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Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

1. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

This full-day private tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a 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.

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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.

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

3. 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.

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From Bangkok: Wildlife Rescue and Elephant Rescue Tour

4. From Bangkok: Wildlife Rescue and Elephant Rescue Tour

Meet your driver at your hotel lobby in Bangkok at 6.30 AM. The transfer to the rescue center will take about 3 hours. Once you arrive, meet and greet with your guide for the day. Your guide will give you an informed guided tour around all areas of the center. You’ll see some of the rescued animals, hear their stories and learn why they are living at the center. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for you. Enjoy a traditional Thai buffet looking over our large multi species enclosure with elephants, gibbons, and other animals. We will serve both vegan, vegetarian, and meat options at lunch. After lunch, meet and feed one of the elephants. See how the volunteers at the elephant refuge go about their daily tasks. Learn about the elephant’s individual stories and about their personalities. Learn about the conservation issues that elephants face, and how they are exploited by tourist attractions, forced to carry lots of people and perform tricks – you will see none of this at the elephant refuge, where the elephant’s natural behaviour is of paramount importance. Drive around the whole site and get to see the bears and monkeys enjoying their meal before the tour ends at approximately 3.30 PM. Meet your driver once again at the entrance and transfer back to Bangkok. Estimated return time at your hotel is 6.30 PM.

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Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

5. Colors of Ayutthaya: UNESCO Heritage 6 hour Bicycle Tour

Meet your guide at the meeting point, a short walk from Ayutthaya train station. Then enjoy a bike fitting before the start of your tour. Tours run daily from 10:00 and follow the road in a northern direction. Ride through idyllic villages and alongside rice paddies. Visit a local elementary school (if open) to interact with the children. Continue the ride and pass Phaniat Royal Elephant Kraal. During Ayutthaya’s heyday this structure was used to entrap wild elephants herded down from the north. The elephant round-ups in the Elephant Kraal were traditionally presided over by Ayutthaya kings who would choose the best and strongest elephants that would be trained for war and labor. The closer you get to the old capital the more temple ruins you will see. At around 12:30, stop for a Thai lunch at a riverside restaurant. Then enter the old capital to visit Wat Mahathat and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet. Learn the history of Ayutthaya and its temples and kings. Next take a short ride to a local market to see typical local baked and fried delicacies. Continue to the huge reclining Buddha statue at Luang Phor Lokayasuttha. Marvel at the largest Buddha statue in Ayutthaya. Then pedal on to the beautiful temple of Wat Chai Wattanaram on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River. This remarkable temple was constructed in 1630 by King Prasat Thong as a memorial of his mother's residence in the area. Continue along the west bank of the Chao Phraya River until your reach the pier. Cross the river to return to the city and reach the end of the tour.

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Bangkok at Sunset 5-Hour Bike Tour

6. Bangkok at Sunset 5-Hour Bike Tour

Discover Bangkok after dark on a 5-hour evening bike ride of the city’s Thonburi district. Meet your guide at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel at 17:30. Then, pedal off to experience the “City of Angels” at night. Cross the Chao Phraya River (“River of Kings”) to Thonburi, one of Bangkok’s oldest settled areas. Walk through Klongsan Market, where young Thai’s shop for inexpensive fashion. Cycle to a Chinese pagoda on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Admire its delicate, etched windows of birds and other animals. Continue through a quiet neighborhood to a food market. Explore its many stalls, learning about typical ingredients and dishes, and how they are prepared. Enjoy a starter snack before you cycle along the riverside to Wat Arun (“Temple of Dawn”). Enjoy its magical illuminations against the night sky. Next, stop for dinner at a typical Thai restaurant. Climb back on your bike to cycle past Wat Rakhang Khositaram. Then, take the ferry back to Bangkok city center. Ride through the vast public square of Sanam Luang, and see the Grand Palace. Continue to Wat Pho (“Temple of the Reclining Buddha”) to take a stroll around the temple compound in the quiet of the evening. End at the 24-hour flower market of Pak Klong Talad to see a kaleidoscope of bright colors as vendors take delivery of fresh flowers from every corner of Thailand.

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From Bangkok: ElephantsWorld Kanchanaburi 2-Day Experience

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Bangkok

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 177 reviews

One of my greatest experiences ever! To travel half way around the world and be able to bond with a beautiful elephant extended family herd-- lovingly cared for by this sanctuary and be part of giving elephants love and care was remarkable and an eye opener to these magnificent, human like creatures. Anyone who can get there- should! And the program, transportation, people were superb. Enlightenment and unusually wonderful vibe. Literally, the best. Thank you. I posted over 100 photos and videos

Pickup was very smooth and our driver was incredibly nice. He brought cold waters in a cooler and got us snacks along the way. The elephant sanctuary was amazing. The elephants seem very well taken care of and it was an unforgettable experience. Definitely short and sweet, but you get to do all of the good stuff. The WWII bridge and cemetery were a nice treat too with lots of shopping and a museum nearby. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, well worth the price.

On a solo adventure, but was treated like royalty. The journey was long, but the driver was very engaging. The staff was great (can't remember the names...sorry) but they made sure I didn't act too shy, and pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I trusted these large playfully animals. Worth it for this lifetime experience. Food was delicious and the care for these creatures is amazing.

great all day tour, timing with driver was perfect and the tour was well timed and planed (eg feeding elephants just as we pulled up in safari tram). there were three families and three solo travellers, so its really for anyone

Was the best experience in Bangkok, the guides were friendly and funny! They give us great insiders!