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This trip is absolutely worth it. Our tour was private, so it was just the two of us being driven around in a well-air conditioned car. The waterfalls are stunning. You can choose to go and see all 7 of them (walking up hill in high humidity can be quite a challenge to see the last few ones, and the path can be quite slipper - wear good water shoes), but don't worry if you don't fancy that - the first few waterfalls are all equally beautiful and not very challenging at all to get to. The water is nice and cool, a welcome refreshment from the heat/humidity with lots of fish swimming about. Some waterfalls you can slide down to the lake below. There are toilets around to get changed, some minor souvenir shops. Kwai Bridge, Buddha cave and railway ride also great. Our lunch was traditional Thai food (soup, sweet and sour chicken and some fruit). Last but not least he guide and the driver were great - well-informed and polite. Highest quality experience.
Absolutely loved every minute of our day. The car was very comfortable and the guide knowledgable and informative. We enjoyed our visit to the Bridge over the River Kwai and the WW2 cemetery but the highlight of the day was Elephants World. The elephants are so well cared for and in no way exploited for the benefit of tourism. There is s strict no ride policy and we were able to interact with them by participating in their daily routine from preparing food to feeding and then enjoying a mud bath and bathe in the river with them. It was one of the best experiences ever and I will never forget the wonderful hands on moments, from feeding and cuddling the baby and being jostled by her, popping a rice ball in the mouth of a 70 year old and massaging others all over with mud and then washing them down in the river. Wonderful gentle giants and so lovely to witness the mutual love between the elephants and their careers.
It was important for us to choose a tour where the animals were treated fairly and weren’t being exploited. After siphoning through a dozen options we chose Elephant World for the fact that it was a sanctuary for old, abused and rescued elephants. The staff there are so enthusiastic and passionate. Right off the bat we had an amazing buffet lunch. Local dishes with western twists and all fresh. Every leg of the journey provided great photo opportunities. First stop we got to feed a baby calf and her mama. Then we wandered down and had fed a ten year old calf. After that it was time for a mud bath where everyone got dirty! The highlight was washing the elephants off in the river. We left this sanctuary with full hearts! Highly recommend!
Half of the time of this tour you spend in the van going to and from the actual tour locations. The guide made sure to provide rest breaks, lots of information, suggestions, etc. The train ride is nice. Negative: constant upselling,....pay extra for this and that...the linch buffet was very disappointing. Only coffee and tea included as beverages,....had to pay for water! Water!
Great day, combining 2 great activities was excellent. Visiting the Kwai cemetery and bridge was very special and thought provoking. Then going and spending 3 hours at elephant sanctuary was brilliant. They are so well looked after and they had 2 baby elephants who were so playful and friendly. Just a great experience.