Elephant Hills Corporate Responsibility Projects

Caring for the environment

We are extremely lucky to be based in one of the world’s most unique spots; the Khao Sok rainforest area. Being close to the nature and understanding the importance of conserving the environment are inherent values to Elephant Hills and our visitors. Hence, we are trying our best to lower our impact on this amazing planet of ours. Furthermore, we hope to inspire our guests and possibly even other organizations to become more environmentally conscious.

Although we are excited and proud of our efforts so far, we believe this is an on-going mission and the work towards more sustainable resort and tour operations is never completed. The more knowledge we have, the better we can consider, re-evaluate and further improve our actions. At Elephant Hills, we welcome any comments and ideas from our visitors and partners when it comes to improving the sustainability aspects. We don’t believe in shaming anyone for their way of life, but rather in sharing information and creating change in a positive, encouraging manner.

Lead by example – celebrate every step

Needless to say, one of the most powerful ways is to lead by example. As we like to teach our staff in our regular sustainability trainings, even the smallest things you can do for the planet truly matter. Everyone can be the very person to trigger change in someone else. You can show up at your office carrying your lunch in a reusable container, shop at your local grocery store using reusable produce bags, or collect rubbish when walking in the forest. This doesn’t necessarily mean people around you will instantly do the same, but there is a good chance it will start some kind of thinking process that will eventually result in a positive change.

Reducing plastic waste

At Elephant Hills, we are trying our best to constantly find ways to reduce the amount of plastic waste. Here are some of our efforts so far:

  • All guests are given reusable stainless steel water bottles for the period of their stay, with plenty of complimentary fill up stations available
  • No plastic bottles are handed out or sold at our camps or cafes
  • Drinking water in rooms and transfers is provided in reusable and recyclable glass bottles
  • Reusable stainless steel straws are used instead of plastic straws in all restaurants and cafes
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap are provided in refillable ceramic dispensers
  • Only the essential toiletries provided, using paper packaging and cotton buds with wooden stems
  • We only sell bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones
  • We no longer hand out single-packed items, such as refreshing towels during our tours
  • Paper bags available at our souvenir shops
  • We consider the environment during large staff events and training; instead of plastic or foam lunch boxes, plastic bottles, cups and utensils, reusable and recyclable options are used
  • Moving away from marketing material made from plastic; we hand out sustainable and plantable seed pencils instead of plastic pens

CO2 Offsetting project

We like to keep a very close relationship with our overseas partners, and therefore the members of our marketing team can be often spotted visiting our friends all around the world. Over the past years, we have come up with different ways to both lower and offset our emissions caused by long-haul travel.  One of the biggest factors in reducing the number of flights is having our marketing teams permanently based in Europe and Australia. This has enabled our teams to use public land transportation as the main means of traveling.

In those cases that we still travel by flying, we try to maximize the time spent in each country or area, avoiding the need of constantly flying back and forth. In order to offset the carbon emissions occurring from our marketing flights, we started our CO2 Offsetting project with a survey to the potential planting area in 2017. Since then, we have planted altogether 6,500 trees in Kaeng Krung National Park, successfully offsetting emissions of all of our marketing flights of 2017 and 2018.

We are excited to keep going and are looking forward to planting more trees to offset the 2019 flights at the end of the year. Moreover, we believe that you can never plant too many trees, and are currently looking for areas to expand this project even further!

The award-winning Rainforest Camp

Our floating camp at the magnificent Cheow Larn Lake doesn’t only provide a highly unique facilities in terms of accommodation. Yes, you are floating on a lake in the middle of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, sleeping in an African style safari tent. However, the uniqueness of the Rainforest Camp goes beyond that. After all, here it’s all about being one with the nature.

This floating resort is designed in a highly responsible and sustainable way by using solar and wind energy and running an exceptional waste management system. Each tent has its own solar panel generating electricity, and all wastewater is collected and treated in a septic tank in the mainland.

As with our other tented camp, the usage of plastic has been reduced to absolute minimum. Guests use refillable, reusable stainless steel bottles for drinking water, whereas water in the tents comes in recyclable glass bottles. Cocktails and other drinks are served with reusable stainless steel straws. All rubbish is taken to the mainland to be sorted.

Furthermore, having a reception area with luggage storage near the pier has helped us to reduce unnecessary boat traffic at the lake. With only small overnight bags taken to the Rainforest Camp, and combining transportation of laundry, fresh food ingredients and other goods we have minimized the number of boat rides in and out of the resort. In 2018, the Rainforest Camp was awarded the Responsible Thailand Award in the category of Eco Lodge.

PATA Grand Award 2019 in the Environment category

PATA Grand Award 2018 in the Environment category

PATA Gold Award 2017 in the Environment category

Responsible Thailand Award 2018 in the category of Eco Lodge for our floating Rainforest Camp

Asia’s only finalist in National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards 2016, in the category “Conserving the Natural World”

Premier Holidays Award for Innovative Sustainable Tourism in 2015