Elephant Hills elephant sanctuary employs around 150 staff, including management, tour guides, drivers, bar staff, paddle men, maintenance workers, housekeepers, office staff and, of course, our mahouts. Since all of them contribute a great deal to making your Elephant Hills elephant jungle park experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible, we would like to dedicate this page to our hard working employees and introduce those persons to you you are most likely to be in touch with and might meet in person before, during and after your Khao Sok national park adventure.
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Your Tour Guides
Ten years ago Bamboo decided to start working at Elephant Hills because she wanted to improve her English – and yes, she has succeeded big time! Bamboo loves the nature and the environment and enjoys a lot to work with all kind of people. With her great humor Bamboo makes any Elephant Hills activity to an unforgettable experience. Bamboos favorite activity at Elephant Hills is meeting our elephants. And you know why? "Because I will look smaller than them."
Miss Prakong Maikeaw started working at Elephant Hills eight years ago. She is from the Phatthalung province in Southern Thailand and has a Bachelor degree with a major in tourism. Kong loves to listen to the “Jungle Music”, the sounds from the animals around our camps, such as cicadas, gibbons and birds. Her favorite activity is to kayak at the lake. It is so peaceful and quiet and you never know which kind of animal you might see.
Nong or Miss Suwalai Katkaew studied tourism management and is a big nature lover. Spending time outside, being surrounded be plants and animals makes her feel happy. Besides sports and exercise, Nong loves to observe the wildlife, she keeps on looking around and enjoys the beautiful nature, it makes her relax. Nong’s favorite month is April, the month of the Thai New Year (also known as Songkran). She always enjoys celebrating it with her family and friends.
Sompong Kongchuan, who’s nickname is Sam, comes from the Trang province in the Southof Thailand. He started working at Elephant Hills three years ago after finishing his Bachelor degree with a major in tourism. After formerly having been a hunter, he is the perfect wildlife spotter, and came to realize that animals are so much cooler as long as they are alive. Sam will be able to show you and explain to you the most amazing things found in the nature which surrounds our camps.
Panthipa Wiranghmoo, also called Vim, is a girl from northern Thailand who studied Tourism at the Chiangrai Rajabhat University. Vim came to Elephant Hills because she wanted to learn about the cultures, places and traditions of Southern Thailand. Cooking is her favorite hobby, the Northern Sausage (Sai Va) is her favorite food and the most special thing about Elephant Hills is for her the unique location as it is so peaceful, quiet and full of wonders.
Miss Supreeya Sanson, or Saow, as guests call her, comes from the Songkhla province in the South of Thailand. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree at Prince of Songkla University in Trang in Tourism Management, Saow started working at Elephant Hills in July 2016.
The driving force behind her decision was to further develop her English skills, while presenting the miracoulous nature of Khao Sok to her guests.
Despite being lively and talkative, Saow also enjoys the silence of the forest. And she would love to see you fall in love with it as well.
In case Kittiya Rartniyoum is too hard to remember, you may call this lady Pang Pond.
After growing up in the Yala province, she successfully studied Social Science and Tourism at the Songkla Rajabhat University. She joined our team in May 2016, as she is very keen to further improve her English, and learn about new countries and cultures.
Pang Pond has never been in such close contact with nature before coming to Khao Sok, but admits it absolutely relaxes her. And it will relax you, too…
Jirawan Mapa’s nick name is Kluay, which translates into ‘Banana’ in English. You best ask her yourself where that nickname came from.
After graduating in tourism from Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya in Songkhla, close to the Malayan border, Kluay came to Khao Sok, as she loves clean air, far away from pollution. She especially adores the karststone cliffs, and how they are all overgrown with thick vegetation.
Besides nature Kluay enjoys singing, swimming and traveling. Oh, and eating, of course, as so many Thai people. With food she follows the Thai rule “Mai ped, mai aroy”, which roughly translates into “Serve it spicy, or leave me alone”.
Sunthorn Suwanachot aka Tony was born in Suratthani Town.
Before joining Elephant Hills, he worked in customer service in Koh Samui as well as freelance guide around Khao Lak. During this time he acquired excellent English as well as German language skills, besides growing his knowledge on Southern Thailand.
Since 2015 he now works at Elephant Hills, admittedly his dream job, due to his passion for nature and wildlife. Especially seeing our lovely elephant ladies delights him every day anew. Make sure to say hi to Tony when passing through our camps! We bet you’ll instantly like him.
Ing’s given name is Saipirun Rakkhao, “Saipirun” means “rain”, testament to it being a rainy season when she was born.
She comes from Satun province in the South of Thailand and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from Prince of Songkla University (Trang Campus).
Ing is an only child, but you’d never guess it! She is friendly, gets along with everybody and is a great conversationalist. Ing has a passion for nature and animals; she has a much loved dog at home, named Jinny.
Ing enjoys cooking in her free time and likes an early morning bike ride as she says that not only is it a great way to exercise, its the perfect start to the day as it’s very peaceful and the mountains in Khao Sok are the most beautiful mountains that she’s ever seen