Many of our magnificent pachyderms at Elephant Hills have been working in the logging industry until this was banned by law in 1989. As elephants easily wolf down over 200kg of food per day, new ways of sustaining these gentle giants had to be found – most of them switching jobs to work in the tourism industry. Read more about Elephant in Thailand HERE.

The Elephant Hills Elephant Experience is a unique concept which we implemented in 2010, when we decided that we would like to stop elephant riding, as carrying tourists on their back is not a natural thing elephants do. At Elephant Hills, we do not offer elephant riding; instead, we offer a much more interactive and respectful option to encounter our phenomenal pachyderms.

Since the successful implementation, our guests have the chance to experience an interactive adventure which beats any elephant ride you might have participated in before:

As part of each of our soft adventure tour packages, guests get up close with our elephants. They watch them enjoy an extensive bath in our big elephant mud pool, and then use coconut fibers to scrub these gentle giants clean again, before preparing and feeding them one of their daily meals. After the experience, our elephants are released back into their large free roaming pen, where guests can watch them play, interact and graze in their natural environment.

As you realize: The daily life of our elephants is pretty excellent. Their “work” consists of eating, splashing around in their elephant pool and afterwards enjoying a good scrub from our guests. Would you like to volunteer for this task?

This is a truly unique way to interact and get up close with Asia’s largest land animal!

The Elephant Hills Elephant Experience was awarded with the Thailand Green Excellence Award for Animal Welfare in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This prestigious award was given by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in cooperation with Wanderlust magazine to honor our ongoing efforts to an as natural as possible Elephant Experience. The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Wanderlust magazine named Elephant Hills as “Highly Commendable”, ranking us the best elephant camp in Thailand in terms of Animal Welfare!

We are very proud to have repeatedly received this award, and thank both the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Wanderlust magazine for their continuous support in improving the living conditions of Asian Elephants in Thailand.

A first impression of our unique Elephant Experience – in only 30 seconds.