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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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. I learned a lot from Peter about the Thai culture and history. That alone was worth the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a great break from seeing the temples in and around Bangkok. We especially enjoyed the visit to a farm where we met a family and had a home cooked Thai meal. We saw lots of wildlife in the national park and the views were amazing! The elephant ride at the end was great and a memory I will cherish. Our guide, Peter, made the whole day even the car ride fun. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour to friends!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Prompt, efficient pick up from hotel, excellent tour guide
despite the language barrier, and comfortable bus ride to the park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour is absolutely amazing. It was one of the best we have taken. It was so diverse and so colorful that it is difficult to decide which portion was the best. The market, the farm, the cooking experience, the waterfall in the middle of a rain, and the elephants ride. A really compete tour. I will recommend it with no doubt.
The guide was fantastic,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tik, our group leader, gave us the best tour we could have asked for! This trip was worth every Baht. The transport, the other guests, the food and the views were all outstanding. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Viator takes you away from busy Bankgok into the more rural northern suburbs where you'll see the most beautiful rainforest. Thank you Tik for an unforgettable experience From Charlotte, 20, from England.

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

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