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Khao Sok: Private Elephant Day Care and Bamboo Rafting

Activity provider: LOVE KHAOLAK HOLIDAY
Water activity

Khao Sok: Private Elephant Day Care and Bamboo Rafting

Activity provider: LOVE KHAOLAK HOLIDAY

From US$ 96.66 per person

Explore the world-class, untouched tropical rainforest of Khao Sok National Park on a private tour. Interact closely with the gentle elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Enjoy a tranquil bamboo raft ride on the Sok River and discover the local wildlife.

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Duration 7 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Please show your mobile confirmation when approached by your guide. Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Marvel at the stunning landscapes of the ancient jungle in Khao Sok National Park on a private tour
  • Take in panoramic views of Khao Sok National Park at Khao Sok Viewpoint
  • Interact with the elephants at a sanctuary while also learning about their rescue stories
  • Make medicinal supplements for the gentle giants as well as bathe them in a river
  • Hop on a bamboo raft and explore Sok River on a centuries-old method of transportation
Full description

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Phuket, Khao Lak, or Khao Sok. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop, the Khao Sok Viewpoint. Once there, delight in a unique photo opportunity with panoramic views over the national park, the home of 51 species of mammals, 300 different birds, and wild orchids.  Next, visit an elephant sanctuary and meet the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Learn how to make a medicinal meal for the elephants from the loving elephant carer (mahout), then bathe the elephants in a fun mud spa. Lastly, feed them from your own hands while taking some exciting new photos for your Instagram. From here, head to a local restaurant to savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Then, set off on your next adventure along the peaceful and lush Sok River with bamboo raft paddlers. Admire stunning views of dramatic towering mountains, and maybe catch a glimpse of the various birds, reptiles, wild orchids, and monkeys that call the area home. Take a well-deserved break on the river banks and enjoy fresh coffee made from bamboo. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van and make your last quick stop at Mea Yai waterfall before transferring back to your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Phuket, Khao Lak, or Khao Sok area (depending on option selected)
  • Thai set lunch
  • Refreshments (water and cola)
  • Elephant sanctuary experience
  • Bamboo raft experience
  • Fresh coffee made from bamboo
  • Cooking class lesson for one dish
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour will take place rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 40 reviews

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The best tour we have ever been on! Maew & Mang we’re so lovely and accomodating, we had the best day, definitely worth doing the private tour and the time spent at each experience was well worth the money, we even stopped at a market on the way back to the hotel to try some snacks. 100% highly recommend

March 3, 2023

We were picked up on time from our resort with our guide Jum who was ready and waiting. Activities included going to a local outdoor fresh meat and produce market. We couldn’t believe the size of it! From there to the bamboo river rafting. It was so peaceful and the views were breathtaking as a local navigated us calmly down the river with a bamboo pole. He even pointed out a snake that was way up in a tree, how he spotted it was amazing. Along the way we made stops to enjoy some bamboo coffee and even participated in making some authentic Thai soup. The most memorable was giving the elephants a mud bath and washing them off in a shallow river nearby. Being able to get up close and personal with this magnificent creature’s is an experience we will never forget, definitely a must do! We must also note that we were never rushed or hurried during any part of our tour. I had mentioned if there was hiking in the area and she arranged a personal tour the next day for us at the last minute!

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February 17, 2023

Top day with a great interaction with the elephants. Very friendly guide who takes beautiful souvenir photos Very exotic day with the raft ride. Good Thai meal. Only downsides, we did not have the French-speaking guide so we did not take advantage of the guide's explanations. You should also know that the road time from phuket is very long (3 hours the trip from the south of phuket)

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December 23, 2022

Product ID: 304238