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Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

1. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

You’ll start your adventure with an early pickup before heading to the elephant sanctuary. ElephantsWorld is a conservation organization dedicated to helping these intelligent and proud creatures. Once there, you’ll listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing food for the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck in to a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, you’ll trek through the lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. This famous seven-tiered beauty with its emerald pools is a great place to take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

Bangkok: Khao Yai National Park Full-Day Tour

2. Bangkok: Khao Yai National Park Full-Day Tour

Start your adventure with an early pickup before beginning the 3-hour journey north-east. You’ll have a quick stop at the famous The Birder’s Lodge to grab some coffee before arriving at Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai Naitional Park is one of the largest national parks in Thailand and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll head down one of the many nature trails, admiring the local flora and fauna. As one of the oldest national parks in the country, you’ll find all kinds of animals living in the area, from mammals and reptiles to birds and insects. If you’re really lucky, you may just spot a herd of wild elephants nearby. After lunch, you’ll trek to Haew Suwat Waterfall and Haew Narok Waterfall, two of the park’s most picturesque bodies of water. Marvel at the majestic cascades, snap photos of the lush scenery, and take a quick respite before making your way back to Bangkok.

Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking Day Trip From Bangkok

3. Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking Day Trip From Bangkok

After hotel pick-up in the early hours, head to the first stop on the trek at the Kilometer 30 viewing point at Thanarat Road. Capture the scenery of the Northern part of Khao Yai National Park, great for photo opportunities. Trek onward to Kilometer 33, known as Nong Park Chi to the locals. Walk for around 2 hours, passing an observation tower and many different species of wildlife. There is a salt lick close to the tower to attract wildlife, along with a lake, open grassland and forest. Savor a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to the Khao Yai National Park Visitor Center in the park headquarters, a useful starting point for visitors with information and interpretive facilities to enhance your appreciation of the park. See exhibits on the natural environment and wildlife of Khao Yai, and get information about day hiking trails. Finally, stop at the splendid Haew Suwat Waterfall, with plenty of shady tree spots to sit under and many large rocks to lie down on and relax. This stunning waterfall was made famous in The Beach, but is unfortunately off limits to swim in. After your full day trekking in the forest, transfer back to Bangkok at approximately 6:00 PM.

Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

4. Kanchanaburi: Erawan Waterfall & Train Full-Day Tour

You’ll start bright and early and head to Srinakarin Lake, built as a result of the Srinakarin Dam on the Kwai Yai River. The peaceful lake offers fantastic views of the reservoir and the surrounding mountains and forests. Admire the lakeside views and get your photos in before heading to your next destination.  Erawan National Park is named after the three-headed white elephant in Hindu mythology. The park is most famous for housing the Erawan Waterfall, a cascade that tumbles down seven tiers – said to resemble the god Erawan. Take a quick dip in the emerald green pools, scout the nearby caves, and take in the lush surrounding forest of the park before digging in to a tasty lunch at a local restaurant. Up next is the infamous Siam-Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway. Ccatch a train and chug past stunning views of the Tham Krasae Bridge and River Kwai. You’ll end the day with a stop at the Bridge On The River Kwai, where you’ll learn about its cultural and historical significance while admiring fantastic views.

Explore Bangkok jungle by bike, kayak & boat - small group

5. Explore Bangkok jungle by bike, kayak & boat - small group

Meet and greet your guide at a local temple at about 2:00 PM before you transfer to Bangkok Krachoa by local ferry. Chose the cruiser bike that best suits you, and start biking around nature paths on Bangkachoa island which is known as the lung of Bangkok. Bike to different parts of river island on a 7-10 kilometer trail and see communities, local farms, palm jungles, schools, villages, and temples. Kayak along private houses and get stunning views of the jungle and Klong Toey Port. During the weekend, stop at the floating market to get some snacks and do some local shopping. Watch birds at the observation hall in Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan park. Take a local longtail boat for a short ride. Discover how locals connect between the villages and the Bangkok metropolitan area. Return the cruiser bike and say goodbye to the local shop owner with a fresh coconut refreshment.

Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

6. Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

Take a relaxing break in the peaceful and natural surroundings of Elephants World. Visit the Erawan National Park and swim in the clear pools. Start your adventure by heading to the elephant sanctuary. Elephants World is an environmental conservation organization and animal rescue facility dedicated to helping ill, old and abused elephants. Listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing to feed the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck into a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, trek through lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. Enjoy the impressive 7-tiered waterfall and emerald pools. Take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the abundance of native flora and fauna around you.

From Bangkok: Khao Yai Hiking Day Tour

7. From Bangkok: Khao Yai Hiking Day Tour

Take a day trip from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a hike to Heaw Narok Waterfall for breathtaking views. Explore the splendid Haew Suwat Waterfall with its shady spots filled with trees to sit under and large rocks to lie down and relax on. This stunning waterfall was made famous in the film 'The Beach'. Enjoy a Thai lunch menu with seasonal fruits and bottled water at a local restaurant. Then, visit the Khao Yai National Park Visitor Centre in the park headquarters and enhance your appreciation of the park. Your final stop is at the KM. 30 view point on Thanarat Road. After a fun trekking adventure, return to Bangkok at approximately 6:30 PM. 

Khao Yai National Park: 2-Day Private Tour from Bangkok

8. Khao Yai National Park: 2-Day Private Tour from Bangkok

DAY 1: Around 9:00 AM on day 1 your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Bangkok and take you to Khao Yai National Park. The first stop that you're heading to is Khao Yai Nature Life, the transfer takes about 3 hours. Once there, it's time to meet and greet your guide, then continue for the afternoon tour. You will be visiting a Buddhist cave temple, see million wrinkle-lipped bats flying and forming a snake-like stream in the sky and visit a viewpoint overlooking the National Park. This tour will be joined with a small group (max 10 people). After today's tour a transfer to your hotel. DAY 2: Get up at 7:00 AM, enjoy breakfast, then pickup for the tour will be at 8:00 AM. First stop in Khao Yai National park is a stop at the Viewpoint to stretch your legs. You will be joining a guide in a small group party. Then, the guide will take you hiking through the dry evergreen forest where gibbons, monkey and hornbills are often seen. After that you will drive up to Haew Suwat waterfall, followed by lunch near the waterfalls and swimming in a natural pool. In the afternoon, you will see to the second highest mountain of the park and relax on a superb viewpoint. Your most favorite part of the day could be the evening when you are going to be checking out the wild elephants that might come to the salt licks. This join tour finishes at 7:30 PM in Khao Yai. Your private driver will take you back to Bangkok. Expected return time in Bangkok is 10:30 PM.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

9. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

After pickup at your accommodation or greeting the guide at the meeting point, you’ll begin your journey to ElephantsWorld. Situated just outside Kanchanaburi, the environmental conservation organization provides the best care possible to the 30+ elephants in their elephant sanctuary, making sure that they work for the elephants and not the other way around. Once you arrive, you’ll have an introduction and safety briefing before tucking into a buffet lunch. After you’ve filled up on some tasty Thai dishes, you’ll prepare food for the elephants to eat before meeting them and giving taking a mud bath together. You’ll then lead them to the river to rinse off the mud before showering and feeding time. After saying goodbye to your newfound friends, you’ll head to the River Kwai, where you’ll hop on a paddle board and cruise through the water while waiting for the sun to set over the horizon.

Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP at River Kwai

10. Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP at River Kwai

After pickup at your accommodation, you’ll begin your journey to Elephants World. Situated just outside Kanchanaburi, the environmental conservation organization provides the best care possible to the 30+ elephants in their elephant sanctuary, making sure that they work for the elephants and not the other way around. Once you arrive, you’ll have an introduction and safety briefing before tucking into a buffet lunch. After you’ve filled up on some tasty Thai dishes, you’ll prepare food for the elephants to eat before meeting them and giving taking a mud bath together. You’ll then lead them to the river to rinse off the mud before showering and feeding time. After saying goodbye to your newfound friends, you’ll head to the River Kwai, where you’ll hop on a paddle board and cruise through the water while waiting for the sun to set over the horizon.

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What people are saying about Central Thailand

Great experience. The sanctuary is just beautiful and all the staff takes good care of the elephants and the other rescued animals. The activity is funny and special, especially the bathing with the elephants part. The Erwan National Park and the waterfalls were a nice spot, I wish we had more time to enjoy it. Thanks a lot to our driver Tong. He has been very professional, kind and chatty, giving us a real taste of Thai hospitality.

It was a great day for the visit. It wasn't too hot so we got to do the tour without any difficulties. Nancy, the guide was cheerful with a great sense of humor whether it was when we saw the few models elephants, the talks during the walk in the forest to remind us the beauty of what it has to give us and in the car. I highly recommend her if you're looking to share a memorable experience!

Tar was an amazing guide! The trek was enjoyable and the waterfalls were quite fun and adventurous to venture. Even though there weren’t many animals (due to various reasons), Tar did her best to make the trek informative and entertaining. We had a really good day with her!

The trip to the elephant sanctuary is just a must-have experience if you love elephant. The elephants here are calm and used to human interaction, friendly and super lovable. The driver for the private trip is patient and professional.

Waterfalls are great fun to view and swim in. Train journey is not spectacular. Tour was well organised.