Elephant Hills Rainforest Nature Safari
Duration: 3 nights wildlife experience tour
Price from: £599pp
Day 1 Phuket/Khao Sok: Early morning transfer from your hotel or Phuket airport (a supplement applies for later flights/transfers) and transfer to the Phang Nga province, passing rural villages, rubber and oil palm plantations. On arrival, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a relaxing canoe trip down the Sok River during which you can admire the rainforest and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Afterwards, head to the elephant park to learn about the conservation project and have the chance to prepare and feed the elephants, then watch them bathe before you scrub and wash them clean. Return to camp for dinner.
Day 2 Khao Sok: Morning transfer to the west coast for a speedboat ride through the mysterious maze of mangrove forest channels to meet and board a classical Burmese junk. Before lunch on the junk, you can explore the nearby mangrove creek in a self-paddle canoe. En route back to camp there is a stop at a local market.
Day 3 Khao Sok/Cheow Larn Lake: Today, explore little-known Cheow Larn Lake by local longtail boat. Surrounded by limestone mountains and cliffs that rise up from the lake shore, it is similar to Guilin in China or Halong Bay in Vietnam. After lunch at the Rainforest Camp take a swim in the lake before returning to the Elephant Camp.
Day 4 Khao Sok/Phuket: This morning take a guided jungle hike. It’s an excellent opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest rainforests, to see a great variety of exotic plants, trees, and ferns as well as watching out for wildlife. Weather dependent lunch will be served in the rainforest, cooked in bamboo, an old tradition of jungle explorers from past centuries. Return to the Jungle Camp at around midday and then leave for your next hotel or the airport.
Departures: Daily from Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Surat Thani or Koh Samui.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner - all buffet style offering both Thai and western cuisine. Specific dietary requirements can be catered for.
Tour price: The prices shown for these escorted tours are based on the best value travel dates in low season and include return shared transfers from Phuket or Khao Lak hotels or Phuket airport (must be on flight arriving before 9am), accommodation and activities as outlined in each itinerary.
Note: Not recommended for the less mobile. The jungle trek at the Rainforest Camp will suit some and be more difficult for others as the terrain can be unpredictable.
The order of activities can change depending on the day, transfer times and the weather.
Children from 4 years old are permitted at Elephant Hills Elephant Camp and from 7 years at Rainforest Camp.