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Irrawaddy Dolphins

The Irrawaddy Dolphin is one of the most endangered in the world. Their preferred waterways are the coasts estuaries & rivers throughout South East Asia and Northern Australia.

They like the warm shallow coastal waters and sometimes they are found in rivers as far as 1,300 km inland from the sea.

In the Bang Pakong River in Thailand, Irrawaddy Dolphins appear each November and stay until February searching for food, a mate and to give birth to their calves. They follow the pla duk talae or eel catfish into the estuary and it is their main source of food for the next few months.

They are shy and will not swim alongside boats or humans, and when scared can dive underwater for twelve minutes. They are slow to surface and rarely make any splash with their tail to let you know they are there. This reclusive behaviour makes it difficult to count exactly how many dolphins are present.

The dolphins have a special way of eating catfish to avoid injury from the spiny catfish whiskers. One dolphin will seize the fish from the front, holding the head of the fish in the front of its mouth. A second dolphin will then start eating the fish from the tail end. They take it in turns doing this so that all can get their fill of fish.

Catfish heads bobbing in the water is a good sign that the dolphins are around.

Irrawaddy Dolphins Tour (Code:1107)

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THB  11,800.00

THB  12,500.00

THB  14,700.00

THB  18,400.00

THB  19,600.00

THB  21,500.00

THB  22,700.00

THB  25,200.00

THB  28,000.00

THB  30,500.00

THB  33,000.00

THB  36,000.00

This tour is not designed for cruise ship passengers. Exclusive cruise ship tours are available from Klong Toey Port and Laem Chabang Port.

From November to February each year, the murky waters in the estuary of the Bang Pakong River play host to the Irrawaddy dolphin. They come to give birth to their calves and you can see them early in the morning while they are feeding on the eel catfish.

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Tour Programme

06:00 - Pick up from hotel

We'll pick you up from your hotel. Please wait in the lobby.

07:30 - Arrive Bang Pakong River

It's about an hour and a half drive to the river from Bangkok. Take a jacket because the morning breeze is cold on the boat.

08:00 - Boat Trip to River Estuary

Morning is the best time because the water is calmer and the dolphins feed in the morning. This is a nature tour so we cannot guarantee that you will actually see these dolphins. However, every time we have been we have seen them.Read More >

12:00 - Lunch at Pla Loma Restaurant

We'll have lunch once the boat gets back to shore. Take a snack with you if you think you can't last the distance!

13:00 - Return to your hotel

Around 1:00pm we'll start back to Bangkok.

14:30 - Arrive at your hotel

You can expect to be back at your hotel around 4:30pm.

Important Information

This is a nature tour, so we cannot guarantee that you will see these dolphins. Unlike other dolphins, Irrawaddy Dolphins are shy and will not swim alongside boats or humans, and when scared can dive underwater for 12 minutes. So patience is required, but the rewards are wonderful.