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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. 

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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

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.

Christopher K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My whole family really loved this tour. The elephants at the end were fantastic!

Eleonora M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

From booking the tour to the end of the tour - it was an excellent experience. No problems booking. My hotel was not on the list for pick-up, however, they made the effort contacting me and confirming that someone will come and pick me up in the morning. The driver which later turned out to be the tour guide as well was there on time. We travelled in a small minivan out of Bangkok. The tour guide I do apologise, I'm terrible remembering names... informed us what we would be doing and later talked about Thai history. On the way to the national park we stopped to see and taste how to make coconut sugar and oil. We stopped also at a local market, picking local fruit for after lunch. Stopped at a farm for ox-ride and lunch. Our chef was the tour guide - well done. The food was local, very tasty. Then it was time to walk down to the waterfalls. Once we reached the bottom of the stairs we know why the tour guide decided not to join us. The stairs were as steep as and those 200 steps were definitely not for pregnant women, people with heart condition or those who are afraid of heights!!! But it was worth the walk down. The waterfalls were magnificent and apparently the full beauty comes out after the rainy season!. From here it was time for the elephant ride. Loved it!!! The handlers will take photos of you while you're in the charge of the elephant. And after the ride, we could also fed the elephants. They are definitely gentle giants and so, so beautiful animals!!! On the way home we were lucky to see monkeys as well! All in all - a highly recommended tour. Oh, and one more thing. Not sure it happens on with tour groups, but we were given the option to be dropped off either at the meeting point, a shopping centre or Skytrain station. I opted for latter, as by the time we have reached Bankok, it was peak hour. It took me 20 minutes to get to my hotel, which by car would have been at least an hour!.

Hesther

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great day trip from Bangkok. Started out with a walk through a traditional Thai market, then an ox cart ride through green fields, tried our hands at cooking Thai food, a hike through the jungle, and finally a ride on the gentle giants a.k.a. elephants. Even though there were not much water at the waterfall, it was quite an experience hiking up and down through the jungle. This was truly a trip immersed with the countryside of Thailand.

Melanie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was amazing! A lot more expected than what my family and I expected! The tour guide was very friendly and great! This tour gave us a break from traveling Thailand on our own for a day. Even the local Thai people we met along the tour were very accommodating! Very recommended!

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