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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

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!


  • 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

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 November 2015

It and #39;s exhausting , make sure you get plenty of rest the night before. It and #39;s almost to much stuff. The elephant trek is actually booked thru a resort that offers it to their customers. It and #39;s about 30-40 minutes. We didn and #39;t get back till very late, 8pm I think? I was picked up at 6am.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was awesome. Seeing the market, then going to the farm and seeing the oxen and having lunch. Then off to the national park where we saw the waterfall. The grand finale of seeing monkeys and riding the elephant was a once in a lifetime event for us....the driver and guide were so nice and helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I had an amazing day and experience on this tour.
My expectations were totally exceeded.
The tour guide Shwan, I think was very informative, the driver Pex was very friendly, the lady who showed us a little bit of thai cooking was adorable and very accommodating along with the boys who arranged the ox cart ride.
I did not like the steep steps to and from the waterfall but enjoyed the view once we were there, perhaps this could be cut out of the tour although the information provide by the guide was good.
And finally the elephant ride, what can I say, I will never forget it, I had a wonderful experience. Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour! Guide Yui was nice and not drowning you with loads of info. Elephants were the best part!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great way to get out of the city for a day!
I was picked up early morning after tour east left a message at my hotel with a pick up time. It was around an hours drive to the market stalls - raw meat, live fish/toads/eals etc it was a little different to street markets i'm used to, but there was lots of fruit stalls where the tour guide purchased some for us to try after lunch.
We got to a small farm about an hour later where we were given a ox cart ride, it was nice to experience how they used to transport goods. We them met at the farm house and cooked our meal with a super nice lady, great thai food and lots of it and you are provided with bottled water soda 30 and beer 60 bhat.

Next stop was to the national park, all entry fees and tolls were paid for by the tour company. We parked up and had a hike to the waterfall, it started raining heavy but the guide had ponchos for everyone, although the path is cement it can get very slippery so make sure you bring decent shoes, there is also lots of steep steps. Great views and great fun.

We stopped off at a view point which was incredible, there was around 20 monkeys there and you could get close to take photos. One monkey got onto a pick up truck and thew clothing out then ran off with some fruit from a bag - hilarious. don't bring food outside the minivan

The last part of the tour was riding the elephants, 100 recommended as was an incredible experience. You start off on the seat with an experienced 'driver' while riding through the river. He then jumps off and lets you take control - amazing, although a little scary at first, they are very well trained. He can also take your camera and take photos of you on the way back. You then get to feed them and take more photos.

Tour guide and mini bus driver were amazing, knowledgeable and spoke good English.

Although I would not return to Bangkok again not a city person, too busy I would love to be on this tour again and would recommend to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Would highly recommend. Experience of a lifetime. Best day in Thailand!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour. Our guide, Peter, was great and full of knowledge on lots of subjects and quizzed us on the way. Went to a local market, had a oxen ride in a cart, had a home made thai lunch, saw some monkeys on the side of the road and stopped to take pictures, saw a beautiful waterfall and best of all, rode on the elephant! I cannot say enough about this tour. Worth the early rising! Lots of fun and lots of learning!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Peter was such an amazing tour guide! I definitely learned more about the Thai culture talking to him on the drive to Khao Yai National Park. Riding an elephant was the highlight of my trip to Thailand and it will be an unforgettable memory.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour with Chang exceeded all expectations. Chang was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and extremely personable. The company have thought of everything to make your day as comfortable and enjoyable as possible - from ice cold water to rain macs, socks to help avoid leeches and blacked out windows helpful for deflecting sunlight. Would highly recommend. Definitely one of the best days of my life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Waterfall was gorgeous. Elephant ride was the best part of the trip. The tour guide Peter was the best tour guide I've ever seen. The only problem was that since the national park is far way from Bangkok, you'll spend a lot of time in the van.

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