Deep in the heart of Khao Sok National Park, on the tranquil Cheow Larn Lake, floats Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp – one of the world’s only luxury floating tented camps. The Elephant Hills Elephant Experience is a unique initiative first launched in 2010. The resort founders decided something must be done to bring an end to elephant riding for its cruelty to these gentle giants. At Elephant Hills, elephant riding is not on the agenda; instead, a much more interactive and respectful way to encounter these noble beasts is offered.
Since the beginning of this initiative, Elephant Hills guests have been able to enjoy interactive experiences more uplifting and rewarding than any elephant ride you could ever take. Included in the resort’s soft adventure tour package, guests meet the elephants up close. Observe the elephants bathing in the mud pool, use coconut fibres to scrub them clean, prepare their food and even feed them. The elephants are released back into their special roaming pen after you meet them, where you can see them play and graze freely in their natural habitat. As winners of the prestigious Animal Welfare Award, Elephant Hills’ commitment to the safe nurturing of their elephants has never been in question.
This spectacular setting, surrounded by jungles and towering limestone cliffs, provides an excellent base from which to explore southern Thailand’s tropical rainforest too. Reassured by a neutral carbon footprint (the camp’s energy is solar and wind powered and there is also unique waste-management in place), you’ll have zero impact on nature. Yet, nature will no doubt have an impact on you… It’s simply breathtaking here.
Gaze out of your luxury safari tent as the sun sets over the trees, jotting the day’s memories in your diary. Swim in the lake on your front doorstep. Trek through the jungle in search of monkeys and, of course, spend time with the iconic land giants; elephants never forget, and your experience at Elephant Hills will live long in the memory too.