Wang Chin Route - 6 days, 5 nights
Lead by expert Dutch biologist Sjon Hauser, this route will start in Chiang Mai OR in the city of Phitsanulok 300 km Southeast of Chiang Mai and subsequently travel 800-1100 km while crossing through much of Northern Thailand in a comfortable minivan. At least four of Thailand’s most interesting national parks will be visited, beside religious, historical and cultural sites and mountain tribe villages in the relatively little known remote areas of the country. There will be no difficult trails to walk, only easy to moderate ones.
Along the route we will get to the summit of highest mountain in Thailand, visit waterfalls, hot-springs and viewpoints, with a little bit luck, in the right period of the year get chance to see sea of mist covering valleys in white from some great view-points.
Mr Hauser has lived in Chiang Mai area for more than 20 years. He is author of dozens of travel related books/publications, has expert knowledge of flora and fauna of Northern Thailand and is an expert in snakes in the region.
This tour is for maximum eight persons.
Day 1; (Bangkok or Chiang Mai) - Phitsanulok - Nakhon Thai
Option 1, Starting in the morning from Chiang Mai - You will meet your tour-leader Sjon Hauser in Chiang Mai for a five hours’ drive to Phitsanulok. The first stop will be the beautiful Wat Phra That Suthon with a giant but elegant Reclining Buddha statue. Before lunch we will also visit a rare shrine where local devotees have offered dozens of wooden phallus to a female spirit. Continuing, we will not visit the town of Phitsanulok, but turn onto the highway to the east and stop at a workplace where truck bands are recicled into trash bins and furniture. In Nakhon Thai, 100 km east of Phitsanulok, we will spend 2 nights in Panya Garden Resort. The resort is surrounded by paddy fields and teak trees.
Option 2, Starting in the afternoon from Phitsanulok - After meeting your tour-leader Sjon Hauser, Phitsanulok’s Wat Yai will be visited, a temple known for its venerated golden Buddha image called Phra Phuttha Chinnarat. Later on we will get to Nakhon Thai (see above).
Day 2; Nakhon Thai - Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park - Nakhon Thai
After an early breakfast we drive to the Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park further east. On the extensive flat top of this mountain we will walk a few short trails through moist evergreen forests. The mountain top was used as a stronghold by communist rebels back in the 1970s. We will visit the remains of their training camp, caves and rock formations which the rebels used as air shelters. A somewhat longer walk leads to the Lan Hin Pum viewpoint with impressive vista over the valley. This is also an ideal place for a picnic style lunch break. After the lunch we will visit a Hmong-village in the national park and later on if we still have time and energy visit a museum about the hectic history of the park or alternatively visit another area with strange rock formations and rare flowering plants.
Day 3; Nakhon Thai - Wang Chin
We will leave the resort and continue to the central parts of the Northern Thailand towards Si Satchanalia Historical Park. We will drive by villages, low hills, mountains and picturesque countryside and stop a few times to visit the morning market of Chat Trakan, and see various crops grown in the fields, see villagers working and observe egrets, storks and some other birds that may be feeding on the muddy fields. We will also stop at a large lotus swamp rich in bird life. We eat lunch on the bank of Yom River next to the Si Satchanalai Historical Park. Subsequently we will explore the park to see the 600 to 700 year old ruins and kilns. Then, we will continue to Punjen Hide Away Resort where you can relax at the swimming pool before dinner. We can spend the evening by an easy night walk along a forest stream in hope to see nocturnal animals.
Day 4; Wang Chin
After breakfast we visit the beautiful Mae Poeng waterfall in the Wiang Kosai National Park. During the peak of the rainy season, access to the waterfall may be restricted and there will be some alternative nature exploring nearby. In the late afternoon, we’ll continue to the west and will have a simple lunch at the market of the small town of Li. Li is the center of veneration of the legendary monk Khruba Si Wichai and if on schedule we may visit a nearby temple to learn more about the life and his temple projects in the 1920s and 1930s. From Li it is a 150-km drive to Mae Chaem, and halfway, near Hot, we’ll stop at impressive erosion formations in the bank of the Ping River. We’ll spend two nights at Mae Chaem’s Navasoung Resort in the foothills of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain.
Day 5; Wang Chin - Thoen - Hot - Mae Chaem
After the breakfast we’ll enter the Doi Inthanon National Park. When we reach the summit at 2565 meters above the sea level we will explore the cloud forest around, known to be home for some very rare birds. On the way down from the summit we will visit the twin Royal Chedis or make a 1-hour walk in dense evergreen forest. Later on we have a simple lunch in a Hmong village. After lunch we visit a royal agricultural project promoting alternative crops among the tribal population. On our way back to Mae Chaem, we visit the impressive, yet little visited Mae Pan Fall which is accessible by a short jungle trail.
Day 6; Mae Chaem - Doi Inthanon - Chiang Mai
In the morning we head for Hot again. We will visit a hot spring and then continue to Op Luang Gorge where the Mae Chaem River has cut a tunnel through the granite rocks. From here we will walk through deciduous forest and see some pre-historic rock paintings and gorgeous lianas hanging on the trees. Lunch will be near the gorge. After lunch we continue to Chiang Mai. Our driver will drive you to your hotel in the city.
The best time of the year for this tour is May to November during the rainy season when the nature is lush with much activity in the paddies and fields.
During the cooler December to January season some concerned areas for this tour may get overcrowded by tourists, this may pose problem for making reservations.
February to April is generally the driest period with very little activity on lower elevations, including agricultural activities.
Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees national parks (a total of 1200 baht per person) and temples
- English speaking guide
- All meals except dinner on day 4 and 5
- Some snacks & fruit
- Drinking water
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Simon Furse, United Kingdom | posted Thu 25 May, 2017
We spent a day with a designated guide. We wanted a private tour which cost about 125 pounds for 2. The booking process was extremely efficient with plenty of information so we knew what to expect. Our guide collected us from the hotel on time (8 am) and returned us at about 4.30. The vehicle was an open backed SUV so not that comfortable but quite ok and high up so good for animal spotting. Our guide was very pleasant and spoke good English. We saw macaque monkeys, gibbons, hornbills, various large lizards and various other birds and a viper. We doubt if we would have been able to spot most of these without a guide so it was definitely worth having one. The guide was enthusiastic about spotting the animals so we didn't feel like daft tourists! He also pointed out notable trees, fungi etc. We went on a short trek right into the rainforest which would not have been possible alone and the guide was very happy to help us with any tricky slopes/climbing over fallen trees etc. We were provided with lunch which was fine. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would recommend using a guide. It's much cheaper if you go in a small group. The next day we went back to the park with just our driver and went on some easy treks recommended by the guide. As we are both around 60 we felt 2 days in the park was about right as some trails are quite demanding. There is a good visitor centre In the park with a food court maps etc and there are plenty of western style loos there and at some trail heads. The scenery in the park is very beautiful.
Tour operator's response – Thank you for your extensive review.
Glad to hear you had a good day.
As you correctly point out about the open-backed pick up trucks that we usually use for the safaris, the quality of wildlife watching and enjoyment of the scenery increases with this type of vehicle. Which more than makes up for the slightly lower level of comfort. It's a jungle safari, not a city trip ;-)
That's the reason why we not make use of a/c minivans for the tours itself. Believe me, you do not want to be trapped in a minivan when the luck is on your side that some elephants show up on the road, but park regulations would not allow you to get out of the vehicle. It would mean you hardly get to see anything, nor be able to photograph the animals. That's when you really wish to be in one of the open-backed pick up trucks with 360 degrees of clear view ;-)
By: Gabriele Verginelli, Italy | posted Wed 17 May, 2017
Very positive Experience. The guide was from the area, so he knew very well the places, the animals, the insects, etc. Him and the driver were also very kind. We have been lucky in meeting almost all the animals of the Park: Macaque (many), Gibbons (they are less), Birds (Hornbill, longtail, etc), Reptiles (Lizard of Mountain and the Chinese dragon Lizard), Barking Deer, Scorpions, Snakes (Pit Viper, Whipsnake), and last but not least a male of Elephant during our way back. Patience (and luck) are critical elements for the success of the trip. We are happy for the choice.
Tour operator's response – Thanks Gabriele! Sounds like you got to see a good selection of wildlife. Thanks for booking our tour.
By: Benno Schot, Netherlands | posted Mon 15 May, 2017
Very nice experience. I did the two day jungle tour. Thanks to the guides (Beer) I saw a lot of annimals that I did not spot myself. What I liked the most was the hiking away from the main trails. Real jungle experience without seeing to many people. Certainly can recommend this
Tour operator's response – Thanks for your review, Benno! Glad to hear the guide showed you the animals you would likely not have found if visiting by yourself. That's what guides are for ;-) You are always welcome to return.
By: Joana Coloma | posted Sat 13 May, 2017
The guided tour was great. Our tour guide was fantastic. From watching the other guides we definitely think we got the best one. He was very informative, knowledgeable and friendly. He went out of his way several times to make the tour wonferful for us. He was our favorite part of the trip. The park is huge and we were able to see plenty of different animals except elephants but that's ok because we experienced so much during the hike. It was very convenient to have a small group and to be separated from other larger groups because it felt more personal. The communication with the company was also very good and the tour guides made us feel safe. Overall amazing day. Would definitely recommend the company to others, especially the tour guide Tata, he's hilarious!
Tour operator's response – Thanks Joana for sharing your experience!
By: Michelle Chng, Singapore | posted Thu 11 May, 2017
Nature guide was very good and experienced. His knowledge allowed us to view animals at appropriate times and even taught us handy photography tips on our handphone cameras!
Tour operator's response – Dear Michelle, Thank you for your kind comments. Good to hear you had a nice day!
By: Jasmine Chua, Singapore | posted Sun 7 May, 2017
Our guide Tata was really passionate in showing us the wildlifes in the park. Sharp in spotting animals, insects and knowledgable on the species~ we had a really great time exploring the wild and felt well taken care! He was very encouraging in getting us close to nature, animals and insects. I would not have the courage to have a scorpion on my arm if not for his encouragement! Could not ask for a better guide than him! Big shout to Tata, thank you! 😊
Tour operator's response – Thanks for your kind words, Jasmine! Sounds like you had an unforgettable trip. You are always welcome to return ;-)
By: Katia, Switzerland | posted Mon 1 May, 2017
We have had a fantastic experience in Khao Yai thanks to our guide! He has a sharp eye to detect animals around us, he knows a lot about the park and he is very friendly. He always picked up our child to show him where to look for animals. I would definitely recommend this tour, even as a 1-day excursion from Bangkok.
Tour operator's response – Dear Katia, Thank you for the kind feedback. Great our guide even tried to do his best to make it enjoyable for the child. Enjoy your travels!
By: Boon huat Koh, Singapore | posted Wed 26 Apr, 2017
Nice guide véry knowledgeable. We opted to skip the 2nd day forest trip as we were too tired the day before. Lucky for that we manage to see the wild elephant on the way to see the crocodile. The night safari trip is a bit disappointing. Overall the trip is ok but can be improve as the pictures seems to give us a higher expectation.
Tour operator's response – Dear Boon Huat Koh, Thank you for your review. Your comments give us a good opportunity to explain future guests how wildlife watching in the dense jungles works and what can be expected, or better, what you should not expect ;-) We talked with our guide and sounds like you got to see all the animals shown on the tour package page (not that we have ever guaranteed these, because we simply can not!), but not sure what gave you the higher expectations on which you say we need to improve. On a wildlife tour you never know what you will see. It is not a zoo where one can guarantee what will be seen. That's why it is exciting and fun. But we also know that especially for people with not much experience in the jungles, it is hard to know what to expect. Even though we consider the Thai jungles to be some of the most exciting places in the world for wildlife watching, it is at the same time one of the hardest environments for wildlife watching. The only thing we can really guarantee are trees ;-) And it are often those trees that hide the wildlife from sight. An elephant can be less than 10m away but totally hidden from view in these dense jungles. The images on the website are taken in the park, and are therefore not misleading, but are an example of what can be seen in the park. On every tour our guests get to see various types of wild animals ranging from mammals to birds and reptiles. You will never know what will be seen today, but there has never been a day that nothing has been sighted. As mentioned in the correspondence, the iconic species of the park - the Asian Elephant - is certainly no guarantee. Kui Buri national park offers a much better chance for wild elephants. However that does not mean they are uncommon in Khao Yai. It's just that they are not sighted every day. And even if they are seen by others, that does not mean you have the same luck. The park is huge, we can not be everywhere at the same time. So in the end you have been very fortunate with your elephant sighting. We have done 4-day tours in the park without seeing a single elephant. And I can assure that this certainly has nothing to do with a lack of spotting skills or experience of the guide ;-) As you noticed, our guides are very knowledgable and are almost daily in the park. We have carefully selected our guides, one of the first important skills besides their personal passion for wildlife is the skilled eye to spot animals. They know the place like no other and will go out of their way to help you see as much diversity as possible. But they can only do so much. If the animals do not want to be seen, there is nothing more we can do. That's as simple as it is. It's still for a large part the luck of the day (and night). The same counts for the night safari. We've seen amazing creatures on these night safaris, but not every night is the same. Sadly, this particular activity is controlled by the park staff, we have very little influence on the quality. The route is fixed and the park staff drive the car and usually operate the spotlight. We can not choose which driver we get. There have been plenty of moments where we would have loved to be behind the wheel and spotlight ourself to increase the quality. But the rules do not allow us to do so. You may ask, why would we still offer it if we have no control and are not always happy with how it is operated? The answer is simple. Even on night drives with a driver going a tad too fast for our liking, or with a less-skilled spotlighting assistant we have still managed to see interesting animals that would not be seen in daytime. It's a rare glimpse in the nocturnal wildlife of the park. Surely not every night safari is fruitful, but if we would have to cut out every activity from our itineraries that occasionally has no success in spotting any wildlife, it would mean we could quit offering any of the tour activities, haha. Sometimes we see nothing on a hike, or nothing on a daytime safari drive, or nothing near the falls, or nothing on a night drive. The next day the some of the same activities might be very successful. Time is the key to success. That's why we recommend at least 2 days in the park. Like in your case, you would not have seen the elephant or crocodile if you'd only done a 1-day trip. Hopefully next time you will have a better idea of what to expect from a jungle tour ;-)
By: Monika Bohe, Switzerland | posted Mon 24 Apr, 2017
We spend two exciting days with our guide Jay. He show us many Birds, trees, a snake and two Elefants. Thank you!
Tour operator's response – Thanks Monika for joining our tour ;-)
By: Rachel Tostevin, United Kingdom | posted Sun 23 Apr, 2017
I just wanted to say thank you for our tour. It was all good. Great to see elephants in the national park and our tour guide was just the best - going out of her way to show us things that would interest us, and showing us the local area as well as the national park. Please pass on a special thank you to her.
By: Karen Maxwell, United States | posted Sun 23 Apr, 2017
Five Star all the way! We absolutely loved our stay at Baan Rai Kongmum Farm Resort - such as magical place! Excellent breakfast, comfortable/clean rooms, stunning views from the porch. We had to buy some beer just to sit out on the porch and 'listen' to the mountains. Our guide to Kui Buri, Soom, was fantastic. As a fellow Master Naturalist, I would love to come over and work with her on the treks, providing the English names to the flora we saw on our trek. The trip from the guest house to the Park was exhilarating in the open air truck. The local pad thai dinner down the road from the guest house was simply the best we experienced in Thailand - or maybe it was the full moon and mountain atmosphere? We saw so many elephants, guar, deer and even a bentang. I would recommend this tour to anyone without hesitation. I also appreciated the candor of the Tontan Tour regarding the free cabins in the park. We did visit them and are glad, in fact extremely happy, we opted for the Baan Rai Kongmun resort on the edge of the Park. We have lots of pictures and would be happy to post on Face book if you like. Thank you! You delivered an outstanding adventure!!!
Tour operator's response – Dear Karen, Thank you for your great review. Sounds like you indeed had a great trip. Even a Banteng sighting, that's rare. Only a few individuals are known to occur in the park and these are not frequently encountered. Thank you for taking the time to sent this extensive review!
By: John Levell, United Kingdom | posted Sat 22 Apr, 2017
My wife and I had the most amazing visits to, Doi Inthanon and Khao Yai. Whilst being very different in nature we thoroughly enjoyed each day and would wholeheartedly recommend them. The guides and drivers on all occasions were knowledgeable and very professional answering all our needs and questions. The Doi Inthanon day provided a glimpse of the society of the hills and the historical development of this beautiful area of Northern Thailand. The Khao Yai day was aimed at the wonderful natural history and a more successful day could not have been envisaged. We saw Great hornbill, wild elephant, Gibbon, Macaque, Porcupine on the night safari and many more wonderful creatures. Unfortunately I am unable to remember the names of the guides and drivers but they all deserve a big well done for their efforts.
By: Nathalie Collas, Belgium | posted Mon 17 Apr, 2017
We made the Kui Buri overnight elephant tour on the 3rd and 4th April 2017. We spent an amazing moment with our guide who was really great. We saw many elephants, birds and other wild animals. We learnt many things about elephants and their way of life. It was the best moment of our holidays !!! Thank you very much !!
Tour operator's response – Always great to hear that our tours have turned out to be the highlight of the holiday ;-) Thanks for taking the time to write to us!
By: Kris Cuypers, Belgium | posted Sun 16 Apr, 2017
Everything was well organized. Great guide who let us see things that we never could discover in the woods of Khao Yai.
Tour operator's response – Thanks, Kris!
By: Matilde Barroso, Thailand | posted Sat 15 Apr, 2017
Dear Sir The trip with the guide in the National Park was an amazing adventure for all the family. We really appreciate the knowledge shown for our guide of the environment and also for the living creatures. Was a pleasure for us spent time with both of them and enjoy the stunning Khao Yai Nature by them hands. Thank you very much for everything. For sure we will see you again in another trip. Best Regards
Tour operator's response – Thank you! You are always welcome to return ;-)
By: Marcia Butler, United States | posted Mon 10 Apr, 2017
What little we could do of our trip we enjoyed. We weren't able to hike at all or visit one of the villages because I got very sick that morning and we had to return home. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to reschedule for the next day because local tribal guides had already been deployed and needed to be paid. We understand and accept this. The two hours we were able to spend with our guide Dui were pleasant and we really liked him and the driver. We were disappointed we weren't able to do the hiking and complete our entire day. We hope to return some day. Thank you.
By: Emma Suckling, United Kingdom | posted Sun 9 Apr, 2017
Our day and night safari was amazing! We were so lucky to see so many animals but even if we hadn't, the scenery alone is spectacular. Our guide was really attentive, knowledgable and great fun and so please pass on a huge thank you and our greatest praise to him. The whole day has been the highlight of our trip and we were so pleased that we had the guide that we did - we feel that we got an extra special experience because he spotted the wildlife so well, including a bird of prey sat in a tree miles away (we couldn't see it at all until we looked through the scope) and a scorpion crossing the road! He also helped us take some great photos. Thank you!
Tour operator's response – Thank you for your great review! Next time you are welcome to try one of our multi-day packages ;-)
By: IAN ABBOTT | posted Thu 6 Apr, 2017
The trip was very good - our guide was very knowledgeable and excellent company for the trip which unfortunately was restricted later in the day by heavy rain. During the trip we took a 2hour journey on foot and took in some marvellous sights we will remember for a long time! Trip is suitable for complete novices through to those experienced in wildlife and the outdoors. Thoroughly recommended, Ian & Mai.
Tour operator's response – Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you had a good trip despite the weather.
By: DAMIEN BARBEY, France | posted Tue 4 Apr, 2017
Sawasdee, We are really happy and satisfyed by our trip, the guide was very kind and very implicated in her job and gave us many informations about the park and wild life. She seemed to be very found of wild life also. All staff was very pleasant, good organization. We will recomand the tour to people we know. Thank you so much for this experience ! Best regards Damien and Dominique
By: Joshua Segel, United States | posted Sat 1 Apr, 2017
It was great! We had such a good guide who really made it a great day. Next time hopefully we see elephants!
Tour operator's response – Elephants are not uncommon in Khao Yai either, quite a few of our guests get lucky, but they are not seen on a daily basis. Even several days could go by without any elephant sightings. So we also have enough guests that never get to see one.
Tour operator's response – Thanks for your feedback! You are more than welcome to return. ;-) And a tip! If you are interested in wild elephants, perhaps you could try Kui Buri national park on your next trip. As we mentioned in the correspondence prior booking, Kui Buri offers a much higher chance for elephants than Khao Yai. Nothing is guaranteed in nature when it comes to wildlife, but so far I remember only one group that booked with us that was unlucky in Kui Buri. On all other afternoon safaris and overnight trips elephants were sighted.
By: Matan Lalush | posted Fri 31 Mar, 2017
I enjoyed these two days very much. My guide on the second day was excellent, professional and really added a lot to the trip. I loved the authenticity and the amount of animals I saw. I also had the right to choose not to go to the waterfall. The first day was very interesting, especially with the bats. In summary, I had a great experience
Tour operator's response – Thanks Matan for your review. Good to hear you enjoyed your trip with us!
By: Karyn & Noah Marciniak, United States | posted Mon 27 Mar, 2017
We had an amazing 2-day tour experience! We can't overstate how much it exceeded our expectations! We ended up seeing every single thing that was promised, and so much more including tons of animals and birds. Our guide was excellent and knew the answers to all our questions. We ate great food and the tour was adjusted to accommodate the types of things we wanted to see. We would recommend this tour to everyone!
Tour operator's response – We're happy to read your positive review. That's what we are doing it for, to make the guests have a great time. You are always welcome to return ;-)
By: Laura Castelli, United States | posted Tue 21 Mar, 2017
Booking this tour was a great decision. It was so easy and so much fun. We were picked up at our hostel in Pak Chong and driven to the park. It was just us and our guide/driver. We got to see every inch of Khao Yai, run after gibbons, spot different birds, and even do a night safari where we saw elephants! We felt very safe and taken care of- great value and the passion of our guide (Tata) only made it better. Thank so much- we will definitely be recommending to any friends heading that way!
Tour operator's response – Thanks Laura for your kind words!
By: Reka Kangyal | posted Thu 16 Mar, 2017
We had a really great time, and our tour leader made his best to show us as much as possible within one day. Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience!
Tour operator's response – Thanks for your kind words!
By: Chanda Jakusz, United States | posted Wed 15 Mar, 2017
Tata and Boo were my guides for the day. This trip exceeded my expectations. Tata and Boo knew just were to go to show us various wildlife. I marveled at Tata's skill with bird calls, and really appreciated all that I learned. They both clearly cared about the park and the animals. That shone through. It's not just a job. I will definitely recommend this to others and will name these two for reference.
Tour operator's response – Dear Chanda, Thank you for taking the time to sent us your review. And great to hear our guides did their 'job' well ;-) The passion for the nature and wildlife is the first and most important quality we look for in a guide. The guests will feel that, and it is 'contagious' ;-) Thanks for booking with us!
By: Cindy Lembré, France | posted Sun 12 Mar, 2017
Hello. It cas an amazing safari. The guide speak perfectly english. We are happé!
Tour operator's response – Thanks Cindy!
By: Ralph Paul Maguire | posted Thu 9 Mar, 2017
A really peaceful day in nature. Jay is an excellent interpreter of the wildlife in the park and we so enjoyed the trek. Without a guide it would be very difficult to navigate and to find the animals and birds. One thing that could help to make the trip even more memorable were if Jay's long lens photos were available. I wholeheartedly recommend others to book the tour with Jay and believe it can be adjusted to all levels of interest.
Tour operator's response – Thanks Ralph Paul for your kind words. Glad to hear you had a lovely day!
By: Pascaline Denblyden, Canada | posted Mon 6 Mar, 2017
This is one of the best nature tour I have taken, not only because the animals were gracious enough to greet us. Our guide Tata was excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, open, and Michel more. Tks Tata for making my last days in Thailand so enjoyable. Hoping to welcome you one day in Vancouver.
Tour operator's response – Thanks Pascaline! Sounds like our guide did a great job again (as always ;-) ). If you ever return to Thailand you know where to find us.
By: Wendy Johnson, United Kingdom | posted Sun 5 Mar, 2017
Good morning . We have just returned to the UK after a two week holiday in Thailand , we spent two days one night doing the Kui Buri overnight elephant tour . What an experience it was truly one of the highlights of our holiday! A very professional team give us an insight into the world of wild elephants , the walk on the second day was fantastic. I would like to say a big thank you to all involved. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wishing to see how the community and wild elephants can live side by side, it was inspirational.
Tour operator's response – Thanks Wendy for these kind words. We are happy to hear the tour inspired you. Kui Buri is a great example how tourism can help conservation. Best wishes!
By: Stefanie & Bieke, Belgium | posted Mon 27 Feb, 2017
We booked our trip for Kao Yai for friday 24th. Communication during booking was very clear. We asked to do the trip with other people; to reduce the costs, which wasn't a problem. Our guide (Tata or Tantan, don't know how to write it), came to pick us up at our hotel; which was very easy. On our way into the park; we already saw a few makaaks and the great hornbill. We picked up a German couple; they we're really cool. In the morning we went for a 2,5h hike. Tata was really passionate about nature. He was funny; answered questions and said some really interesting cool stuff. He knew the hiding hole of a scorpion; which he triggered and then put on our hands; he had an eye for detail and showed us the birds and the reptiles, etc. We even saw the crocodile in the water! Lunch was really good; where we saw the waterfall. In the afternoon we went on a chase with the car because they were signs that one of the male elephants was spotted; so we actually saw him! Checking a wild elephant; crossed off of our bucket list! Then we went to visit the scenery; which was a beauuuutiful view of the park; were we saw some sort of wild Thai goats that all of the sudden with a lot or noise showed up. The trip was really unforgettable and was one of the highlights of Thailand; I'd recommend it to everybody!!
Tour operator's response – Dear Stefanie & Bieke, Thank you for your kind feedback. We are happy to hear you seem to have had a great experience. Even seen an elephant and the rare Indochinese Serow (the mountain goat). Very lucky for just a one day visit. We will thank our guide Tata in name of you! Thanks!
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
- Type: Private tour
- Price: (on request)
- Group size: 1 to 8 people
- Grade: Easy to moderate
- Transport: Air-conditioned minivan
- Start: 8 a.m. (Day 1) from Chiang Mai or about 2.00 p.m. from Phitsanulok
- End: 5.00 p.m. (Day 6)
What to bring:
- Long trousers
- Rain clothing
- Sweater or light jacket
- Hiking or sport shoes
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion