A must do excursion for most people visiting Thailand. There are several companies offering elephant trekking locally. The treks take you through some of the stunning local scenery, with rubber plantations or forested areas below, and limestone cliffs above. Each elephant can take up to two passengers, and will be accompanied by the elephant’s mahoot. It is usually possible to feed the elephants at the end of your trek. Treks last for around an hour, and can be organised alone or as part of a half or full day excursion, taking in other activities such as a visit to a fruit farm, the hot springs or a walking jungle trek.
You do not have to be on the back of an elephant to go into the jungle. There are plenty of companies that will organise jungle treks either on foot or indeed by quad bike! They are accompanied by a guide, who can fill you in on the local plant and wildlife as you pass by. There are several national parks in the area, and for the more intrepid it is possible to make a trip over several days. If you just want a taste of what the jungle is like, go for a walk on the nature trail at Wat Tham Seua (see Temples).