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Colors Of Bangkok: 4-Hour Small Group Bike Tour

1. Colors Of Bangkok: 4-Hour Small Group Bike Tour

Experience Bangkok more like a local on a half-day bike tour of some of the Thai capital’s small communities. Cycle down narrow, traffic-free streets to see how the locals live their daily lives. Following a quick bike fitting at the meeting point, cycle past villas and luxury apartments en route to a hidden community in what some might regard as a “slum,” but locals call “home.” Meet some of the city’s poorest residents, walking to their kindergarten to see where their children are taught. Next, go to a neighborhood sweatshop en route to boarding a typical long tail boat to cross the Chao Phraya River. Once across the river, explore Bangkok’s greenest area. Ride the elevated pathways that run through lush vegetation and the shade of coconut palms and banana trees. Stop at a local restaurant for a light meal of pad thai (thai noodles) or khao pad (fried rice). Then, visit a secret Buddhist temple and learn more about the Buddhist faith. Return to the pier to re-cross the Chao Praya River back into the bustling heart of Bangkok. End with a visit to a small, open-air Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) school, and learn more about the origins of Thailand’s national sport and martial art form.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

2. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

You’ll start your adventure with an early pickup before heading to the elephant sanctuary. ElephantsWorld is a conservation organization dedicated to helping these intelligent and proud creatures. Once there, you’ll listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing food for the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck in to a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, you’ll trek through the lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. This famous seven-tiered beauty with its emerald pools is a great place to take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.

Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

Discover Bangkok on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks, savor an authentic Thai meal for lunch, and go on a canal boat tour. Begin your adventure on the Thonburi side of the river and cycle along the winding alleys packed with stalls selling local goods. Browse through the bustling food stalls brimming with local produce. Continue the tour and visit interesting temples along the way. Learn about Buddhism and the history of the local communities from your guide. Then, savor a delicious Thai lunch at a canal-side restaurant as you take in fascinating views of the surrounding scenery. Once you’re refreshed, learn more about Bangkok’s history as you cycle along the canal enjoying the greenery of Bangkok. Complete your journey at a canal-side market where the bikes are loaded onto a long tail canal boat. Once on board, witness the canal-side lifestyle with its colorful scenery and the local canal-side communities. If you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of an Asian water monitor, a lizard native to the area, bathing in the banks of the river. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

4. Kanchanaburi: Elephant Sanctuary & Erawan Waterfall Tour

Take a relaxing break in the peaceful and natural surroundings of Elephants World. Visit the Erawan National Park and swim in the clear pools. Start your adventure by heading to the elephant sanctuary. Elephants World is an environmental conservation organization and animal rescue facility dedicated to helping ill, old and abused elephants. Listen to an introduction and safety briefing before preparing to feed the elephants. Get down and dirty and give the elephants a mud bath before heading to the river to rinse them off. There will be some time to shower before you tuck into a delicious buffet lunch. After helping yourself to delicious Thai dishes, feed the elephants the food you prepared earlier. At Erawan National Park, trek through lush forests and caves before arriving at Erawan Waterfall. Enjoy the impressive 7-tiered waterfall and emerald pools. Take a dip or simply relax and enjoy the abundance of native flora and fauna around you.

Bangkok: Biking, Kayaking, and Longtail Boat Group Adventure

5. Bangkok: Biking, Kayaking, and Longtail Boat Group Adventure

Meet and greet your guide at a local temple at about 2:00 PM before you transfer to Bangkok Krachoa by local ferry. Chose the cruiser bike that best suits you, and start biking around nature paths on Bangkachoa island which is known as the lung of Bangkok. Bike to different parts of river island on a 7-10 kilometer trail and see communities, local farms, palm jungles, schools, villages, and temples. Kayak along private houses and get stunning views of the jungle and Klong Toey Port. During the weekend, stop at the floating market to get some snacks and do some local shopping. Watch birds at the observation hall in Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan park. Take a local longtail boat for a short ride. Discover how locals connect between the villages and the Bangkok metropolitan area. Return the cruiser bike and say goodbye to the local shop owner with a fresh coconut refreshment.

Bangkok: City Culture 3-Hour Bike Tour

6. Bangkok: City Culture 3-Hour Bike Tour

Discover the different and diverse cultures of Bangkok’s business districts on a gentle bike tour around the city center. Stop at a local temple, and pedal through the slums of the notorious “train-graveyard” en route to Talad Klongtoey market. Here, park your bike for a stroll around the fresh produce. Continue by crossing the always-congested Rama IV Road to go to Queen Sirikit Convention Center. Next, enjoy the peace of Benjakitty Park, a small, but nicely designed park with lovely views. Pedal along the so-called “Tobacco Monopoly” to see where Bangkok's cigarettes are made. Continue to the exclusive street of Thanon Witthayu, home to many embassies, and boasting an entrance to Lumpini Park, known locally as the “Central Park of Bangkok.” Watch locals practicing tai chi or yoga, and keep a look out for the resident monitor lizards. After a short break in the park, continue through some of the city’s small, hidden communities en route back to the meeting place.

Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

7. Bangkok: Elephant Sanctuary Visit & SUP on the River Kwai

After pickup at your accommodation or greeting the guide at the meeting point, you’ll begin your journey to ElephantsWorld. Situated just outside Kanchanaburi, the environmental conservation organization provides the best care possible to the 30+ elephants in their elephant sanctuary, making sure that they work for the elephants and not the other way around. Once you arrive, you’ll have an introduction and safety briefing before tucking into a buffet lunch. After you’ve filled up on some tasty Thai dishes, you’ll prepare food for the elephants to eat before meeting them and giving taking a mud bath together. You’ll then lead them to the river to rinse off the mud before showering and feeding time. After saying goodbye to your newfound friends, you’ll head to the River Kwai, where you’ll hop on a paddle board and cruise through the water while waiting for the sun to set over the horizon.

From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

8. From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

Elephant World is a self-supporting environmental conservation organization that cares for domestic elephants, situated just outside the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Elephant World cares for the daily needs of over 30 elephants and staff by offering eco-travelers the experience of an up-close and personal encounter with these wonderful creatures. Choose from either a 1-day program or an overnight stay which includes accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage by the river and the mountains.  1-Day Experience The 1-day experience starts with pick up from your hotel or guesthouse in Kanchanaburi at 9 AM. Arrive at Elephant World, where you'll meet and feed the friendly elephants up close. Then observe the elephants bathing on a huge river. Have the opportunity to clean fruits and vegetables and prepare and cook sticky rice balls for your new friends. After lunch, gather plants and vegetables for elephants at the sanctuary's farm then plant banana trees and sugarcane. Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants and take the elephants to the river for a bath where you can scrub them clean before feeding them with the fruits you prepared. The day program ends at 4 PM when you will head back to your hotel. Overnight Experience The overnight experience is the same but includes overnight accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage, equipped with a bathroom and hot shower, mosquito nets, and a comfortable terrace for relaxing. In the wet season, the elephants sleep and eat in the forest. Staying overnight will allow you to walk the elephants out into the forest at the end of the day with the mahouts. The next day, wake early up to the sounds of the wildlife. Bring the elephants back in from the forest before the day's activities begin. In the dry season, take a walk with the elephants in the morning. Choose to hike to the top of a mountain (for an extra fee of 100 THB) and enjoy the view or observe the beautiful birds next to the river. After that, return for a tasty Thai lunch and check out. Finally, enjoy a fun afternoon with the elephants and help them take a bath. Then, enjoy rafting down the River Kwai with life jackets provided. Relax and admire at the peaceful atmosphere of the surroundings as you float back to Elephant World. Finish the program at around 3 PM and return to your hotel in Kanchanaburi.

Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

9. Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Discover Bangkok at night on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks lit up at night, and savor an authentic Thai meal for dinner. Begin your experience at the meeting point on the Thonburi side of Bangkok at 6 PM. Receive your bike, helmet, and light for your safety, as well as fluorescent clothing, if you wish. Take a short ride through winding alleys to a local Thai family's restaurant and enjoy a tasty meal there. After dinner, cycle through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local. Stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night lights, then cross the Chao Phraya River on a local ferry. Once on the other side of the river, ride to Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok famous for its huge reclining Buddha statue. Next, cycle around the Royal Grand Palace and on to the 24-hour flower market, Pak Khlong Talat. Delight in the colorful, fragrant, and exotic fresh flowers in the market, and see everything from common roses to bright orchids, lilies, and more. Then, head toward Chinatown and cycle among the bright neon lights and market alleys. Savor the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown and its street food vendors. Finally, cross the river again on a ferry and ride like a local through some of the winding back streets. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

10. Elephant Sanctuary & Kanchanaburi Highlights Private Tour

This full-day private tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and a drive to ElephantsWorld. Learn about this sanctuary for old and rescued elephants, who will spend their remaining years well cared for in a natural environment. Help care for the animals by feeding them, gathering food and bathing them. Around noon, enjoy a buffet lunch before heading out to see the major attractions of Kanchanaburi. Visit the Bridge on the River Kwai, which is part of the infamous Death Railway, built by prisoners during World War II. Continue your tour with a stop at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, the final resting place of 6,982 allied prisoners who died during the construction of the railway.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

There was excellent communication before being picked up, including a picture and license plate of the vehicle collecting me. The sanctuary itself is a small place and so welcoming. The elephants are lovely and they are clearly well cared for. They’re not forced to do anything! I was able to feed and bathe with them while plenty of pictures were taken, and there was a wonderful guide who was able to explain all about them and what they do. We also had a very delicious lunch! I would 100% repeat this experience if I could! Do bring a spare change of clothes because you will get filthy if you bathe with them (there are showers there) - and don’t wear white!

A lovely day and perfect escape from Bangkok Local tour guides, Pond & Buay were super friendly and a local is bikes were comfy and easy to use, along the narrow streets , temple, farm and markets Kayaking along the small canal pass a little jungle , people house (back yard) . Boat trip is very interesting, it pass palm jungle, high rise building Bangkok city, big ship. Overall, it is really fun… .

Good bikes to use and a very kind guide. First we went to visit some temples and want inside them with the guide whi gave a good explenation. We also got fresh water on a regular base. We cycled thru the swamp where we had a very Nice meal whit drink of choice. Then Some more cycling and a trip back to the starting point with a longtail boat. Definitely worth it! Very good value for money!

Great experience!! Being passionate and professional, the host would elaborate everything you could be interested about elephants, their cause and so on. Definitely recommended as a family day-trip!

From Start to finish, lovely people and elephants. Very hands on with the elephants . An experience to remember. Perhaps take a towel for the showers with you.