4.5 star rating: Recommended 356 Reviews

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  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Explore the protected green landscapes of Khao Yai National Park on a full-day guided excursion from Bangkok. Sample exotic fruits, take a ride on a traditional ox cart through rice fields, and search for tigers, black bears and leopards in Khao Yai National Park. End your day trip with an elephant ride through the jungle – a great city escape for those looking to get back to nature during their stay in Bangkok!

Highlights

  • Khao Yai National Park day trip from Bangkok
  • Sample exotic seasonal fruits like rambutan and mango
  • Go for a ride on an ox cart through the rice fields
  • See the impressive Haew Narok Waterfall
  • Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch that you can help prepare at a farm
  • Trek through the jungle on the back of an elephant

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What You Can Expect

Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Khao Yai National Park, located approximately 108 miles (175 km) northeast of Bangkok, has five vegetation zones and one of the few remaining monsoon forests in Asia. Home to more than 153 different species of animals and birds, including 200-300 wild elephants as well as endangered Asiatic black bears, tigers, leopards and barking deer – to name a few – it is no wonder Khao Yai is Thailand's most visited park. While sightings can never be guaranteed, it is great to see the park knowing that wildlife is out there!

On the way to Khao Yai National Park, stop at a local fruit market where you can taste and buy exotic seasonal fruits like mango, rambutan and even the stinky but tasty durian. Then, board a traditional cart pulled by oxen and enjoy a ride among rice fields before continuing on to a local farm. Here, watch lunch being prepared at a beautiful Thai-style wooden home where you are welcome to help out and learn to cook delicious Thai food before enjoying your meal.

Continue by vehicle to Khao Yai National Park and then follow your guide on foot over a paved trail, strolling through jungle walkways and over a bridge to the impressive three-tiered Haew Narok Waterfall. Afterward, enjoy great photo opportunities inside the park, followed by the highlight of your day – an elephant trek. Start your 45-minute ride seated on the elephant’s back; then, if you'd like, you'll have the opportunity to ride on the elephant’s neck while the mahout (elephant driver) climbs down to take a few pictures – a once-in-a-lifetime experience to treasure long after your tour ends in Bangkok!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The local market was certainly different from anything back home. Very authentic. The lunch at the farm house from the purchases that our guide made at the market was fantastic and the owner of the farm was such a pleasant and loving woman. The waterfalls walk was a challenge for some in the group to climb back up the many stairs, but certainly was a beautiful falls. The highlight of the day was certainly the elephants. It was great fun to feed them and they loved to be fed right into their tonques. Once on the elephants you go about 10 minutes through jungle, another five or ten through a river and the best part is when the guide gets you to get on their neck and out of the seat to take your picture and then he leaves and just runs around taking your picture as the elephant picks its own way through the jungle. Many great pictures and such a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was a lot of fun. Peter was our guide. He spoke excellent english, was very knowledgeable and helpful. He offered to help us see other stuff in bangkok and even chiang mai, where we were headed. Part of the fun was listening to him talk about anything we asked concerning thailand. Reasonable price and they pick you up from the hotel, so no issues lining up transit from A to B to C etc. That is more of an issue than we expected, in part because it's hard to locate stations and tickets online, and locals at the stations don't always speak english. Also they hardly ever understand western pronunciation of the transliterated terms and can't always read transliterated addresses (eg one book i have says "english" is "ing-grit" in thai, but the thais i asked didn't understand "ing-grit" -- they pronounce it "ahn-keet". Also a cab driver in bangkok didn't recognize "Chatuchak" on an address i had written).

Most memorable moments of the trip:
1) on the drive out of the park, we saw wild monkeys crossing the road and hopping down from the trees.
2) on the elephant ride, the trainer hopped off, let us sit on the elephant's neck, and walked ahead singing.

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