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Swap bustling Bangkok for the jungle-clad landscapes of Khao Yai National Park on this full-day trip that includes a 45-minute elephant ride. You’ll sample Thai fruit from a street market, ride a traditional ox cart through rice fields, learn to cook — then eat — a farm lunch, and walk to a waterfall with an attentive guide. Top off your day trip with a classic elephant trek in Thailand. 


  • 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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Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

Start your 10-hour day trip to Khao Yai National Park, which includes an elephant trek, with an early morning hotel pickup in Bangkok. Relax during the approximate 108-mile (175-km) drive as your guide details the day’s itinerary and shares information about Thailand's most visited park — home to more than 153 animal and bird species, including wild elephants as well as endangered Asiatic black bears, tigers, leopards and barking deer. Learn about Khao Yai’s five vegetation zones and its monsoon forest, one of the few remaining in Asia. 

En route, your driver stops at a local fruit market where you’re introduced to seasonal fruits such as mango, rambutan and the stinky but tasty durian. After your fruit tasting, hop into a traditional ox cart for a ride via the rice fields on the way to a local farm. Here, you are welcome to assist with lunch preparations at a lovely Thai-style wooden home before enjoying a delicious Thai meal.

Afterward, you’re driven to Khao Yai National Park where you’ll disembark the vehicle for a short hike to Haew Narok Waterfall. While the footpath is paved, good walking shoes are recommended for the forest walkway, which can get wet. Snap plenty of photos of the three-tiered cascade before the tour highlight: a 45-minute elephant ride through the Thailand jungle.

With the help of a mahout (elephant driver), climb up into a seat on the elephant’s back to start your trek. Once you’re comfortable, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride on the elephant’s neck and have a few pictures taken — the perfect memento to treasure long after your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Bangkok.

Customer Reviews

Elena K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

great tour!!! our guide was Peter
He is the best!! Funny ,very knowledgeable,good cook
Elephant ride was the highlight of the day!.

Dennis Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Long day, pickup at 6:30am.

Roger C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip is excellent. Our guide, Peter, was so knowledgeable and we learnt so much. Nothing was too much trouble and he made an excellent trip even more fun and exciting. Lunch in the farmhouse was a real experience, as was the local market if you want to buy live frogs! and the elephant ride was the real highlight.

Cindy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

LOVED it! We were given the opportunity to control the elephant. It was a very memorable experience.

Kenneth K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Everything was exactly as promised. The van was comfortable everything ran on time but without feeling rushed. The other van in our party broke down even though both vans looked pretty new, but the tour company handled it quickly with minimal fuss. The guides were fun, engaging, and easy to understand in English.

Jessica H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour to some great destinations. Lunch was delicious and of course the elephant ride was unforgettable.

Joshua T R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

As far as we are concerned this was the best tour of our entire holiday to Thailand!
It was fun the moment we began our day trip and this was due to our guide.
We would like to describe him as Thailand's No.1 Tour guide.
If you only do one tour in Thailand then this would have to be the one. Although we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day trip from the markets to the rice paddy, the Ox Ride and the wonderful Thai lunch.
The highlight for us of this tour was the Elephant ride. We will always treasure our memories and photos and we have not been able to stop talking to people about it since we returned.
Thank You Peter you are the best!!

Alejandro C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Kindall H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

My family ages ranging from 26-57 really enjoyed this all-day excursion, complete with ox-cart ride, elephant trek and waterfall hike. The trek down to the waterfall was steep and not easy, but it was worth it. There were also places to wait if you didn't feel comfortable going down. Water and refresher towelettes were provided throughout the tour. I especially appreciated the fact that they stopped en route and on the way home to allow us to grab snacks for the long ride or use the restroom. It was one of our favorite and most memorable days in Thailand.

Maryam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Loved this tour, the guide was fabulous and the cooking demonstration and lunch was excellent!!

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