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Tour code: 3685BKK27
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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A good day out and riding on the Elephant made my day.

Maria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was an amazing tour and worth every penny! Very well organized and met all our exceptions for only being a day long!

Bethany R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was definitely one of the best tours of my entire trip to Thailand! It was incredible and I would do this tour hundred times over!!

Hanna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really a fantastic trip, and the best one Ive done out of all sight seeings around the world. Peter the guide was great, very knowledgeable and really went the extra mile to make our day perfect. There are so many activities included and not typical tourist places, we really saw it from the local point of view. The highlight was the elephant ride for sure. I really recommend this tour and Peter as a guide.

Aydah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Just couldn and #39;t have been a better day, guide was amazing, the local farmers for the Ox car and lunch were so sweet, just a beautiful and perfect day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Got a lot more out of it then expected, guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! There is so much more included than what is written.. We have done many tours and this is by far the best we have done, very well planned and thought out. This is a MUST DO tour!

Rebecca D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Elephant ride was the best! Lots of fun, but will be in a van most of the day. The lunch was excellent and the ox ride is a lot of fun!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip! We did so much that day and everything was fantastic! Highlight was the elephants! We came back to the hotel exhausted but very happy. It was practically a private tour. Just one other person joined my sister and I so we had a private guide/driver in a SUV. Sorry I can't remember his name but we were well taken care of. Best Thai lunch ever!

Lee W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great trip and I highly recommend it . Our guide Peter was very knowledgeable and informative of the surrounding culture. I would recommend him to anyone

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!.

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