Bareback Riding, Bathing with the Elephants and Rafting on the River Kwai

Are you an elephant lover ? Would you like to spend enjoyable time with elephants, learn about their lives, ride elephants bareback (not at all on a seat), and also bathe with elephants in the River Kwai ? Are you concerned about the wellbeing of these exceptional gentle giants ? If so, K.E.P. Kanchanaburi River Kwai Elephant Programs, in central Thailand, West of Bangkok, has the perfect elephant program for you !

Good treatment of elephants is paramount to K.E.P. It is our priority to take you to an authentic Thai  small local family elephant farm – which looks after  a maximum quantity of 4 elephants only.

Note !  K.E.P. River Kwai Elephant activities cannot  attend crowds of numerous noisy tourists (!). We prefer to offer our  elephant bareback riding private programs ( with no seats  attached on the back of our animals !) to  a very  limited number of  « happy few people » only,  means to minimum 2 & maximum 8 participants, on a basis 2 persons per elephant !

Age minimum required : 12 years old ( for security reasons,  bareback riding is a very specific way of riding an elephant, particularly). Please contact us in case of any lower age.  K.E.P. elephant  activities take place in  a unique protected place « totally off the beaten tracks » (no address published on Internet = no risk of  mass tourism invasion ( !),  where elephant  carers  (called « mahout » in Thai language) treat their elephants humanely and only care about the wellbeing of the animals they look after.

During the time you spend with us during KEP Private Elephant activities, we provide you with a short teaching about Asian elephants and the way how mahout  work, live with their elephants and speak to them, using a specific « elephant language » which the animals understand very well. A brief introduction is also given to participants about the history, biology and nature of the elephants, as well as guidelines on how to live in harmony with these fantastic animals.

Thanks to K.E.P. Kanchanaburi River Kwai Elephant Programs,  you really learn about the habits and life of Thai elephants. K.E.P. elephant carers (mahouts) teach you in a practical way how to communicate with your gentle giant new friend by learning and speaking the mahout-elephant language, using spoken commands.

KEP Elephant programs offer  6 options of riding the elephant bareback (never on a seat !)  named as follows :  K.E.P 1 – K.E.P 2 – K.E.P 3 – K.E.P 4 – K.E.P 5 – K.E.P 6

All K.E.P activities &  programs include Private Bareback Riding along the River Kwai & along tropical plantations located in a large valley surrounded by beautiful mountains.

During all KEP programs, you always, and only,  sit behind the elephant’s neck (never on a seat), which is the very traditional and natural Mahout way of riding an elephant.

KEP Private Bareback Riding Programs  allow you to feed directly yourself the elephants prior to riding them : this is by far  an excellent and very best, way (!)  to make friends with elephants before riding them bareback afterwards  !

All KEP elephant programs include « magic KEP elephant breakfast ! » : their meal is composed of banana trees and leaves as well as banana fruits and various other tropical fruits, which elephants love to eat so much.

KEP private bareback riding programs, along the River Kwai and tropical plantations  last minimum 1 hour, with no strict time limitation at all : the more the elephants enjoy the riding, the longer it will last.

KEP elephant activities take place in the heart of a secret  green tropical  landscape  composed of  scenic  peaceful tropical forests and mountains surrounding the farm  : enjoy a unique  quite  exceptional  riding in Kanchanaburi Green Paradise !

Private Bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai (30/45 Minutes)  : This additional  program to bareback riding  allows you to  enjoy having a bath together with elephants in the River Kwai. All participants have a lot of fun as  elephants and visitors  perfectly bond with each other in the water !

Private Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai (30/45 Minutes) :  This program  offers the « magic » opportunity of sailing on the River Kwai on board of an exotic bamboo raft.  During this very relaxing activity you may :

 – either enjoy sailing on the river in a silent way, with no effort at all from your part by floating and guiding very easily yourself the bamboo raft on the water,

–  or  jump from the raft into  the River Kwai in order to swim and float independently with no effort, being simply pushed by the natural current of the river flowing downstream, thanks to the use of safety floating jackets.

K.E.P. 1  & K.E.P. 3  Elephants Programs Rates ( these 2 programs are presented as examples among a full menu of 6 Elephant Programs)

RATES PER PERSON INCLUDING SAME DAY RETURN TRANSPORT in Private Mini-Bus, with Driver.
(Minimum 2 – Maximum 8 Participants – Minimum age required : 12 Years old)
1) From & Return to KANCHANABURI HOTEL, or RESOTEL PIER,  in Kanchanaburi.
2) From & return to BANGKOK HOTEL or PRIVATE HOME in BANGKOK

K.E.P. 1 : Half-Day (Morning only) Elephant Activities

Bareback Riding + Bathing with the Elepehants + Bamboo Rafting ( 4 Hours Program) + Lunch

KANCHANABURI : Leave at 08H00 A.M. – Afternoon optional  activities  & return  time  at your  personal  convenience; (usually around 17H 00 PM)

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2

3

4

5

6-8

Price per pers. in Baht 5100 ฿ 4500 ฿ 4400 ฿ 4200 ฿ 4000 ฿
Price per pers. in Euro 128 € 112 € 110 € 105 € 100 €

BANGKOK : Leave at 06H00 A.M. – Afternoon optional activities  & return  time at your personal  convenience (usually around 19H00 PM)

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2

3

4

5

6-8

Price per pers. in Baht 5900 ฿ 5000 ฿ 4700 ฿ 4400 ฿ 4200 ฿
Price per pers. in Euro 148 € 132 € 130 € 125 € 120 €

K.E.P. 1 Half-Day Elephant program includes :

Same day return transport in a private bus, with driver – Feed Elephants yourself (Elephant Breakfast) – 1 Hour Bareback Riding along the River Kwai and Tropical Plantations – Private bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai – Private Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai on board authentic bamboo rafts  – Lunch in a riverside authentic Thai restaurant – Guide assistance.

Free choice of  9 afternoon optional  activities which entrance cost and participation fees are NOT included in above rates (to be paid individually by each participant directly on site)

K.E.P. 3 : Full Day Set Program : Morning Elephant Activities + Agrowalk and  Private Bathing at K.E.P Hotspring in a forest in the afternoon

Private Bareback Riding + Private Bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai + Bamboo Rafting + Authentic Thai Lunch + Afternoon Forest & Tropical Plantation Agrowalk + Private Hotspring (8 Hours Program)

KANCHANABURI : Leave at 08H00 – Return at 17H30

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2

3

4

5

6-8

Price per pers. in Baht 5900 ฿ 5300 ฿ 5200 ฿ 5000 ฿ 4800 ฿
Price per pers. in Euro 148 € 132 € 130 € 125 € 120 €

BANGKOK : Leave at 06H00 – Return at 19H30

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2

3

4

5

6-8

Price per pers. in Baht 6700 ฿ 5800 ฿ 5500 ฿ 5200 ฿ 5000 ฿
Price per pers. in Euro 148 € 132 € 130 € 125 € 120 €

K.E.P. 3 all day set program includes :

Feed Elephants yourself (Elephant Breakfast) – 1 Hour Private Elephant Bareback Riding along the River Kwai & Tropical Plantations – Private bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai – Private rafting cruise on the River Kwai on board authentic  bamboo rafts – Authentic Thai lunch prepared and served in a riverside authentic Thai local restaurant – Agrotourism  very easy walk (called Agrowalk)  along exotic  plantations  – 1 hour private bathing &  relaxing at KEP Natural Hotspring in the forest

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE,  REF TRANSPORT & ACCESS !

EXTERNAL BUSES, TAXIS,  PRIVATE CARS & MOTORBIKES, ETC ARE NOT ALLOWED   ACCESS TO K.E.P. PRIVATE  ELEPHANT FARM & ACTIVITIES !

KEP Private Elephant Farm is surrounded by private fields, private farms and private plantations.

For the sake of not disturbing, as well as respecting local farmers’ private life and their private properties,  access to K.E.P.  farm is therefore  only & strictly  limited  to one KEP private bus at a time, exclusively driven by KEP driver, who personally  knows each farmer  very well, and vice-versa.

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