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Buddha Cave Temple, Elephant Safari and White Water Rafting, Phuket

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Key Highlights

  • Trek through lush forest on elephant back
  • Learn about the Golden Buddha that was lost and found again
  • Swim in cool refreshing river waters in the jungle
  • Enjoy the thrill of rafting down a beautiful river fringed with tropical plants
  • Delicious lunch included
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx 9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0745h (07:45am). Please plan to meet your tour guide in your hotel lobby at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time
    Duration: Approx 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel lobby in Phuket.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped back at your hotel after the tour

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Visit a Golden Buddha with an incredible story of loss and discovery to tell. Come nose-to-trunk with amiable elephants. Feel like the Thai kings of old when you pad through lush jungle on elephant back.

    See colorful birds flying through the canopy and cheeky monkeys bounding from branch to branch. Admire the spectacular scenery of steep limestone cliffs covered in tropical greenery.

    Enjoy a sumptuous lunch before strolling through the forest to a sparkling waterfall. Take a refreshing dip before embarking on a thrilling white-water rafting expedition with an expert guide.

    This is a family friendly adventure that will be a blast from start to finish.


    For your exciting White Water Rafting and Waterfall Visit from Phuket you will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned minivan at around 0745h (07:45am).

    Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will head to Phang Nga province. Your first stop is at Wat Tham Suwan Khoo Har (Buddha Cave Temple) to view the 15 meter long Reclining Buddha image.

    This incredible golden statue was once covered with layers of plaster to disguise it from invading armies. Later everybody forgot about the precious Buddha and it remained covered in its coating until one day the plaster was accidentally chipped, revealing the shining gold beneath. Pieces of the old plaster are now displayed next to the statue.

    Next, you will proceed to the elephant camp where you will meet and greet the delightful elephants. You will enjoy an elephant trek through deep green jungle – a magical experience.

    Lunch will then be served – a delicious spread of traditional Thai dishes, specially cooked so they are not too spicy.

    After lunch you can talk a short walk to a cool refreshing waterfall. You may be tempted to have an invigorating swim in the clear waters.

    Next on the agenda is a training session with a river guide to get you ready for the 5 kilometers (3 miles) rafting excursion.

    Enjoy the special thrill of white-water rafting in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable. Watch out for wildlife on the banks as you plunge down the rapids and float over the pools.

    At the end of the all-day adventure tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Phuket.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a minivan
    • English-speaking guide
    • Elephant trekking
    • White-water rafting tour
    • Life jackets
    • All admission/ fees
    • Thai & Western Style set lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please contact the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to your tour date to ensure your reservation and confirm your pick-up location and time. (You do not need to dial 011 to contact the activity operator when dialing from within Thailand.)

    On the day of your tour, plan to meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

    Please present your tour voucher to the guide before starting the tour.

    Pick up outside the center of Phuket (for example Layan, Nai Thon, Nai Yang, Mai Khao Beach, Paresa Hotel at Kamala Beach and Westin Siray Bay Resort Maple) is possible at an extra charge. Please contact the local activity operator’s office for pick up time and extra charge if any

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    The local activity operator is covered by insurance as per the regulations of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

  • reviews
    • Full of Fun!

      A fun-filled day with an excellent guide. The white water rafting is especially exciting!...

      Ravi V Shankar, India, 05/Sep/2013
    • Some amazing things seen and done

      The only fault really was in the lunch as it was all Thai food, there was no western option as advertised, otherwise the tour was brilliant, although we were more or less driven...

      Mr Samuel J Snook, United Kingdom, 10/Sep/2012
    • Lots of fun, not as organized as expected

      Tons of people there, the white water rafting was packed, not as fast paced as expected, kind of crowded. Still had a great time though, that is all part of the fun. Waterfall is...

      Deborah McDermott, Canada, 30/Oct/2012
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