Kanchanaburi Elephant Day Tours

Are you an elephant lover ? Would you like to spend enjoyable time with elephants, learn about their lives, ride elephants bareback, 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 village – which puts  a maximum number of 4 elephants only  at the disposal of KEP  special activities.

Note !  Due to its limited size, K.E.P. River Kwai Elephant Camp can not, – nor wishes –  to attend crowds of numerous noisy tourists (!). We prefer to offer KEP  elephant bareback riding  private programs (no seats are attached on the back of our animals !) to  a very  limited quantity of  « happy few people » only,  means 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 in a tropical forest).  K.E.P. elephant  activities take place in  a unique protected « totally off the beaten tracks » location (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 activities  consist of 6 bareback  riding programs named :              KEP 1 – KEP 2 – KEP 3 – KEP 4 – KEP 5 – KEP 6 

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 always  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.

K.E.P Private Bareback riding  along the River Kwai and tropical plantations  lasts 1 Hour, with no strict time limitations : as long as the elephant  enjoys the riding = let it go and also enjoy with him !

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 and quite  exceptional  riding in Kanchanaburi Green Paradise !

Private Bathing with the Elephants in the River Kwai  ( Minimum 30 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 Minutes) :  This program  offers the « magic » opportunity of sailing on the River Kwai on board of an exotic bamboo raft.         During this very relaxing program which takes place at the end of the morning, before lunch, 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.

Free choice of  9 optional  afternoon activities after KEP 1 morning elephant activities :

K.E.P 1 program  allows  participants  to KEP elephant  activities –  without any extra  transport surcharge –  to  also  visit Kanchanaburi city and  region with sightseeing and  taking part to  other local-regional activities.

Suggestions of additional afternoon – half-day sightseeing & recommended activities in Kanchanaburi  are as follows :

Off the beaten tracks Forest and Hill Temples overlooking the River Kwai, The Hellfire Pass War Memorial, Tam Krasae WW2 Wooden Bridge, Prommitr Film Studios, Kanchanaburi Safari Park Open Zoo, Kanchanaburi City long-tail boat sighseeing cruise on the River Kwai, Tree Top Zipline Adventure, Hydrobike-Waterbike on the River Kwai,etc

K.E.P. 1  – K.E.P. 3 –  ELEPHANT PROGRAMS (presented as examples of KEP activities among a full choice of 6 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 + 9 Optional activities in the afternoon

(BAREBACK RIDING + BATHING WITH THE ELEPHANTS + BAMBOO RAFTING) ( 4 HOURS PROGRAM)

1) KANCHANABURI : 

Leave at 08H00 A.M. – Afternoon optional  activities  & return  time  at your  personal  convenience

TOTAL NB. of persons

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

6 – 8 P

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

 2) BANGKOK : 

Leave at 06H00 A.M. – Afternoon optional  activities  & return  time at your personal  convenience

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

6 – 8 P

Price per pers. in Baht 5900 ฿ 5000 ฿ 4700 ฿ 4400 ฿ 4200 ฿
Price per pers. in €uro 148 € 125 € 118 € 110 € 105 €

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

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

Note : Entrance cost  and  participation fees to KEP 1 Optional Afternoon Activities are NOT included in above rates : to be paid directly and individually on site by each participant.

 

K.E.P. 3 : FULL DAY SET PROGRAM 

 MORNING ELEPHANT ACTIVITIES ( PRIVATE BAREBACK RIDING + PRIVATE BATHING WITH THE ELEPHANTS + BAMBOO RAFTING)
+ AUTHENTIC THAI  LUNCH  + AFTERNOON AGROWALK ( FOREST & TROPICAL PLANTATIONS)  + BATHING AT KEP PRIVATE HOTSPRING (8 HOURS PROGRAM)

1) KANCHANABURI : Leave at 08H00 – Return at 17H30

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

6 – 8 P

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

 2) BANGKOK : Leave at 06H00 – Return at 19H30

TOTAL Nb. of persons

2 P

3 P

4 P

5 P

6 – 8 P

Price per pers. in Baht 6700 ฿ 5800 ฿ 5500 ฿ 5200 ฿ 5000 ฿
Price per pers. in €uro 168 € 145 € 138 € 130 € 125 €

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

All day return transport in a private bus, with driver + All day Guide assistance + 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 easy walk (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. The  address of this magic secluded place is – on purpose –  not published on Internet, nor communicated by e-mail or by phone.

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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