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A great day, but a long one. You'll spend a lot of time in a van and traffic, but the sights and experiences make up for it. Recommended.
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.
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.
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
Great tour! Guide Yui was nice and not drowning you with loads of info. Elephants were the best part!
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!
Would highly recommend. Experience of a lifetime. Best day in Thailand!
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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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.
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.
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.
Excellent. I learned a lot from Peter about the Thai culture and history. That alone was worth the tour!
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!!
Prompt, efficient pick up from hotel, excellent tour guide
despite the language barrier, and comfortable bus ride to the park
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
I really enjoyed the trip , Peter was our guide and he was good fun , would recommend this trip I give it a 5 rating
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.
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!!