There’s a different side of Thailand not all tourists get to see. Although its floating markets, ornate temples, and relaxing beaches are lovely, the country is also home to the lush rainforest with fantastic wildlife. If you want to commune with nature and experience a truly unique travel adventure, you should embark on the Elephant Hills safari tour.
Elephant Hills is located in Khao Sok National Park, a tropical paradise in Southern Thailand. Tucked in the middle of the dense rainforest, it offers luxurious tent accommodations for tourists who want to unplug and experience a different kind of thrill. Here, guests can go on tours to admire the scenery and interact with gentle giants.
Here’s what to expect on your Elephant Hills safari tour:
The Elephant Hills safari tour takes two to three days. Upon your arrival, you’ll be treated to a spread of buffet featuring sumptuous Thai cuisine. After that, the staff will get you settled in one of their beautifully designed “glamping” tents. These accommodations have all the comforts you’ll need in this serene setting. They have soft beds, private bathrooms, and terraces with chairs and hammocks.
Here, you’ll experience sleeping and waking up to the sound of nature. You’ll recognize jungle noises coming from gibbons, cicadas, birds, and other wildlife creatures. Just staying here is an attraction in itself!
Your adventure begins with a scenic canoe ride down the Sok River. Your route will take you through an untouched jungle, so be prepared to see different creatures on the way. Snakes, insects, birds, monkeys, and more can be spotted—all the best that Thailand has to offer. Soak up the scenery as you row along. If you have questions, your friendly guide can give you bits of trivia about what you’re witnessing.
Ethical Elephant Experience
After your river cruise, you’ll proceed to the highlight of your stay: meeting Thailand’s elephants. Elephant Hills’s Elephant Experience begins with a short introduction to the history of Asia’s largest animals. After this short course, you can get up close and personal with these gentle giants.
First up is feeding the elephants. Their favorites are pineapples, bananas, and sugarcane. These majestic beasts have quite an appetite, and it’s a delight to see them chew down buckets of fruits within minutes. Afterward, you’ll witness them bathe, and you can even join in the fun! Elephants love baths and enjoy the water. You’ll see some of them dipping in pools, while others will let you scrub their trunks. It’s an awe-inspiring experience that you couldn’t get anywhere else.
Elephant Hills takes pride in its ethical animal welfare standards. Here, these majestic beasts are not chained. They do not perform tricks, and guests are not allowed to ride them. They don’t have trainers or masters—only guides and caretakers. The camp has received multiple awards because of these ethical standards.
After your elephant experience, you still have time to discover other parts of Khao Sok National Park. You can traverse through an underground cave or sail through lakes to admire pre-historic limestone cliffs. If you want to spend the rest of your tour relaxing, Elephant Hills has a restaurant, bar, and swimming pool for you to enjoy.
Whether you’re planning for a romantic honeymoon or a fun excursion with the whole family, Elephant Hills in Khao Sok will leave you spellbound. Khao Sok Natural Park can be accessed from many popular tourist points in Thailand, including our beachfront resort in Khao Lak.
If you’re looking for accommodation in Khao Lak for your trip, get in touch with Apsara Khao Lak today! We’re more than happy to help!