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

Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok

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. 

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

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

Rob United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was my daughter's favorite tour of the 10 days we spent in Bangkok. She graduated from university and 10 days in Thailand was her wish before she went to work. The guide picked us up from the hotel and took us to the meeting point no problems. The van was very comfortable and stopped halfway through the trip each way at a rest stop for coffee, water and snacks. The oxcart ride was interesting and a little bone-jarring - maybe at 53, I should avoid this in the future. The cooking presentation and lunch were outstanding. Singha was available for a nominal price which made the food even tastier. The tour of the park offered some fantastic photo opportunities and the tour of the zoo was great. Being able to feed the animals with zoo approved food was a nice touch. The elephant ride was the highlight of the tour!. The driver let us sit on the elephants neck and I have never seen my daughter happier. For me, this tour made my trip and was the event of my daughter's life.

ediem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was so fun! Our tour guide was so informative and nice. We especially loved the hiking and the Thai meal that we made as a group. Only thing I would change would be no elephant ride- the elephants are treated cruelly as babies in order to tame them enough to ride.

sharon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best days that I have had in a long time. From the moment it started to the end of the day rifding an elephant which was amazing in itself. Going to the markets in the morning, then to the farm which was great and then riding the elephants was the perfect day. We had the best tour guide this day and the driver was fantastic

sharon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best days that I have had in a long time. From the moment it started to the end of the day rifding an elephant which was amazing in itself. Going to the markets in the morning, then to the farm which was great and then riding the elephants was the perfect day. We had the best tour guide this day and the driver was fantastic

sharon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best days that I have had in a long time. From the moment it started to the end of the day rifding an elephant which was amazing in itself. Going to the markets in the morning, then to the farm which was great and then riding the elephants was the perfect day. We had the best tour guide this day and the driver was fantastic

sharon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best days that I have had in a long time. From the moment it started to the end of the day rifding an elephant which was amazing in itself. Going to the markets in the morning, then to the farm which was great and then riding the elephants was the perfect day. We had the best tour guide this day and the driver was fantastic

sharon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best days that I have had in a long time. From the moment it started to the end of the day rifding an elephant which was amazing in itself. Going to the markets in the morning, then to the farm which was great and then riding the elephants was the perfect day. We had the best tour guide this day and the driver was fantastic

Isabel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

One of the best tours I've been on, elephant ride was incredible. Lots of things to do and it didn't feel rush. The food we help prepare was simple but delicious.

Albert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great day! There were 8 of us in the group--such a nice group. Our guide Peter was very good and had a quirky sense of humor. We especially loved the farmhouse lunch. The owner was a lovely and charming woman. Peter was a good cook and the food was wonderful.

The short hike was nice but the climb up and down to the waterfall was difficult to say the least. I had a recent knee replacement so didn't try it and was I ever glad. My husband said it was unbelievably difficult -- more like a ladder than steps. Even the younger members of our group found it challenging.

The elephant ride was great fun.

All in all a great day.

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