Khao Lak Nature & adventure

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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 Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 Lake & Raft House

5. Khao Sok Lake & Raft House

The overnight tour to "Cheow Lan Lake", located in "Khao Sok National Park", has so much to offer. Visit "Nam Rad Watershed Forest" to marvel at its unique jungle and crystal clear creek. Sleep on the beautiful floating raft house on the lake, enjoy the landscape and wilderness safari by boat in the sunset. Take part in the easy jungle walking and cave exploring. 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 the 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 stalagtites. 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 Khao Lak: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

6. From Khao Lak: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

Observe free-roaming elephants in a safe and ethical environment on a tour from Khao Lak that includes hotel transfers and Thai lunch. Enjoy the rural landscape of the Mueang Phang-nga district, meet your elephant and Kwan-chang (elephant handler), and get a chance to bathe and feed the giants. Start with a morning pickup from your accommodation in Khao Lak. Be driven for approximately 45 minutes through scenic agricultural lands, stopping on the way to visit Benyaran Museum to see a collection of local antiques. Upon arrival at the wildlife sanctuary, meet your guide and learn a little about the elephants as you take a walk through the forest. Get bananas and sugarcane to feed the majestic animals. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with them while learning about their lifestyle and behavior. Then, accompany the elephants to a nearby mud spa. Go knees-deep into the mud to apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help brush the elephants as they play in the river. Once the elephants are bathed, you can take some photos with them. Then, it is time to part ways with your friends. Take a shower, change into dry clothes and savor a freshly-cooked, traditional Thai lunch with some snacks and seasonal fresh fruits. You can also join a Thai cooking demonstration led by professional guides and see how Pad Thai, a signature stir-fry dish, and Som Tam (papaya salad) are prepared. End your day with a hotel drop-off in Khao Lak.

Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

7. 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.

Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

8. 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.

Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

9. Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Tablamu Pier for a 7:30 AM check-in. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide. At 8:00 AM, hop on a first-class speedboat and head for Surin Island. The first stop is for your snorkeling experience at The Nemo or Pineapple Gulf. Swim and enjoy the beautiful beach and scenic view at Twin Beach.  At 11:00 AM, visit the famous Sea Gypsy Moken Village. Visit and learn their traditional lifestyle before heading for buffet lunch at the beach on Surin National Park. After lunch, head to the enchanting Mae Yai Gulf and the Tao Gulf. Snorkel here and explore the breathtaking coral reefs before heading back to the pier to be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

Khao Lak: Off-Road Jungle Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

10. Khao Lak: Off-Road Jungle Full-Day Jeep Tour with Lunch

Experience the stunning landscape of Khao Lak on an off-road jungle Jeep tour. Make your way through lush greenery to discover hidden jungle treasures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Start your day with a canoe trip through beautiful mangrove forests and observe wildlife. Then head to a large lake for a traditional Thai lunch. After you have had your fill, the adventure begins as you explore Khao Lak National Park in your off-road Jeep vehicle. Explore the jungle on an off-road experience. Drive up to 600 meters above sea level. Take a short walk to a spectacular waterfall where you can jump in and cool off. To end the tour, visit a Buddhist temple to learn about Thai culture and how important the temple is to the locals.

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based on 494 reviews

From start to finish this trip has been amazing and our guide, Jum, and our driver, Banglock, were so nice and friendly and knowledgeable. We started off with the Elephants and we were totally in awe of these beautiful animals … They loved being fed and washing them in the River was just out of this world ! The Elephants were so happy and so well looked after it was a real pleasure to see. Onto a temple where we lucky enough to see a group who were performing a ritual in traditional costume which was very humbling. Next a very refreshing swim in a waterfall and then bamboo rafting which was just spectacular. We were very hungry by then and food was arranged for us which was so tasty and so much of it ! Last stop was at a Turtle Conservation Centre and to see what these guys were doing for the Turtles was incredible, from 1 week old babies, hatched at the centre to looking after injured adults ! We can’t thank everyone enough

My guide was Maria Wanpen Ngan-khang. Given that nobody else had signed up, this small group tour actually ended up being a private tour. I was impressed that they still provided the service even though I was the only client. Despite heading to lots of different places in a single day, I never felt rushed. Furthermore, both Maria and my driver, (his name I understand translates as "chicken") were excellent. As some others mentioned, this was a bit off the beaten path so I didn't feel like I was crowded by other tourists. Nevertheless, it was an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend both this tour and also my guide for future trips.

What a fabulous tour. It was perfect with a hotel pick-up and personal service all the way. The trip is as described and highlights were hiking through the rainforest, swimming in the river by the waterfall, a lovely lunch and being paddled downstream in the canoe, stopping to drink tea from water boiled in bamboo canes. Our guide was excellent and helped us to find a wealth of wildlife and fauna.

A private tour that was well worth the money and effort to get to. Although 1 hour 40 minutes from Patong, the drive is scenic and the vehicle is comfortable. Our guide was local to Khao Lak and was very proud of the sanctuaries that we visited. He was knowledgeable and informative. The day was full and each activity was different.

It was an amazing experience, we had a great small group and out guide Kim was incredible. she taught us a lot about Thailand culture and took us to eat local food. Great value of money. We recommend it definitely ;)