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

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.

Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Tour, Cooking Class & Lunch

Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Tour, Cooking Class & Lunch

Discover the half day magic activities of elephants on a guided visit to The Elephant Sanctuary, with pickup and drop-off included. Experience the elephant's daily routine by feeding and walking in the jungle them. Take unforgettable photos with your giant new friends while learning about their life. Start your day with pickup from your accommodation by air-conditioned van. Go on a scenic drive through beautiful scenery to The Elephant Sanctuary. Meet your Eco English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. Gather up some bananas and cane sugar and walk with your guide through the park and discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable, and ethical environment. Your guide will tell you a bit about each elephant's individual stories. guests will observe the elephants enjoying their natural mud spa and bathing rituals from a respectful distance. This approach prioritizes the well-being and autonomy of the elephants, allowing them to indulge in their natural behaviors unhindered and stress-free. Elephants, much like humans, value their private time, especially during activities like bathing. Watching them in their natural habitat offers a unique insight into their behaviors and ensures both their comfort and the safety of the guests. After observing these majestic creatures, guests can enjoy a traditional Thai lunch in a serene setting, reflecting on the beauty of the elephants in their natural state. Then, make a dish during a cooking class which will be your delicious lunch, before heading back to your hotel.

Khao Lak: Khao Sok Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing Trip

Khao Lak: Khao Sok Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing Trip

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.

Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour

Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour

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. 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 Lak: 1-Hour Elephant Sanctuary Eco-Journey with Shuttle

Khao Lak: 1-Hour Elephant Sanctuary Eco-Journey with Shuttle

Begin your journey by arriving at our sanctuary, where you will receive a warm welcome and an introduction to our magnificent elephants. Our knowledgeable guides will provide a safety briefing to ensure a memorable and safe experience. Next, you will have the opportunity to prepare a basket of elephant food and feed these gentle giants up close. Feel the excitement as you watch the elephants enjoy their treats and interact with them in their natural environment. Capture unforgettable moments as you take unlimited photos with these majestic creatures. Then, accompany them to a nearby river where you can observe them enjoying the water. Watch as the elephants refresh themselves, an opportunity to capture some memorable moments with them. Once the elephants have finished in the water, take some final photos with your new friends before it's time to say goodbye.

Khaolak: Elephant Sanctuary with Turtle Conservation Center

Khaolak: Elephant Sanctuary with Turtle Conservation Center

Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop. Wang Kiang Koo waterfall, where our local paddlers await us at the river bank. With their gigantic bamboo raft waiting for us to hop on, see our paddler in action maneuvering the raft along the stream of Kiang Koo waterfall. After the unforgettable experience with the bamboo rafting with a blast from the past, enjoy playing in crystal clear refreshing water. Next, visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center for a close turtle encounter. Hear about their species and how they were rescued. Explore the conservation center and meet different sizes of turtles, species, and colors. Then, visit Wat Lak Kaen. One of the oldest and most significant temples in the area, hear the story of the Buddha's holy relic. From here, head to a local restaurant located at Wang Kiang Koo waterfall and savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Quick stop, explore and hear the heartfelt story of Police Boat 813 Bangniang. Once a vigilant guardian of the seas, this vessel met an untimely fate during the devastating tsunami, a poignant reminder of the power of nature. Hear tales of bravery and resilience from local guides, before continuing our next activity. Then, set off on your next adventure visiting an elephant sanctuary and meeting the friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories and how they were rescued. Interact with them by giving a meal for the elephants with 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. After your adventurous day, hop back on the van transferring back to your hotel.

Khao Lak: 2-Hour Elephant Sanctuary Eco-Walk with Guided

Khao Lak: 2-Hour Elephant Sanctuary Eco-Walk with Guided

Embark on a captivating 2-hour Eco Guide Tour at Khaolak Elephant Sanctuary, where our expert eco guide shares the heartwarming stories of our rescued elephants. Witness the transformative journey of these once-working elephants as we delve into their daily routines, from delightful feeding sessions to exploring their natural habitat. Get up close to the elephants as they walk through the jungle. gaining insight into their transition from workers to free-roaming beings. Start your day with pickup from your accommodation by air-conditioned van. Go on a scenic drive through beautiful scenery to the Elephant Sanctuary. Meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. Gather up some bananas and cane sugar and walk with your guide through the park and discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable, and ethical environment. Your guide will tell you a bit about each elephant's individual stories. Walk, feed, and photograph the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you've met all the elephants, join them for a leisurely stroll in the jungle, immersing yourself in their natural environment. During this walk, you'll have the opportunity to feed them, further deepening your connection with these magnificent creatures. This experience allows you to observe the elephants as they explore their habitat, offering a unique insight into their daily lives. Once the walk is complete and the elephants are satisfied, take some final photos with your new friends before it's time to say goodbye and change into dry clothes. Our elephants have been rescued from the riding, show, and logging industries. At The Khao Lak Elephant Sanctuary, they receive exceptional care and respect. Please note that the elephant feeding activities are designed to support their natural behavior, as observed in the wild. We never force the elephants to engage in any activity they are not willing to participate in.

Jungle Night Tour : Finding Snakes and Night Species

Jungle Night Tour : Finding Snakes and Night Species

We go for the canoeing trip with the local paddleman, guided by our reptile specialists in Khao Lak. Take a walk on the trail in the night and learn about reptiles and snakes of the area. Snake, Amphibian, Mammal, and Insect Trips around Khao Lak you can join. One of the most unique and fun experiences you can have in Khao Lak is to go out with headlamps and see some of the snakes, insects, frogs, lizards, slow lorises, colugos, civets, spiders, they are all in Khao Lak rainforests & mangrove rivers. Itinerary 18:30 hrs. Pick up from your hotel, by air-conditioned vehicle and our English-speaking guide. 19:00 hrs. Arrive at the mangrove river, board a canoe with local paddleman. The place’s so called “Little Amazon Mangrove River”. Headlights provided. Here animals expected to be seen are pythons, rat snake, gold ring cat nake (mangrove snake), sleeping birds, frogs, monitor lizards etc. The canoe trip takes about 1 hour - 1 and half hour. Then we go for easy jungle walking on the trail. Here you can expect to see the world of insects and spider, colugos, civets, slow lorises etc. The trail is approx. 1 k.m. long. the guide helps you to spot them. 22:00-23:00 hrs. Get dropped off to your hotel.

From Phuket: Khao Lak Elephant Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

From Phuket: Khao Lak Elephant Sanctuary Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day tour to the Khaolak Elephant Sanctuary in a small-group tour that is limited to just 10 people to ensure you get as much interaction with the elephants as possible. Start the tour with a morning pickup from your accommodation in Phuket. Take a 2-hour scenic drive, arriving at the sanctuary by around 9 AM. Meet your English-speaking guide, enjoy some snacks, and learn about the history and behavior of rescued elephants. Then, trek into the jungle with your guide where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. At 11 AM, stop to enjoy a delicious spread of home-cooked Thai food for lunch. After lunch, head back into the jungle to feed the animals their dietary supplements. Learn more deeply about each elephant and what it takes to keep them healthy and happy. At about 4 PM, take some final photos with the elephants before it is time to part ways and change into some dry clothes. Finally, eat some snacks and seasonal fresh fruits and head back to your hotel. Activities in one day: Start 6.30am. Pickup from your hotel in Phuket heading to Khaolak, Phang Nga Meet with the local guide and explain about the full day activities Make a Herbal Vitamin Ball Workshop for Elephant Rubber Tapping Experience at the sanctaurant rubber plantation Visit Local Farm & Buy Elephant food direct from gardener Cooking Class Lesson Watching Elephant Playtime in the water

Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Tour with Rafting

Phuket: Elephant & Sea Turtle Conservation Tour with Rafting

Spend a day immersed in rural life riding a bamboo raft, meeting sea turtles, and visiting a temple tucked in the lush green mountains of Southern Thailand on a guided trip from Phuket. Visit a conservation center and work alongside elephant caretakers to feed and bathe the animals. Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel in Phuket. Enjoy the sights of local life in the southern part of Thailand as you drive to your first stop, Wang Kiang Koo waterfall. Be greeted by local paddlers at the river bank. Hop on a gigantic bamboo raft, and see your paddler in action as they maneuver the raft along the stream of Kiang Koo waterfall. After the rafting adventure, play in the crystal clear waters of the river. Next, visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center for a turtle encounter. Hear about the turtles and how they were rescued. Explore the conservation center and meet different sizes, species, and colors of sea turtles. Continue to Wat Lak Kaen, one of the oldest and most significant temples in the area. Hear the story of the Buddha's holy relic from your guide. From here, head to a local restaurant at Wang Kiang Koo waterfall and savor a delicious southern Thai set lunch. Make a quick stop to discover the heartfelt story of Police Boat 813 Bangniang. Once a vigilant guardian of the seas, this vessel met an untimely fate during the tsunami, a poignant reminder of the power of nature. Hear tales of bravery and resilience, before continuing to your next activity. Then, visit an elephant sanctuary to interact with friendly giants. Hear about their individual stories. Work with the loving elephant carer (mahout), bathe the elephants in a mud spa and, feed them from your own hands while taking some photos to capture your experience. After an adventurous day, hop back on the van to return to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Takua Pa

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4.8
(440 reviews)

It was a wonderful day with unbelievably great impressions and experiences. The transport with pick-up and at the hotel was super comfortable and everything was explained to us. 100% recommended and everyone who is on holiday in Khao Lak should go on this trip. Bathing with the elephants was the absolute highlight and it was simply fantastic to be able to get so close to these animals. Simply beautiful.

Hotel pickup was easy and driver was kind. Tony the guide at the sanctuary was clear and very informative. It is clear he cares a lot about the animals as do the other staff we saw. Elephants condition was good. We didn't know elephants could smile until we saw them enjoying their bath. 10/10

All in all it was a wonderful trip, we were a small group of 4 adults and 3 children and an older couple. I can absolutely recommend this trip with a clear conscience. Well, the price is debatable, it could be a lot less for children, but it's a vacation and you're happy to do it.

An exceptional guide with very very very understandable English! The visit with the elephants is just incredible 😍 It clearly allows you to create a bond with the elephant... We took the private tour and we absolutely don't regret it even if it's slightly more expensive

Amazing and unmissable, Martha our guide and driver was very pleasant and professional, we were very lucky with the weather. Don't hesitate, go for it.