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Visiting Elephant Hills and getting up close with the Gibbons

I was very lucky to travel to Thailand in March this year. It all started from Heathrow on Thai Airways brand new A380 Airbus, this was my first flight on the new A380. I was very impressed, the economy cabin was airy and the seats were very comfortable too. I would highly recommend trying to book your seats on the upper deck early, the airline has a small amount of economy seats on their upper deck!

Bangkok

When I went to Bangkok I stayed in the Royal Orchid Sheraton. I loved this hotel as it was right on the river, it allowed me to spend hours just sitting and watching all the action of this busy waterway. The hotel is linked by bridge to the adjacent River City shopping centre so you can stroll out from the hotel and visit many of the local street markets. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle boat to the Sky train too.

I found taxis to be very reasonable here however for the more adventurous customer, a Tuk Tuk journey is a must. You will never forget the experience!!  I also did a half day long tailed speedboat ride though the rural life by the canals and I also had the opportunity to visit one of the many Temples.

Phuket

The next part of the adventure was when I boarded another flight from Bangkok to Phuket which the flight only being about an hour. Phuket is great for some down time after the hassle and bustle of Bangkok. Phuket was busier than I thought it was going to be but the beaches are amazing. The weather in March was nice and hot with very little rain. Phuket is a lovely winter beak and with Khao Lak having some of the best beaches it`s the place to take it easy.

Elephant Hills

Now onto the highlight of my trip, I have always wanted to see Elephants close up and Elephant Hills did not disappoint me, situated in the Khao Sok National Park about a 2 - 3 hour transfer from your hotel in Phuket. Elephant Hills is a luxury tented-camp with the main camp on the edge of the Khao Sok National Park and the overwater camp on the stunning Cheow Larn Lake, this combines the idea of an African Style camp with the Thai tropical rainforest.

I did the 2 night Jungle and Lake Safari - you have one night at the Elephant camp followed by one night at the Rainforest Camp. I loved both camps as they are in their own way very different. The Elephant camp was slightly busier, if busy can be the right word when you are in the Jungle. My first sighting of the Elephants was when they came down to cool off in the water, I was soon very close to them and I had the opportunity to prepare their lunch. I cut up Pineapple and various other foods to feed them close up. What an amazing experience. I was soon given the chance to help wash the Elephants. I hosed them down and patted them, what a great experience.

After my Elephant experience I was heading off to Canoe down the river. You have someone rowing you so don`t worry about not being active enough to take part in this trip. Just sit back and take in the scenery and enjoy.

Rainforest Camp

The next morning we transferred to the Rainforest Camp, the local boat transfer was lovely. Just sit back and take in all the wildlife. I saw hundreds of tropical birds, amphibians and reptiles. I also spotted macaque monkeys. After about an hour I had my first sight of the Rainforest Camp, about fifteen tents set out on the River. I took a Canoe trip from my tent and headed out with my guide. You must do this as I saw a family of Gibbon washing and playing by the water’s edge. The food at both camps was excellent. All the food is made fresh by your guides, how they prepare such lovely food amazed me.