Thai National Parks

2-day tour - Erawan Falls, raft house stay at Sai Yok National Park & more

Kanchanaburi Province in west Thailand is home to several natural and historical sites popular among both local and foreign tourists. While Erawan National Park is famous for it's waterfalls, Sai Yok National Park to the west is more popular for its rafthouses over Khwae Noi River.

What?

This strictly private 2-day tour includes a visit to popular Erawan Falls in Erawan National Park, Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum, overnight stay at Krit Raft House in Sai Yok National Park for various activities, a cave, Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park and The Bridge over River Kwai in central Kanchanaburi.

Itenerary

Day-1

08:00 – Our guide will pick you up from your hotel with an a/c car 8 a.m. in the early morning to avoid the crowds at Erawan Falls.

09:00 – Arrive at at Erawan Waterfalls (National Park) - Here we will spend 3 hours to walk up to all 7 tiers of Erawan Falls, if you are faint hearted we will only walk to the easily accessible first few lower tiers, you will decide how far we should go. It is possible to swim in blue/green waters which are full with fishes. Good to bring with you hiking shoes, swimwear and towel.

12:00 – Lunch at a local restaurant

13:30 – Arrive at Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum - Dedicated to memory of all men and women who worked and died during the World Word II. The complex consists of a memorial site located within Hellfire Pass (Konyu Cutting), a museum exhibiting artefacts and the Memorial Walking Trail where we are going to hike.

15:30 – Arrive at Krit Raft House (floating bungalows) Sai Yok National Park - The raft house floats on the river on opposite side of the Sai Yok Yai Waterfall with very good view, this is where you will stay overnight. You will be provided with a spacious and comfortable private floating wooden raft, the bungalows are simple but charming, very clean and with toilet, shower (cold water) and fan. The raft will be pulled upstream by a long tail boat so you can enjoy the view of other tiers. It will be possible to swim and do private raft & body rafting downstream with life vest. Drinks, snacks, dinner and breakfast will be served on the raft. The electricity will be available from 6 pm until 6 am by a generator.

What to bring: Swimwear.

Day-2

07:30 – Breakfast at Krit Raft House

08:30 – Kayak trip downstream on River Kwai - An experienced guide wil accompany you.

10:00 – We pick you up by the river

11:00 – Arrive at Lawa Cave - It is one of most beautiful caves in this region. The cave has many spacious chambers with stalactites and stalagmites. The entrance to the cave is a bit narrow. What to bring: Good shoes (e.g. running/hiking shoes)

12:30 – Lunch at a local restaurant

13:30 - Visit Rim Nam Café - A beautiful "of the track" riverside coffee shop by the River Kwai Noi making possibly the best coffee in Thailand. The shop is not known to foreign or local tourists, only known by local Thai people. There will be other beverages to be served if you like.

14:30 – Arrive at Death Railway Wooden Bridge & Krasae Cave - Walk along part of the old railway along beautiful slopes of steep mountainside on wooden bridge. The bridge is still in working condition. We will also do a short visit to a nearby cave called Krasae cave. This smaller cave was used as hospital by Japanese during the WWII.

15:30 – Arrive at Prasat Mueang Singh Historical Park - The most important historical site in Kwai Noi basin. The park is home to number of e Bayon-style temples as seen in Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The temples date back to 13th and 14th centuries.

17:00 – Arrive at The Bridge Over River Kwai

17:30 – Tour end in Kanchanaburi city

Where & When?

This full day tour can be booked all year-round. Our guide will meet you 8 a.m. on day-1 at your hotel or any other location you prefer where the tour will start from.

How much?

This tour is a private tour, can't be joined in group. You'll be accompanied by an English speaking licensed guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore attractions in this 2-day tour. The listed prices below include private luxury transport, entrance fees, raft house stay, refreshments, meals and more. Please see the full list below.

The price for this 2-day tour is from 6,600 to 16,600 THB per person depending on group size. We also help to arrange private transport from Bangkok, 2000 Baht each way.

Group size Rate per person
1 16600 THB
2 11600 THB
3 10600 THB
4 9600 THB
5 8600 THB
6 7600 THB
7 7100 THB
8 6600 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Private transport from/to your location/destination in Kanchanaburi
  • Private tour (Not joined by others)
  • Private air conditioned car/minivan
  • Private tour guide (Great local knowledge and good English speaking)
  • All entrance fees
  • Visit Erawan Waterfalls (National Park)
  • Visit Sai Yok National Park
  • Visit Sai Yok Yai Waterfalls
  • Visit Private floating raft
  • Visit Hellfire Pass & Memorial Museum
  • Visit Kayak trip (followed by an experienced guide)
  • Visit Lawa Cave
  • Visit Prasat Mueang Singh Historical Park
  • Visit Krasae Cave
  • Visit Death Railway wooden bridge
  • Visit The Bridge Over River Kwai
  • 4 meals
  • Accommodation (floating bungalow, double room)
  • Coffee break and snacks
  • Drinking water
  • Soft drinks
  • 7% VAT

Reviews from our guests

We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.

About: 1.5-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , France | posted Thu 17 Aug, 2017

The day spent in kao yai was perfect

Ghann was a very nice guide and very interesting

We enjoyed to see the bat in the evening but the waterfall was very crowded ( maybe you should tell that this is very busy during the week end) and we would prefer walking around the bat cave but it wasn't possible

Tour operator's response

Thank you for your comment. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time with our guide.

Indeed, the spring is a busy location. We have mentioned this in our first reply on your inquiry that this location is a touristic hot spot.

Sadly we have no better nature-related alternatives outside the park to combine with the bat cave visit.

Sometimes guests tell us in advance that they are not interested to see this location, in that case it is possible to simply start the tour a bit later and just visit the bat cave area.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , Singapore | posted Tue 15 Aug, 2017

We experienced a whole day safari tour with Night safari. I like the day tour guide. He is very experienced and passionate about wildlife and took good care of us. It is fun having such a tour guide as he always wants to share what he sees and knows about wildlife to us. He speaks fluent English.

The night tour guide is okay however her English isn't as fluent as our day tour guide, so we find it hard to understand what she's trying to say.

Tour operator's response

Thanks for your kind words about our guide.

Just for your information, the park staff that joined on the night drive is not our staff, that's why the 'daytime' guide joined in too.

We have often been in doubt about whether or not to continue offering night safaris in some or our tour itineraries.

The thing is that we are not in full control of the quality of these night drives. Park regulations only allow park staff to operate night drives with spotlight. So visitors and even local tour operators like us are required to do this service with a vehicle from the park with park staff as driver and spotlighting assistant. Direct communication with the park staff is usually difficult, because most do not speak English. That's why our guide joined you to explain more about the animals observed. But our guides have little influence on the quality.

There is a lot of park staff and we just get the driver/ assistant assigned that is next on the list. We can not choose who we get, and not all park staff members are as excited to do such safaris (for some of them it is just work, not a passion). We have no control over the speed of driving and the spotlighting, and we are not always happy with how this is operated.

You may wonder why we anyway decided to continue offering these night safaris. The simple reason is that this is one of the only possibilities in Thailand to see nocturnal wildlife, and even on nights where we were maybe not so happy with the actual driver, we still have seen interesting animals. Just like at some nights with a good driver and assistant we have seen very little; it is after all still wildlife...

We believe it is worth the try, and still better than skipping it. And with a flexible attitude ;-) it can still be an enjoyable activity. We have seen truly rare creatures, and other nights it is mostly deer that steal the show. With a bit of luck civets or porcupines might be encountered, and there are many more creatures, but let's not raise the expectations of future visitors to levels we can not guarantee ;-)

Thank you for joining.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , Singapore | posted Fri 11 Aug, 2017

Hi there,

It was a really nice experience exploring the national park with our guide! I think his nickname is Beer?

Both the driver and Beer are really nice and helpful. They tried to show us as many animals as possible, and Beer is really good at spotting the animals.

We enjoyed ourselves a lot!

Tour operator's response

Thanks Wei Qian for your review!

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , Netherlands | posted Fri 4 Aug, 2017

The 2 day jungle tour we had was amazing! Our guide Jay knew a lot about all the different animals and plants in the forest, and was very enthusiastic about spotting them. With a hike through the jungle in the mornings and waterfall visits in the afternoon, the days were perfectly balanced intensity wise. Drinking water, lunch and snacks were accounted for, so we felt like we were taken care of really well.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Myrthe!

Glad to hear you enjoyed our service. Thanks for sharing.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Italy | posted Fri 4 Aug, 2017

We had a short trip, about six hours, but thanks to our guide Poo and our driver, it was a fantastic trip. They showed us several animals, spiders, small lizards and a scorpion. Our five years son was very happy.

Tour operator's response

Dear Paolo,

Glad to hear that even despite the short time you had, that you were able to see various interesting creatures and enjoy the trip with our guide.

Thanks for booking with us!

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , Norway | posted Wed 2 Aug, 2017

The guided tour was beautiful. The guides were local pine apple farmers who served us the best pine apple we have ever tasted. They spoke English and had great knowledge of the animal life. We saw several Wild elefants and gaurs, some deer and a lot of birds. Everything was well organized and worked without problems.

About: Erawan Waterfall tour from Bangkok

By: , United States | posted Mon 24 Jul, 2017

We LOVED our trip to Erawan National Park! Sea was the best guide! She was really kind and knew so much about the area. It was nice having a real Thai person take us around and explain to us what we were seeing. We loved having lunch with her because she ordered traditional food that we would never have ordered on our own! We highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to experience some of the most beautiful parts of Thailand!

Tour operator's response

Thank you very much for your feedback, much appreciated. Happy to hear you enjoyed your time with Sea. I will pass it on to her.

Hope to welcome you again in Thailand :)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Sat 22 Jul, 2017

We really enjoyed our day long hike. We saw lots of animals because our guide was excellent at spotting them. My only suggestion would be to better explain what our day is going to be like e.g. how long the morning hike is, the different afternoon walks. We got tired after the first hike, but were relieved that the afternoon was much lighter.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , Switzerland | posted Thu 20 Jul, 2017

Apple was an amazing guide with perfect english and was able to explain to us so many facts about not only the park but Thailand in general.

Thanks to his skills and a lucky day we got to see a lot of different animals.

We definitely recommend the visit to the park! Also, if you're already a group of friends we recommend taking a private tour (that's what we did) so you can decide what you want to do and customize the tour a bit with your guide.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Rafik for your feedback.

Glad to hear you had a lucky trip.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Germany | posted Wed 19 Jul, 2017

When making choices around your stay in Bangkok, we can highly recommend to get out of the cultural jungle and see Mother Nature too. If you like to discover animals in their natural habitat, Khao Yai is a great place to do! Our guide Beer (Grylls :-)) was a highly enthusiastic advocate of animals and already after the first kilometer drive spotted a huge water monitor resting on a tree not far from the road. We felt the display was so perfect ( we could make beautiful close-ups) that it was "organized" to make a great first impression on our tour :-). Though we missed the elephants, the trekking in the jungle was a memorable experience. After some time adjusting ourselves to the sounds and lights of the tropical forest, Beer was spotting a pilated gibbon family of five, one of them white. We followed and watched them for some time, then spotted two great hornbills having a breakfast on the trees. Amazing birds, impressive size. During our great thai lunch, we saw a northern pig-tailed macaque visiting our bags in the truck. Later we encountered a barred flying dragon (we do not know how Beer was finding this cc 15 cm small lizard from the car, but let this be his secret), a gaur, several barking deers, another monitor and a huge family of macaques. The day would have not been complete with a stellar tropical rain and the subsequent vivid colors of vegetation, chasing us back from the fantastic 100 m high waterfall. Beer's eyes are incrediable. He spotted an asian wine snake on a tree from 50 meters driving at 25 km/h! Thanks guys for the great day - I probably give up visiting zoos and focus on enjoying animal kingdom exclusively in natural habitat, like your beautiful Khao Yai National Park! Please do your best to preserve it to our grandchildren! Ton, thanks for your flexibility and patience when dealing with our paypal transfer problem!

Tour operator's response

Dear Zsolt,

Thank you for your extensive review of your trip. Felt like being in the jungle while reading it ;-)

And your recommendation to visit true wilderness instead of zoos is a very good one. Surely it might not be as easy to spot animals as in the zoo, but with our experienced guides like Beer you are likely going to see a bunch of interesting creatures, and get to watch them in their home. I have never seen a zoo where e.g. gibbons can truly swing around in high trees like they do in the wild where they belong.

Thank you for booking with us!

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 6,600 to 16,600 THB per person
  • Group size: 1 or more people
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Transport: Car
  • Start: 8 p.m. day-1
  • End: 6 p.m. day-2

What to bring:

  • Hiking or sport shoes
  • Towel
  • Swimming clothing
  • Insect repellent