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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!


  • 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 August 2015

Fantastic tour. The elephant could be a little longer, still was very good.
The tour guide Preecha Peter is fantastic. Great spirits, great knowledge.
The cooking in the Thai farm house is a great experience
A must do.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A really fun day and a great escape from the crazy that is Bangkok. The elephant ride was great, but the Thai cooking class at the old rice plantation was outstanding. All the Thais we encountered were truly nice and respected everyone on the trip.
I would do this again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour guide who filled the day with great discussions. He ensured we expereinced a local market and tasted local foods. Alot of driving but worth the time in the van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great trip. I had one of the best times I have ever had. I had the usual adventures reaching the starting point of the trip two cab rides and walking across several lanes of a freeway. Not dangerous but not exactly what I was expecting. The drive out toward the park was pretty long but the driver and guide knew good places to stop for bathroom breaks and drinks and it was nice to see some countryside away from Bangkok. We stopped at a local food market which was really interesting with exotic foods. Some of it did not sit well with my western sensibilities but it was still well worth the stop no expectation buying things here. The rice cart ride was OK basically riding in a wagon on a fairly rough trail. It sort of reminded me of visiting my grandmother's farm many years ago and that was ok. Lunch at the farm was great and was probably closer to what the locals eat than what you'd get in a restaurant. No gastric events either! The park was nice, we saw wild monkeys of some kind and some giant lizards but, for good or ill, no tigers. The waterfall was nice but not exceptional. It was a fairly pleasant walk but fairly steep on the return. Good shoes make sense for this part of the trip. The elephant ride was fantastic. It was a goal of mine just to touch an elephant and the ride was worth the entire trip which was otherwise still quite nice. They did a good job of getting pictures of us and actually we rode more with out the elephant driver ? than I expected. Overall, it was a great trip and I would do it again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour if you want to see what Thailand is like outside of Bangkok, but don't have the time to vacation in another city. The food was great and Peter was a great tour guide. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I really enjoyed the trip , Peter was our guide and he was good fun , would recommend this trip I give it a 5 rating

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Got proposed to on this trip so I have to say it was pretty special. Tik our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable friendly and accommodating. Even brought pete a beer after he proposed : The itinery was good, the cooking lesson was fun and had a really tasty filling but simple lunch. The national park was spectacular and the elephant ride was something I would never have imagined doing! All in all highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was awesome! Out guide Peter was helpful, fun and informative. Two major tips - Bring toilet paper and bug spray!! I still have bite marks!! I thought I'd love the market part of this tour, however it was overwhelming to see the poverty and smells. Other than this it was so amazing!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Elephant riding was amazing!

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