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From Bangkok: Pattaya Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Trip

1. From Bangkok: Pattaya Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Trip

Spend the day in the company of Thailand's native gentle giants on a day trip from Bangkok to an ethical elephant sanctuary in Pattaya. Get the chance to feed, bathe, and walk the elephants. Lunch, hotel pickup and drop-off, and fruit are included. Be picked up from your accommodation in Bangkok by an air-conditioned vehicle. Journey approximately 2 hours through scenic agricultural areas, hills, and beach, before arriving at the Sanctuary in Pattaya.  There, meet your English-speaking guide and learn some insights about the elephants you are about to meet. After gathering up some bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants, walk with your guide through the sanctuary, discovering free-roaming elephants in safe, sustainable and ethical environments, and hear their individual stories.  Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin.  Next, walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos of them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friends and change into some dry clothes.  Finally, enjoy eating some snacks and seasonal fresh fruits. After you're done at the Sanctuary, drive back to your hotel in Bangkok to enjoy the rest of your stay.

Day Trip to Pattaya City & Koh Larn Island Tour From Bangkok

2. Day Trip to Pattaya City & Koh Larn Island Tour From Bangkok

Depart from River City Bangkok city in the early morning and journey about 2.5 hours to Pattaya City, which is situated 150 km Southeast of Bangkok. Once arrived Pattaya city, you will take a boat ride for 40 minutes directly to Naban beach on Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island. Then, take local transport to Tawan beach, you can choose from a variety of activities depending on your interests for the day. Go snorkeling, or relax and sunbathe on the beach. If you'd like a faster pace, try some water activities like jet skiing, banana boat riding, sea walking, or parasailing. Then, enjoy lunch on the beach with a gorgeous view. Journey back to the mainland, arriving back in Bangkok in the early evening.

Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Tour

3. 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.

From Pattaya/Bangkok: Island Day Trip with Beach Activities

4. From Pattaya/Bangkok: Island Day Trip with Beach Activities

Take a break from Bangkok or Pattaya with a beach day trip to Coral Island or Koh Larn. Go parasailing, kayaking, banana boating, and more all against the stunning backdrop of Thai islands. See coral and fish as you snorkel in crystal-clear waters. Choose to include a jet ski ride in your tour. After hotel pickup, travel to the pier for the first activity of the day: parasailing. Enjoy the panoramic view of Pattaya Bay as you fly through the sky. Then, take a walk along the seaside and admire the coral reef before traveling to Coral Island, marvel at the beautiful views of the island. Fuel up on energy for your afternoon of activities with lunch. Then, enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride on a banana boat and calmly paddle across the sea in a kayak, admiring marine life through the transparent kayak. If you have chosen to include jet skiing in your day, zoom across the sea. Relax on the beach for a while before heading Sak, Island where there are magnificent coral reefs and fishes to discover. Put on the provided snorkeling gear and dive into the water to see what you can find. At around 3:30 PM, head back to the van to be returned to your hotel.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

5. 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.

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

6. 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 Eco Valley Lodge. 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 by a small group (max 10 people). After today's tour a transfer to your hotel. DAY 2: Get up at 7 AM, enjoy breakfast, then pick up for the tour will be at 8 AM. The 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, monkeys, 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 the second-highest mountain in the park and relax from 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. The expected return time in Bangkok is 10:30 PM.

Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Lopburi Monkey Temple Private Day Trip

7. Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Lopburi Monkey Temple Private Day Trip

Witness the glory of the ancient capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, on a private guided tour. Discover the temple and palace ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Lopburi Monkey Temple. Meet your guide your hotel lobby at 9 AM. Depart for Ayuthaya, which is about 1 hour from Bangkok. First, visit Wat Phu Khao Thong, or the Monastery of the Golden Mount, which is located just outside Ayuthaya. Then, proceed to the ancient palace and Wat Phra Si Sanphet. Make a stop at Viharn Phra Mongkol Bopit, one of the largest bronze Buddhas in Thailand. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive another hour to the province of Lopburi, one of the oldest cities in the country. Discover how this city was historically within the large Khmer empire and was briefly the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. The biggest tourist draw in Lopburi is Phra Prang Sam Yod - also known as the Monkey Temple. See mischievous macaques that live in the temple grounds and surrounding streets, happy to relieve people strolling by of snacks, drinks, sunglasses, and other items. After saying goodbye to the monkeys, return to your hotel in Bangkok.

From Bangkok: Pattaya Beach & Coral Island Small Group Tour

8. From Bangkok: Pattaya Beach & Coral Island Small Group Tour

Choose between heading straight to the meeting point or being picked up from your accommodation in central Bangkok. Sit back and enjoy the air-conditioned ride as you’re taken on a full-day trip to Ko Lan (Coral Island), a dreamy island just off the coast of Pattaya. Spend 4 leisurely hours on the island of Koh Lan. Swim and snorkel in the warm, clear waters, try some beach sports, or simply relax on the white sands. Once you’ve soaked up the sun, you’ll head back to Pattaya Pier. Explore Pattaya Viewpoint and take in panoramic views of the area. Visit the incredible Sanctuary of Truth temple. Although still under construction, it’s a striking piece of architecture with detailed woodworking. Take one last glimpse of the sea before being transferred back to Bangkok.

Khao Yai Vineyard Tasting Tour & Horse Farm Visit

9. Khao Yai Vineyard Tasting Tour & Horse Farm Visit

Take advantage of the day with an early morning pick-up at 6:30 AM from central hotels in Bangkok and depart for PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, one of the finest wineries in Thailand, located at the edge of the Khao Yai National Park. Benefit from the tram that will take you on a comfortable tour around the vast property of around 1000 acres of vineyard and plantation. Learn about wine production and try some of the more famous wines. A highlight of the winery will naturally be the unique wine tasting tour, where four different wines will be served. Discover the wine production center, do some wine tasting and visit the little museum displaying the history of PB Valley. The tour will also include time for a walk through the fruit orchards and flower gardens before you continue to the local restaurant to be served authentic Thai dishes with bottled water with lunch. Afterward, proceed to the horse farm, located close by in the Pak Chong district. Experience life amidst nature and enjoy the farm’s activities in the afternoon, perfect for children from 2 to 12 years of age. Collect eggs from the coop of over 400 free-range hens and put them into a basket, or feed the farm animals and learn how to ride and groom horses/ponies. Horse riding for beginners is a fun and exciting experience. Please wear full-length jeans covering your ankles and sneakers. Helmets will be provided. Once you have completed your horse ride, the transfer to central Bangkok hotels will bring you back, arriving at around 6:30 PM.

From Bangkok: ElephantsWorld Kanchanaburi 2-Day Experience

10. 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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based on 177 reviews

What an incredible experience! We started off by washing watermelon and bananas for the elephants, loading them into the Ute and hand feeding the elephants. We then went and chopped down some grass/banana trees for the elephants to feed on, helped give them a mud bath and finished in the water with them giving them a scrub down. Lastly, we helped mush up and hand feed an old 79 year old elephant who was unable to eat as she had no teeth. We finished the morning off with a buffet lunch. The care and dedication the staff show to these animals is evident, and all staff were extremely knowledgeable and funny. I would highly recommend this place if you're looking for a conservationist way to interact and support the elephants.

Jill was the very best tour guide on this unique adventure. Our first stop was the monkey temple, which was unlike anything I have seen before. Jill really took great care to provide both the historical and current information to make it interesting. Our second stop was the ancient city and its temples. The many cultural connections and details really set this trip apart from others. Jill, we appreciate you and your knowledge. Thank you for making this so memorable!

Wow, really great experience with the elephants :) are kept 100% animal-friendly in a mega environment. Recommended

Had great time, even re booked for free after I missed the first pick up would highly recommend

Loved every minute of my trip . Well worth going to.