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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 October 2016

fantastic! be prepared for rain and lots of stairs on waterfall tour. elephant ride was a blast my hubby got to ride on her neck while my friend and i rode in the chair.

Gilbert V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great opportunity to get out of the city and have a real adventure.

Sam W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Another enjoyable trip, seeing a completely different part of Bagkok/Thailand. The people are so friendly, going to the Live market where they sell all manner of creepy crawlers, Frogs etc was an eye opener, just a different way of life.Atleast you know its fresh if its still wriggling!!!

The elephants were amazing,they are so big when you get on top sitting on those funny wooden seats.My son and I even sat on its neck,splashing though a stream!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful time to spend. Tour guide was very nice and friendly. Highly recommended tour.

Steven M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A good variety of things to do - although long 12 hour day. The highlight is the elephant ride which includes wading along the river on the back of one. One of the best things we have ever done

Chung-sil K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was the best ever!

Janis J G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome! It was a very long day, but very eventful! I enjoyed every minute of it! This is a great tour not to be missed! The elephant ride was the highlight! Also the Thai Lunch buffet was great too!

Micah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Peter is amazing. Real friendly and a great tour guide. Couldn't have asked for more!

Ray C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was great. I had a wonderful time, and it is well worth it!

Sommer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A lot of time spent in the van but would do it again. Guide and driver were very nice. Wish we had more time at the waterfall.

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