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Kanchanaburi Safaris & wildlife activities

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Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

1. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

This full-day tour begins when you meet with the group and drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

2. 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.

Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

3. 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: ElephantsWorld Kanchanaburi 2-Day Experience

4. From Bangkok: ElephantsWorld Kanchanaburi 2-Day Experience

The experience begins with pickup from your hotel in Bangkok at 6:30 AM and heads to ElephantsWorld in Kanchanaburi. Upon arrival, meet the friendly elephants and observe them bathing, then prepare their food and feed them. Once you’ve worked up an appetite of your own, enjoy lunch and some time to relax. After lunch, gather and plant new food for the elephants, including banana trees and sugarcane. In the afternoon prepare some tasty fruit baskets, then feed them the sticky rice balls you made in the morning. Later, take the elephants down to the river for a bath and scrub them clean before offering up more tasty snacks. The day’s itinerary ends at around 3:30 PM, followed by a traditional dinner. Spend the night in a Thai style cottage beside the river and admire the view from your terrace. Wake up to a tasty breakfast on day two then decide what activities you’d like to participate in. Take a walk with the elephants through the jungle, follow a local mahout up to the top of a nearby mountain, or go for a relaxing float along the River Kwai. Enjoy lunch after your morning activities, then check-out and say goodbye to your newfound elephant friends. At the end of an unforgettable adventure be dropped off back to Bangkok.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Kanchanaburi

Beautiful experience!! Like other comments, the tour lasted just over 12 hours, especially due to traffic! I returned to the hostel around 7:00 p.m. and they picked me up at 6:00 p.m.! It's almost like a private tour! The friendliest driver! I chose this tour because I liked the elephant sanctuary better than the other option where you only go to the sanctuary! And I think it was the best choice, in the sanctuary I met another group of people and all together we enjoyed a wonderful day with elephants where you have all the time in the world to interact with them, the super cheerful and willing keepers accompany you to meet to all the elephants as they tell you about their lives! We fed them, gave them mud massages and then bathed them and we walked back for lunch together with the elephants! Recommended experience ♥️

Excellent experiences both on the elephant side and on the Erwan waterfalls side. Elephants are rescued from circuses or from those who used them as taxis for shift workers. Here too, we don't hide it, they are used as tourist attractions, but this is exclusively aimed at allowing them to be economically supported with food and care. They live free, "grazing" freely, even if channeled into daily tourist activities. The Erwan waterfalls are beautiful, I recommend reaching maximum waterfall number 4 and using the little time available, about two hours, for a swim in the river. Remember to take the life jacket to be able to swim (you can only find them up to waterfall number 2). The route is not demanding, facilitated by roads and walkways.

Wow, wow, wow! What an absolute joy it was going on this tour. Our tour guys, driver and then sanctuary guide were all informative, professional and so kind. We had the opportunity to feed the elephants, learn about each one, make food for the oldest one, and feed her, then help to give them a mud bath and then a wash. It was incredible. We even got to feel the baby move in the pregnant elephant. She is due in a few months. We also saw the bridge and cemetery- another moving experience. Honestly, we had a great time and would recommend this tour without a doubt.

All depends on ones expectations and readiness to interact. This place is really authentic and simple, the real deal. The people working there are very honest and sincere of what they do, how they can help and what are the challenges. They also have very good relations with the elephants and they know each of their characters well. Our whole family enjoyed the experience thoroughly, despite the long journey from Bangkok and back.

Wonderful and helpful guide who transported us to and from Kanchanaburi. We then had a brilliant time at the elephant sanctuary. This trip was really worth it as we got to learn about elephants and spend lots of time with them, while still getting to explore kanchanaburi and it’s history.