Enhance your adventure with a selection of on-site activities in the natural environs of the Camp.
My Elephant and I
Did you know that elephants have six sets of teeth over their lifetime? Or that they don’t actually love peanuts? Learn more about elephants in the best possible way – by keeping them company in their own natural habitat. This immersive experience begins at the Elephant Camp, where your mahout guide explains how elephant anatomy works – a lesson that is sure to be full of surprises!
Once you have the basics down, set off on a walk through the wilderness with your elephant companions. Stop by the pond to see their playful side as they splash about happily and drink water by the gallon. As you make your way through the grassland together, the mahout tells you more about the behavioral traits of these gentle giants. Observe closely and you will find that each elephant has its own distinct personality – some are mischievous, others are nurturing, while a few love to showboat.
Next up is bath-time at the river, a cherished daily ritual for elephants and their mahouts. Afterwards, head to the bamboo hut for some well-deserved refreshments – bananas for the freshly bathed elephants and a platter of delicious snacks for you. Conclude this unforgettable experience with a photo session alongside your new friends – these precious mementos are sure to be treasured for years to come.
This experience can accommodate a maximum of 6 guests, and is available every day at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes of interaction time with elephants
Price: THB 6,500 plus 17.7% tax per person (a portion of this fee goes towards the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation)
Join us for a guided walk and discover the tasty, healthy plants that grow naturally on the Camp grounds. Accompanied by staff that are experts in the botany of the region, you will learn the nutritional and healing secrets of local flora and fauna. Collect the plants foraged along the way in a basket. Your herbal finds are topped up with fresh leaves and veggies from the Camp’s organic garden and delivered to the kitchen, where the Chef and his team use the ingredients to create a customized menu. Reap the rewards of your foraging walk with a healthful jungle-to-table feast.
Fancy learning the secrets of delicious Thai cuisine? Transform yourself into a Thai Chef for a few hours. Our Chef will teach you how to make three different local dishes in the lush open-air cooking area, with herbs and spices grown in the Camp’s very own Organic Garden. After the lesson, we lay a special table for you to enjoy the fruits of your culinary labor. Once you’re back home, amaze your friends and loved ones with your newly acquired Thai cooking skills!
This experience requires advance reservation, and is available every day at 10 am and 2 pm.
Time: Approximately 2-3 hours
Price: THB 12,000
The Camp Hike exercise session starts with stretching at the pool deck, breathing in cool, clean air while gazing at the slowly flowing Ruak River and the mysterious plains of Burma directly opposite. Next, a 1-kilometre (0.62-mile) guided uphill hike on the Camp’s Jungle Trail leads to the Camp Peak, the highest spot of the property, for breathtaking views of the Mekong River and the mountains of Laos as one takes a moment to catch one’s breath. The course then continues with a downhill trail to Burma Bar for cold towels and water, after which it’s an 800-metre (875-yard) run, jog or walk back to the Camp’s main restaurant Nong Yao. This leg of the course is also shared by the Camp’s resident elephants, so encountering an elephant-jam is always a possible hazard on this workout. Finally, the Camp Hike session ends once again at the pool deck for a cool-down session before you slip into the soothing waters of the Camp’s free-form swimming pool or whirlpool to soothe those tired muscles. Just in time for breakfast with the elephants at Nong Yao, and another active day at the Camp.
Reservations: Contact Camp Host (touch 0) for reservation in advance
Location: Meet at Nong Yao Restaurant
Price: THB 1,500
Prices and fees are subject to service charge and applicable government taxes.