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Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

1. Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

Depart Khao Lak and enjoy a day tour of river rafting, elephant interaction, and rainforest exploration. Visit an ethical elephant conservation center, sail along a quiet river through the rainforest, and hear about sea turtle conservation. After pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, relax on the comfortable ride to the elephant camp. Spend some time with bathing and feeding these gentle giants in a relaxed and respectful environment. Continue the tour with a visit to Sai Rung Waterfall. Enjoy some refreshments as you watch the water plunge 20 meters from a ledge into a lagoon encircled by jungle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the area around the falls also hosts an abundance of local wildlife. Hop on a bamboo raft with a local boatman and float along the river for a calm and tranquil ride through the rainforest. Head to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center to learn about projects aimed helping these endangered creatures. Finally, return to your hotel in Khao Lak.

From Khao Lak: 2-day Cheow Lan Lake & Wildlife Tour

2. From Khao Lak: 2-day Cheow Lan Lake & Wildlife Tour

Enjoy an overnight tour to "Cheow Lan Lake," located in the "Khao Sok National Park." Visit the"Nam Rad Watershed Forest" to marvel at its unique jungle and crystal clear creek. Sleep on a beautiful floating raft house on the lake, discover the landscape and wilderness by boat. Take part in a leisurely jungle walk and explore a cave. Day 1: Enjoy the convenience of being picked up early in the morning from an address in Khao Lak. Kick back and relax in an air-conditioned van on the drive to the Khao Sok National Park. Stop to snap photos of the morning mist and lush evergreen forest from the Khao Sok Viewpoint. Arrive at the Nam Rad Watershed, a unique watershed forest where you can swim in a crystal-clear creek and soak up the greenery. Continue to Cheow Lan Lake for a boat tour to highlights like the Three-brother Pillar. Have the chance to swim from the boat. Dig into a local lunch at the raft house and check in to the charming floating bungalows with breathtaking views of the lake. In the late afternoon, board a boat and admire the stunning area in the glow of the setting sun. Look for bright birds, reptiles, and some mammals. Return to the raft house for dinner and have free time to gaze up at the stars and breathe in the fresh air. Get some rest for your next adventure-filled day. Day 2: Wake up with a cup of coffee and the view, or take a kayak out to soak up the morning scenery as the sun rises from behind the mountain peaks which loom over the jungle. Fill up with a hearty breakfast before packing up and checking out. Cruise to a jungle trail where you can admire lush views of the rainforest. Set off on an easy, guided jungle walk around the island. Be introduced to flora and fauna along the trail by your guide. Explore the cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch, with a 270-degree view of the lake. Spend some free time just simply relaxing or swimming to beat the heat. Get back on the boat and head to the pier for your transfer back to your accommodation in Khao Lak.

From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

3. From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

Embark on a Phi Phi Islands speedboat tour and leave the crowds behind. Visit the most famous spots of the beautiful Phi Phi islands, its pristine beaches, and landscapes, and jump into the clear waters for a swim and a snorkel. Start your tour very early in order to arrive at the islands before the regular tours. Stop at the island Phi Phi Leh, with its beautiful Maya Bay, which was made famous by the Hollywood movie The Beach, and the Phi Phi Leh Lagoon. Take time for a refreshing swimming break in the lagoon. After, continue to Phi Phi Don to climb up to the striking viewpoint. Enjoy the amazing views from the top of the island and get a glimpse of the town. Tuck into a delicious light breakfast followed by lunch later in the day and enjoy drinks aboard the speedboat. Have the opportunity to sightsee around the island to see the Viking Cave and visit the monkey beach. Make the most of two long snorkeling stops, and as a final stop head to Bamboo Island for a picnic lunch and extensive beach and swimming time. 

From Phuket or Khaolak: Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

4. From Phuket or Khaolak: Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided speedboat tour of the Similan Islands from Phuket or Khaolak. Explore the underwater world at Ba Ngu's coral bay, relax on the pristine shores of Miang Island, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Love Andaman private pier at Tablamu. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide.  Hop on a first-class speedboat and head for the Similan Islands. The first stop is known as Donald Duck Bay or Island No. 8. Here, you can hike to the Sail-Rock to admire the amazing scenery or spend time at the sandy beach swimming and sunbathing.  Visit the first snorkeling spot of Ba Ngu Island or Island No. 9. Explore the breathtaking coral bay, the best location to see different species of fish in the colorful underwater world. Take a break and enjoy a home-cooked Thai lunch buffet at noon. Enjoy fresh fruit as you relax on Thailand's most beautiful white sand beach.  Continue to the second snorkeling spot, where it is time to find Nemo at Payu Island or Island No. 7. Sea turtles and clownfish are often sighted here.  Take a rest at Miang Island or Island No. 4 and head to the gorgeous beaches of Honeymoon Bay and Princess Bay. Head back to the pier and be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour with Waterfall

5. Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour with Waterfall

Get up close and personal with Thailand's national animal on this tour: The elephant. Learn about elephants from expert mahouts — elephant keepers — while you bathe, scrub, feed, and play with the gentle pachyderms in a clean shallow stream. Marvel at the elephants' delicate ability to use their long and strong trunks to grab a small banana directly from your hand. Enjoy their playfulness as they toss water onto themselves, and you, as they cool off in the water. After your elephant visit, stop at the cascading Sai Rung Waterfall in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters. Then, sit back and relax as you're dropped back off at your hotel. Best of all, choose to join the morning or the afternoon tour, depending on your preferences.

Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

6. Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

This all-inclusive overnight stay takes you one step closer to the jungle. Sleep in a stylish treehouse and gain insights into the diverse nature of Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest national parks worldwide. Your tour includes meals and round-trip transportation from Khao Lak. Pack your bags and prepare for a jam-packed multi-day trip that includes canoeing and elephant bathing (no riding) in the valley of the rainforest as well as taking a longtail boat ride on the Cheow Lan Lake, visiting a cave, and jungle trekking. You’ll have the chance to get to know Khao Sok from different sides to experience its diversity to the fullest. Being at the right time at the right place, you might see blooming orchids or even the biggest flower in the world. With a bit of luck, you might see gibbon monkeys crossing your path. On your first day, explore the riverside of Khao Sok by canoe and meet some gentle elephants to play and have a bath with them. Have lunch and dinner at the Rock and Treehouse Resort and later have enough time to explore its surroundings. After an unforgettable night in one of the unique bungalows in the middle of nature, wake up for a fresh breakfast before beginning the second day, which will be spent at the barrier lake. Sightseeing by longtail boat, get the chance to easily enjoy the unique landscape. Later, join a 1-hour jungle trek with a local ranger. He’ll take you deep inside the jungle to explore untouched nature. A cave visit will also be part of the trip and, after having an authentic Thai lunch at the bamboo raft houses, you’ll have some more time to swim and relax. In the afternoon, head back to your hotel, riding again through the lush landscape of Khao Sok.

From Phuket: Similan Islands Full-Day Boat Trip

7. From Phuket: Similan Islands Full-Day Boat Trip

Enjoy a speedboat tour from Phuket around the scenic Similan Islands. Snorkel through crystal-clear waters in Donald Duck, Honeymoon, and Princess Bay. Stop for a picnic lunch by the sea and enjoy two long snorkeling breaks to explore the underwater world and its marine life. An early departure ensures you get enough time to enjoy Donald Duck Bay, hike up the short trail to the Sailing Rock, the signature of Similan Island, and take panoramic pictures from the viewpoint. Jet off to the first snorkeling site at Payu Island, the habitat of local sea turtles. Search for sea creatures during a 40-minute dive session before heading to the next stop, Bangu Island, the 7th of the 9 Similan Islands. After a 15-minute ride, arrive at Bangu and discover more of the underwater world's beauty as colorful fish swim beside you. Enjoy another 40 minutes to swim, watch the fish, and explore the coral reefs. Later, stop at another island where you can enjoy a picnic lunch near the beach at Honeymoon Bay. Take a small walk through a nature trail to the beach at Princess Bay. Relax, swim, and take memorable pictures of the sparkling waters. Later, head back to the pier and enjoy some final snacks before departing for hotel drop-off.

Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

8. Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

Get back to nature at Khao Sok National Park with this combo activity. After getting picked up from your hotel in Khao Lak, make your way to the park. Stop along the way at the Khao Sok Viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the morning mist over the rainforest. Upon arrival at the park, set off on your hike through the jungle. Follow an easy 3-kilometer trail and get acquainted with the native flora and fauna along the way from your guide. Stop at a freshwater stream to freshen up and cool down before beginning the return journey (3 kilometers). Later, sit down to a delicious traditional Thai lunch then board a canoe rowed by a professional paddler for a tour along the Sok River. Admire the breathtaking scenery along the river and stop at a riverbank for a cup of tea or coffee served in a bamboo cup that you can take home as a souvenir. Finally, visit Khao Sok View Point to capture a panoramic view of the rainforest before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

From Phuket/Khaolak: Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

9. From Phuket/Khaolak: Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

Discover the Surin Islands Marine Park, which hosts a phenomenal range of flora and fauna on the land and in the sea. Start your adventure with a long snorkeling stop at Ao Mae Yai, and explore the underwater world that lives here.  After your peaceful time in the sea, have the opportunity to meet the Mokens. The islands are populated only with a group of nomadic sea people, called Moken, who normally live in the Burmese Mergui Archipelago. Enjoy a Thai lunch at the national park restaurant and take the time to enjoy the beach. Go for a swim and take in the stunning surrounding nature. In the season between January and April, you will get a chance to see the baby sharks hanging out nearby. 

Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

10. Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

Discover the wild beauty of Khao Sok National Park on a full-day guided trip from Khao Sok. Feed and bathe elephants and take a bamboo raft downstream. Enjoy a Thai lunch, visit a market, and try local coffee. Following pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, head to the Takuapa local market (only guests picked up from Khao Lak. Guests from other pick-up locations will not visit the local market) to browse and look at all the products. From there, continue to the elephant rescue camp. Feed these amazing animals some bananas and cool them off with a bath. Next, visit the monkey temple. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the local restaurant next to the river before bamboo rafting along the Khao Sok River. Relax as your guides gently steer the bamboo rafts downstream while you admire the dramatic limestone mountains and serene sounds of the jungle. Stop at the river bank for some trekking and relaxing in the front of a limestone cave after enjoying a coffee break. This coffee is made in a bamboo stick and served in bamboo cups, which you can take home with you. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel in Khao Lak.

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based on 494 reviews

Worth every penny! Lots of interaction with the elephants, including hand feeding, a walk in the jungle, spreading mud on them, scrubbing them down in a pond and showering them. Full day includes 2 meals but the first isn’t served until noon so plan accordingly. Each person also gets a coffee/tea drink of their choice around 11:00. The walk in the jungle is hot with lots of mosquitos but seeing the elephants walking through the jungle is super cool and provides for amazing photos. Our guide, Minty, was amazing! Very knowledgeable, entertaining yet professional and spoke extremely fluent English.

Feeding elephants bathing scrub very great. All probably born in captivity and kept like 'pets'. We have never been able to get so close to the elephants. We got the impression they enjoy bathing and being scrubbed! For us from Upper Bavaria, the waterfall was less spectacular because we have mountains and waterfalls ourselves. But the short hiking trail through the forest was ok. So recommended!

This small group tour was amazing! We got so much one on one time with the elephants and were able to ask a ton of questions. Our guide Kevin was outstanding! He loved answering our questions and was very knowledgable on the elephants and the facility. We never felt rushed during any of the activities and were able to really enjoy our time with the elephants.

Everything was great, very organized. Of course we wanted to stay longer in all of the beaches but we loved it anyways. They had snacks, water anf fruits. Very recommended, snorkeling in Phi Phi was my favorite part.

Everything went well. They even wait fo us even if we are delayed by 15-30mins.