Kanchanaburi Elephant Day Tours

February 8, 2015 

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Good treatment and respect 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 looks after and provides a maximum number of 4 elephants only for KEP programs.

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) in a private way, and also enjoy private bathing with elephants in the River Kwai ? Are you concerned about the wellbeing and respect of these exceptional gentle giants ? If so, K.E.P. Kanchanaburi River Kwai Elephant Private Programs, in central Thailand, West of Bangkok, is the very right answer for you.

Note !  Due to its limited size, K.E.P. River Kwai Elephant Village can not, – nor wishes –  to attend crowds of numerous noisy tourists (!). We prefer to offer our  elephant bareback riding programs (no seats are attached on the back of our animals !) to  a very  limited number of  « happy few people » only,  means minimum 2 & maximum 8 participants, on a basis 2 persons per elephant !

Age minimum required in order to participate is 10 years old ( for security reasons,  bareback riding is a very specific way of riding an elephant, particularly in a tropical forest).  The place where KEP Elephant activities take place is in fact  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 Elephant actities, 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  2 options of riding the elephant bareback (never on a seat !) :

– KEP 1 (Half Day)  or KEP 3 (Full Day)  programs include Bareback Riding along the River Kwai & along tropical plantations

During all KEP programs, you always and only  sit behind the elephant’s neck,

which is the very traditional and natural Mahout way of riding an elephant.

KEP Bareback Riding Programs always  allow you to feed 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  !

Both KEP 1 and KEP 2 elephant programs include « magic KEP elephant forest 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.

Bareback riding during KEP 1 (Half Day) and KEP 3 (Full Day) bareback riding programs, along the River Kwai and tropical plantations  lasts minimu 1 Hour, with no time limit in fact, as long as the elephants enjoy themselves, together with the mahouts and the participants.

Bathing ( Minimum 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 !

Bamboo Rafting (30 Minutes) :  This program  offers the « magic » opportunity of sailing on the River Kwai on board of an exotic bamboo raft.  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 additional afternoon activities after KEP 1 morning elephant activities :

KEP  Private Transport service proposes an all day private hire of a KEP comfortable A/C private mini-bus with driver ( minimum 2 – maximum 10 passengers on board ) when departing from both Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai Resotel-Putakiene Pier, as well as from Bangkok City hotels or from Bangkok private home.

This original tourism & transport concept  allows  participants  to KEP programs, –  without any extra  transport surcharge –  to  also  visit Kanchanaburi city and  region and  take part to  other local-regional activities.

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

The Hellfire Pass War Memorial,  Erawan 7 tier Waterfalls, Kanchanaburi Hill and Forest Temples, Kanchanaburi Safari Park Open Zoo, Discovery of Kanchanaburi City thanks to a long-tail boat sighseeing cruise on the River Kwai, Agrotours  (visiting Rice, Orchids and Palm Sugar Farms), Tree Top Zipline Adventure, etc

K.E.P. 1 & K.E.P. 3 ELEPHANT PROGRAMS

RATES PER PERSON INCLUDING SAME DAY RETURN TRANSPORT in Private Mini-Bus, with Driver.

Minimum 2 persons – Maximum 8 Participants = 2 bareback riders per elephant – Minimum age required for participating to KEP Elephant activities is 10 Years old : Please contact KEP in case of wishing to participate with lower aged children, as the minimum age of 10 can, under certain conditions,  be lowered to 8, or down to 6 (never less than 6 years old ! due to strict safety conditions).

1) From & Return to KANCHANABURI HOTEL, or RESOTEL-PUTAKIENE River Kwai PIER, or PRIVATE HOME in Kanchanaburi.
2) From & return to BANGKOK HOTEL or PRIVATE HOME in BANGKOK

 K.E.P. 1 : HALF-DAY (MORNING) RIVER KWAI ACTIVITIES

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

1) KANCHANABURI : 

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

Total Nbr of persons2 P3 P4 P5 P6-8 P
Price per pers. in THB5100฿4500 ฿4400 ฿4200 ฿4000 ฿
Price per pers. in €128 €112 €110 €105 €100 €

2) BANGKOK : 

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

Total Nbr. of persons2 P3 P4 P5 P6-8 P
Price per pers. in THB5900 ฿5000 ฿4700 ฿4400 ฿4200 ฿
Price per pers. in €148 €125 €118 €110 €105 €

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

Feed Elephants yourself (Elephant Forest Breakfast) – 1 Hour Private Bareback Riding along the River Kwai and Tropical Pl antations – Private bathing with theElephants in the River Kwai – Private Bamboo Rafting on the River Kwai on board authentic bamboo rafts  – Lunch included.
Entrance cost and  participation fees  to additional  Afternoon Activities are NOT included in above rates). Certain optional afternoon activities are Free of Charge. Others are invoiced by KEP at minimum lowest cost price.

K.E.P. 3 : FULL DAY

RIVER KWAI MORNING ACTIVITIES (PRIVATE BAREBACK RIDING + BATHING WITH THE ELEPHANTS + BAMBOO RAFTING) + AUTHENTIC THAI  LUNCH + AFTERNOON FOREST & TROPICAL PLANTATIONS WALK + PRIVATE HOTSPRING (8 HOURS PROGRAM)

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

Total Nbr. of persons2 P3 P4 P5 P6-8 P
Price per pers. in THB5900 ฿5300 ฿5200 ฿5000 ฿4800 ฿
Price per pers. in €148 €132 €130 €125 €120 €

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

Total Nbr. of persons2 P3 P4 P5 P6-8 P
Price per pers. in THB6700 ฿5800 ฿5500 ฿5200 ฿5000 ฿
Price per pers. in €168 €145 €138 €130 €125 €

K.E.P. 3 program includes :

Feed Elephants yourself (Elephant Forest 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 an authentic Thai local restaurant  – Visit KEP Farm and Feed Yourself Farm’s rabbits – Easy walk through exotic plantations & discover a natural spring water pond in a tropical forest – 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 Activities take place in an geographical area in Kanchanaburi which is composed of  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.  activities 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.

For participants wishing to use their own means of transport (bus, taxi, private car, motorbike, etc) proceeding  from either Kanchanaburi  City, or  from Bangkok City, the meeting point (and parking place)  in order to board onwards continuing  KEP private bus is  the public  safe  parking  of BIG C  big  shopping centre in Kanchanaburi (parking space meeting point = in front of the main entrance leading to the shopping galery, Sengchuto Road side).

This impressive  shopping center (impossible to miss it),  is located on Sengchuto Road (Kanchanaburi main avenue), 300 meters away  from world famous  Bridge over the River Kwai which is sign-posted all over the city.

Please contact KEP in advance  by e-mail in order to receive, also by e-mail,  a precise  Kanchanaburi City &  BIG C meeting point  access & location map.

 

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