camp
Pick-up from your hotel or the airport in Krabi and transfer to Khao Sok. En-route, glimpses of tropical rural life here in southern Thailand can be caught. Upon arrival at Elephant Hills Camp, buffet lunch is served at 12:00pm, a variety of delicious Thai dishes cooked not too spicy awaits you.
Time travel on a canoe trip
After lunch you can relax during a jungle river canoe trip down the Sok River. The canoes are very stable and safe; life jackets are provided as well as a local river guide to paddle the canoe. Drift along the jungle river passing Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered with exotic tropical vegetation. Sometimes hornbill birds can be seen flying high overhead or reptiles basking in the sun on the riverbanks. From the canoe you can experience some of the last areas of primary rainforest, a world that has changed little in thousands of years.
The amazing Elephant Experience
Get out of the canoe and head over to the elephant sanctuary. Here you can see, touch and learn about the life of Thai elephants and about the Elephant Hills elephant conservation project.
Your guide will also teach you about the mahout, the elephant caretaker. While participating in our amazing Elephant Experience you will get very close to and even get your hands on these magnificent animals, you will have the chance to interact with them and learn the secrets of their mahouts.
You will prepare and feed them one of their daily meals, including their dietary supplements that help with their digestion and their overall well-being, then watch them bathe before you scrub and wash them clean. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really experience the Asian Elephant, this part of the world’s largest land animal!
The laid-back evening you deserve
After all this activity close to nature it is time for a hot shower in the unique bathroom of your luxury safari tent. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding jungle-covered mountains - this is 100% real nature! A wide selection of cocktails, wines and spirits is available at the "Jungle explorer’s club bar". Optional evening entertainment includes a movie presentation, a traditional Thai dance performance from local school children and a cooking demonstration, where you learn how to properly prepare Thai specialties.
At 8:00pm it is time for dinner in this unique location beside the rainforest, the sounds and the atmosphere will make this a memorable meal. Spend the night in your luxury safari tent with a comfortable bed, reading lights, hot water and a western-style toilet. The tents’ doors and windows are covered with mosquito netting as well as canvas flaps, so insects and reptiles will not bother you. Temperatures at night drop a little, the tents are well ventilated; blankets keep you warm in the chill of the night. This is real luxury so close to the heart of the rainforest!
Spectacular Cheow-Lan-Lake Good morning Khao Sok!
Wake up to the sounds of nature and birds calling from the bushes next to the tent. By the time the sun comes up and the mist over the rainforest-covered mountains to the south of Elephant Hills clears, gibbons’ territorial morning calls echo down the valley. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your tent for early risers; breakfast is at your leisure.
Today you will explore Cheow-Lan-Lake by local long-tail boat. The man-made lake is surrounded by Limestone Mountains and cliffs covered in tropical rainforest that rise up from the shore of the lake and disappear somewhere in the far distance. The scenery has been compared to Guilin in China and Halong Bay in Vietnam. Few people know of the lake and even less have visited it.
There are more than one hundred islands in the lake and it stretches over 60 km from North to South. In the 70’s the area was a hide-out for communists and students opposing the military dictatorship, which well preserved the area’s unique environment as it was spared from urbanization. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery from the boat and will have time to dip into the lake’s emerald water. Please bring your swimwear; towels are provided at the local raft house, where you will stop over for lunch and relaxation.
Good night, Khao Sok
In the late afternoon return to Elephant Hills for dinner and overnight in your luxury tent. The jungle bar will be open for people wanting to exchange stories of their day’s experiences at the lake, and as extra entertainment you can witness a different movie, a different dance performance and a different cooking demonstration today - enough program to keep you busy until dinner, and enough action to ensure sweet dreams after you have been lulled to sleep by the background symphony of insects and frogs.
A Little Jungle Adventure Modern era jungle explorers
Start the day with a wholesome breakfast before you will come face to face with the jungle by exploring it on foot. It is not an army survival exercise, there are no prizes for the fastest, snakes and spiders do not jump out at you - it is just an excellent opportunity to explore the ecology of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, tropical hardwood trees with huge roots, orchids, palms, ferns, bamboos, mosses… the variety is huge.
Birds such as the hornbill live high up above, gibbons can often be heard calling to their mates, a macaque or a leaf monkey may be swinging through the branches, beautiful butterflies buzz around - every day is different, but it is always truly wonderful to discover the great variety of life-forms that co-exists here together. Walk slowly. Look, learn and listen. Then you too will start to discover some of the secrets of the rainforest. Weather-dependent lunch can be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries.
Memories for a lifetime
Sadly around noon it is already time to return to Elephant Hills, and after a refreshing shower the onward transfer to your next hotel or the airport awaits you. All good things come to an end, they say, but luckily this unique experience will remain in your memory for the rest of your life!
Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury tented jungle camp combining the camp idea of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment.
Elephant Hills Camp Overview: Our 35 luxurious tents are tailor-made and set in the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand. Each tent features twin beds, fan, kettle, and a luxurious bathroom with toilet and hot/cold shower.
The tents provide ample space and are well protected against mosquitoes and other possible intruders. The furniture is handmade by our very own skilled craftsmen using natural materials and provides all the comfort a guest would normally find in a hotel room. There are enough lights to read by and fill your diaries with the days observations.
At the centre of the camp is the semi-open air main camp housing the restaurant. This serves as the place to meet other guests.
|2 nights||Depart 8am|
- Food and Soft
- Tents for overnight
- Snorkelling equipment (Mask, snorkel and Life jacket)
- Extra expenses of a personal nature
- Accommodation Upgrades to Rooms on island
- Hot Showers
- Tips for Guide
- Travel Insurance
Similan Islands Camping Experience - 1 night (min 2 pax)
Grab your swimsuit and snorkel gear for a 3 day trip to paradise in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea!
- Sleep overnight in tents and fall asleep to the sounds of nature
- Snorkel in beautifully diverse coral reefs and discover Honeymoon Bay
- Eat fresh and delicious Thai cuisine aboard your boat
- Relax and forget about life for a while on this spectacular excursion!
What you can expect
Day 1: Depart Phuket or Khao Lak for the Similan Islands (L/D) From Phuket:
06.00 - 07.00 Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Thuplamu pier. From Khao Lak:
07.30 - 08.00 Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Thuplamu pier.
08.00 Check in; pick up your snorkelling gear. Meet your guide and depart for the Similan Islands.
10.00 Snorkelling at Koh Payu (Island No. 7)
Enjoy the beach and explore the island, and discover the pristine beach Princess Bay (Island No. 4) Enjoy delicious Thai lunch on the beach.
Check in at the national park accommodation centre.
Depart for afternoon programme with “Pansa Queen”, one of our double-decker overnight tour boats. Snorkelling at Beacon Reef at Koh Similan (Island No. 8)
16.00 Depart for Koh Miang (Island No. 4)
17.00 Watch the sunset and enjoy a Thai style buffet dinner aboard "Pansa Queen” at Honeymoon Bay.
18.00 Return to your camping accommodation and relax.
08:30 AM Enjoy breakfast aboard
09:30 AM Snorkeling at Koh Payu (Island No.7) and Koh Muiang (Island No.4) 12:00 PM Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch
02:00 PM Depart for afternoon program snorkeling at Koh Ba Kgu (Island no.9) and Koh Similan (Island no. 8)
05.30 PM Enjoy buffet dinner aboard while watching the sunset.
06.30 PM Return to your camping accommodation in tents for the night.
Similan Islands (B/L/D)
08.00 Check out of your accommodation.
08.30 Have breakfast aboard “Pansa Queen”.
09.30 Snorkelling at East of Eden at Koh Payu (Island No. 7) Snorkelling at Stonehenge at Koh Miang (Island No. 4). Thai buffet aboard “PanSa Queen” at Honeymoon Bay Relaxing, Sunbathing or snorkel at Koh Miang (Island No. 4) Depart for afternoon programme with “Pansa Queen” Snorkelling at Snapper Alley at Koh Bangu (Island No. 9) Snorkelling at Turtle Rock at Koh Similan (Island No. 8)
16.30 Depart for Koh Miang (Island No. 4)
18.00 Watch the sunset and eat a Thai style dinner aboard “Pansa Queen” at Honeymoon Bay. Return to your camping accommodation at Island no. 4
What to Bring
Pack lightweight clothing and layers, swimsuit, sunhat, sunblock, sunglasses, swimsuit, towel, insect repellent, camera, extra memory cards, extra batteries. Prescription medicines, personal items, passport and visa (if required).