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To see BOTH elephants and tigers, most people join a random group of people visiting all sorts of various sights that day. Shop around, asking different operators in the Khao San neighborhoods for what is wanted. During April of 2010 the best deal found was 650 baht per person (about $20 USD) while the most expensive cost 2200 baht, both of which included lunch (a light fare of rice and chicken dishes served buffet style. Sodas and beers had to be bought individually).
During the same time period ticketed entry to the tiger temple was 500 baht per person (either included in the package price or paid at the gate, depending). Visitors should wear comfortable clothing and check the weather prior. An umbrella might be needed. The basic itinerary is: 2 hour minibus ride out to the War Cemetary, Death Museum and a walk around of the Bridge Over the River Kwai. Many tour companies operate with overlapping schedules, so from there, several people are often switched onto various other minibuses- some people want to ride elephants while others are headed for the train. After lunch this shift happens again to accomodate people going to a local waterfall and/or to the Tiger Temple to pet and take pictures of the cats. NOTE: Clothing is important there: some colors are not permitted and legs and shoulders should be covered. Generally speaking, an hour is a comfortable time to spend with the big cats before returning to Bangkok (approximately a 2 hour ride).