Khao Yai National Park and Elephant Ride Day Trip from Bangkok
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 10 hours
Explore the protected green landscapes of Khao Yai National Park on a full-day guided excursion from Bangkok. Sample exotic fruits, take a ride on a traditional ox cart through rice fields, and search for tigers, black bears and leopards in Khao Yai National Park. End your day trip with an elephant ride through the jungle – a great city escape for those looking to get back to nature during their stay in Bangkok!
Khao Yai National Park, located approximately 108 miles (175 km) northeast of Bangkok, has five vegetation zones and one of the few remaining monsoon forests in Asia. Home to more than 153 different species of animals and birds, including 200-300 wild elephants as well as endangered Asiatic black bears, tigers, leopards and barking deer – to name a few – it is no wonder Khao Yai is Thailand’s most visited park. While sightings can never be guaranteed, it is great to see the park knowing that wildlife is out there!
On the way to Khao Yai National Park, stop at a local fruit market where you can taste and buy exotic seasonal fruits like mango, rambutan and even the stinky but tasty durian. Then, board a traditional cart pulled by oxen and enjoy a ride among rice fields before continuing on to a local farm. Here, watch lunch being prepared at a beautiful Thai-style wooden home where you are welcome to help out and learn to cook delicious Thai food before enjoying your meal.
Continue by vehicle to Khao Yai National Park and then follow your guide on foot over a paved trail, strolling through jungle walkways and over a bridge to the impressive three-tiered Haew Narok Waterfall. Afterward, enjoy great photo opportunities inside the park, followed by the highlight of your day – an elephant trek. Start your 45-minute ride seated on the elephant’s back; then, if you’d like, you’ll have the opportunity to ride on the elephant’s neck while the mahout (elephant driver) climbs down to take a few pictures – a once-in-a-lifetime experience to treasure long after your tour ends in Bangkok!