Discover why you really must visit the Elephant Hills Resort in Thailand
Our Southeast Asia extraordinaire Paddy recently stayed in the renowned Elephant Hills Resort in Thailand, after a whirlwind stint in Bangkok and before a relaxing break in Phuket. So what did he make of this world-famous elephant sanctuary? Read on to see what he thought and to discover why he’s so keen to recommend it to Travelmood customers…
Exclusive accommodation and amenities
I must admit, when I first heard that I was going to be spending three whole days in the heart of the Khao Sok jungle, I was a little worried. It’s not that I have anything against elephants or nature – quite the contrary. It’s just that, as a digital nomad that likes his modern comforts, I wasn’t sure if I could hack it. The thing with Elephant Hills is that, you don’t have to! The resort itself is stunning, with impeccable facilities, hot water, exquisite food and luxurious rooms – better than any hotel I’ve stayed in. I was also easily able to connect to wifi in the main resort and update my family and friends about my adventures throughout my stay – a must for me!
Bathing and feeding rescue elephants at the sanctuary really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s lovely to see the care and enthusiasm of all those working at Elephant Hills. They are passionate about wildlife and keen to share this with guests, from answering any questions to pointing out specific bird calls in the forest. Unlike many elephant camps in Thailand, the majority of the profits here go to the keep of the elephants, as well as other local projects. An incredible resort with a social conscience – what’s not to love?
Lots of fun-filled activities
There’s plenty to keep adrenaline junkies occupied during their stay. I opted to venture through bat caves and go on a rewarding trek in the jungle. I would say that a high level of fitness is required for these activities. Walking uphill in 35 degree heat is challenging, but extremely rewarding as you soak up the breath-taking scenery. If you fancy a more relaxing escape, float along the calm Cheow Larn Lake waters in your canoe or watch the world go by with a drink in hand. No matter what activities you choose, you’re guaranteed to meet like-minded individuals. As a solo traveller, I quickly got to know the other people in my group as we bonded through excursions and shared stories at mealtimes.
Advice for future holiday-makers
Tips for those thinking of heading to Elephant Hills? If you have time, I’d definitely recommend staying for two nights. Elephant Hills is a fair trek from most resorts – around three hours from Phuket and two hours from Surat Thani – so it makes sense to experience all it has to offer. There’s nothing quite like switching off from the world at the Rainforest Camp in the middle of Cheow Larn Lake on your second night.
The camp is very secluded, meaning that you can’t nip to a nearby 7-11 for a late-night snacking fix. Stop off on your way and stock up on your favourite treats and alcohol. Beer and spirits are relatively expensive at the resort and the staff encourage guests to bring their own. Pretty decent of them, eh? Make sure you also pack plenty of mosquito repellent to keep bugs at bay. Thankfully there are mosquito repellent candles throughout the resort.
Lots of people venture to Thailand but few make it to Elephant Hills. Don’t miss out – experience all this amazing camp has to offer – beautiful wildlife, magical views, tantalising cuisine and new friends. You won’t regret it!