3. Hillside Elephant Retreat
This is the newest Khao Sok elephant sanctuary. Due to its stunning location and excellent treatment of elephants, it is quickly becoming a favorite among travelers! Hillside sanctuary offers an activity more commonly found in human spas: the mud bath. Much preferred to a freshwater bath by the Thai elephant, rubbing mud on their skin helps protect and moisturize. After getting muddy, you can rinse off.
Hillside is located in Rommani village, which has a long history of working with Thai elephants. Also, it is associated with the PhangNga Elephant Sanctuary. The activities offered at Hillside are in line with the ethical and responsible treatment of elephants that we recommend. They feature a program in which guests learn about the elephant (history, personal details, safety). Guests then prepare a fruit snack and feed it to the elephant. Finally, guests walk with the elephant to the stream, have a mud bath, and then take a freshwater bath with the elephant and give it a cleaning.
Distance from Khao Sok: 30 minutes
Highlights: Detailed information, personal connections and, of course, the mud bath.