3-days wildlife tour in Huai Kha Khaeng
Located on a zone with mix of four different biogeographic zone, Huai Kha Khaeng is home to many endangered and endemic species. It's the best protected area in the country, the area where it is located is the largest protected area in entire mainland Southeast Asia. Adding the fact that the sanctuary is not known much by local or foreign tourists makes it a highly interesting destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
The sanctuary is not for the typical tourist, it's for pure wildlife watching, there aren't any relaxing attractions. If that's what you are after, our wildlife tour in Huai Kha Khaen is the perfect choise!
Our wildlife tours are private, includes safari drives, hiking in the jungle and patiently waiting at wildlife observation towers. The sanctuary regulations restricts any activities after sunset so we won't be able to offer any night safaris.
The itinerary below is only an example. The program may change depending on your interests or how much time spend on different locations.
Day 1 - Start from 6:30 a.m.
The tour will start with a slow safari drive into the park in search for wildlife. After a short hiking we will reach a wildlife watchtower with good view over the riverbank of the main river and spend the morning there. Later on we will continue with a slow safari drive towards the park restaurant for lunch and enjoy the local birdlife.
Our tour is available for limited group sizes only. We only offer tours of multiple days.
We will spend the afternoon by visiting another watch tower and finish the day by a late afternoon safari drive out from the sanctuary and take you to tents on the designated campground.
We will start the morning with a slow safari drive and continue by foot in jungle in search for primates and other animals. Afther the lunch we'll do another safari drive and spent the rest of the afternoon in a watchtower.
We will start the day with a visit to a watchtower for another stake out. We may do another short hiking or slow safari drive and end the tour at 2 p.m.
When & where?
Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary lies 320km from Bangkok in Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani provinces in the west of Thailand. Our 3 day tour start from Uthai Thani or if booked in combination with a multi-day tour in Khao Yai National Park, we offer free transport between Khao Yai and Huai Kha Khaeng.
The sanctuary is open year-round. The best time to visit is towards the end of the cool and dry winter months when temperatures start to rise, causing water levels to decreasing and forcing wildlife to seek water streams.
This is a private tour. You will explore the park with a private guide, and no others will join you; the best way to explore nature!
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Tour rates include:
- Camping (2 nights)
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- All meals
- Snacks & fruit
- Drinking water
- Leech protection socks
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Jill Drollon, France | posted Tue 21 Nov, 2017
best place in Thailand ! we saw lots of animals, and our guide tata was great and professional. the only negative point was the fact that personal cars / vehicles shouldn't be allowed in the park, because people drive like crazy and they could hurt animals...
Tour operator's response
Thanks Jill for your kind review about our tour!
And about your other note.
We also hope that the park authorities will start enforcing the rules. Speeding is a major problem in Khao Yai because the road is of good quality. A bumbpy road with potholes would be much better ;-) . Lots of wildlife gets killed by speeding cars. Every now and then it reaches the news, but no proper measures are taken.
Though actually we think it requires a change of the rules, because the current max speed is 60 km/h which is too fast for a park like this. 40km/h like in e.g. Kaeng Krachan national park should be the max limit.
But of course that will only work if the perpetrators are fined accordingly. And that should include the park staff themselves who are often the worst violators. (but that is also the reason why nothing will happen :( )
Instead, tour businesses have been fined for stopping on the road when watching for wildlife... the world upside down.
In a sense it is good to see that so many locals are visiting and enjoying the parks, but some education is needed to make people understand that visiting a park means entering the home of the animals and therefore people should respect the animals and the rules to prevent accidents from happening. Let's hope this will change in the future.
Thanks for sharing!
By: Bianca, United States | posted Tue 21 Nov, 2017
Our Day Trip to Erawan National Park included the waterfall hike, a tour of Mueang Sung National Park, and a walk over Bridge over the River Kwai. It originally included a tour of a cave but we took extra time exploring the waterfalls so we decided to skip the cave to have more time at the other locations.
Our pick up was timely and our guide Mod was extremely friendly!
Hiking up Erawan Waterfalls was a beautiful experience, Mod let us take our time, to enjoy the waterfalls, take as many pictures as we wanted, provided water, and gave us a great estimate of how long it would take us to get to the top. We had lunch together at a local restaurant including pad thai, chicken, rice, fresh fruit and drinks (if you want more, you can ask for more, free of charge). The food was not spicy.
We opted out of the underground cave because it was steeper than the waterfalls, and we were pretty tired. We also wanted to have plenty of time for the other activities. (Be aware - your shoes will get wet! It rained the morning we went so there was a lot of water. After tier 5, you have to walk through some of the water)
The Historical park was rather small, but worth a visit if you enjoy learning the history behind ruins.
The walk over the bridge was also nice, we walked to a Chinese temple on the other side and had some time to explore that as well.
My highlight of the trip was definitely the waterfall hike and getting to talk to Mod about Thai culture, life and tips for the rest of my trip. Would definitely do this agian!! But maybe for another park.
By: Allison Wells, United States | posted Sun 19 Nov, 2017
Our guides were very knowledgeable and we got to see lots of elephants! Great trip!
By: Stephen Healey, United Kingdom | posted Sat 18 Nov, 2017
Had a great time doing the half day elephant trip.
Picked up on time from hotel & before we knew it we had arrived at the park. Greeted with fresh fruit, banana chips & pineapple juice.
Introduced to our guide & his assistant & off we went. We were lucky enough to see a family of 7 elephants going about there business, & the knowledgeable guide pointed out numerous birds, lizards & other wildlife along the way.
Must say, it was worth paying the extra to do this to guarantee an English speaking guide & our own private truck without having to share with anyone else.
Many thanks for a great time.
Tour operator's response
We are happy to hear you had a successful trip and enjoyed our services.
By: Kim Morris, United States | posted Sat 18 Nov, 2017
I greatly enjoyed my experience at Khao Yai National Park. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the local flaura and fauna, and did an excellent job of pointing out wildlife for our group to see. The park was beautiful and I would definitely recommend visiting if you are traveling near Bangkok!
Tour operator's response
Thanks for sharing your experience Kim!
Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip.
By: Michel Oudoul, France | posted Fri 17 Nov, 2017
We had 2 great days. The park is beautiful and our guide Tata was great. Without him we would not have been able to enjoy and see all the animals he made us discover. by his action, we had the chance and happiness to see a group of about twenty elephants. It was fantastic.
I put the video that I could make elephants on my facebook and more than 200 people loved and asked where and a lot of information.
Our only criticism concerns the vehicles of the park for the safari of night which are not sufficiently well equipped in projector.
We keep a wonderfull memory of the park and guideTata
Tour operator's response
Thanks for your kind review.
Glad to hear you had a great time.
The night safari has often been a reason of debate within our organization. It is the only part of the tour for which the quality is not in our hands because we are not allowed to operate this by ourselves.
We have to rent the park rangers as driver and assistant for this. And sadly they are often not as skilled and willing to properly conduct the safari. Our guide can only join and help with explanation but we have no influence on the route and driving speed or the vehicle/ equipment quality.
You may wonder why we anyhow have decided to keep this activity in our itineraries. The reason is simply because even on nights that we were not happy with the service delivered we have been able to see interesting nocturnal wildlife which is impossible to see in daytime. Of course it is nature, so just like in daytime, it also depends on luck in the evening to get interesting sightings, but we believe it is still worth the try.
We wish we could operate this by ourselves and do it all properly in same line as the rest of our tour, but sadly park regulations are against us.
But thanks for sharing your criticism. Who knows we will decide otherwise on continuing offering night safaris in the future.
By: Elke Matthijs, Belgium | posted Tue 14 Nov, 2017
It was a perfect 1.5 day trip in the Khao Yai National Park.
Our guides were super friendly. They knew the area very well and tried their best to give us a wonderful time.
The bat cave was very impressive.
The walk through the forest was also very nice.
We didn't get to see any wilde elephants... Unfortunately, but that is something that you cannot know up front.
We enjoyed the trip very much and would recommend it to anyone else visiting the area :)
By: Yuk Tong Ma, Hong Kong | posted Sun 12 Nov, 2017
We went to Khao Yai National Park on 9 Nov 2017. Our guide was very helpful, and found many animals for us such as elephant, gibbon, squirrel, barking deer, sambar deer, Chinese water dragon, gliding lizard, water monitor, crocodile, green pit viper, porcupine, oriole, hornbill, owl and many others. In the jungle, our guide also introduced many plants to us, and told us which plants can be used to make tom yum goong, cure diseases, repel mosquitoes and so on. The weather on that day was very good. We could see beautiful waterfall and fantastic view at Pa Deo Dai Cliffs.
By: Yvonne, Germany | posted Fri 10 Nov, 2017
We spent a wonderful day in the national park. Our guide had a good knowledge about animals and plants which we highly appreciated. Moreover, he was very endeavored to show us an elephant. Finally, the day was well organized and we can recommend this tour.
By: Stephan Balle, Switzerland | posted Mon 6 Nov, 2017
We did enjoy a wonderful time in the Khao Yai National Park and were well guided through by our professional guide who should some magnificent views of small spots out in the environment even we been not that lucky seeing lots of different species due the circumstances of quite heavy wind, but I guess that is how nature sometimes can be, unpredictable.
We did enjoy the very private and good organized tour and hope we will be able to catch up again
Tour operator's response
Thank you for your review.
Yes nature is indeed unpredictable and weather conditions can sometimes work against us.
Wind is a particularly annoying one, because due to the wind it will be impossible to hear movements of animals, or notice dropping of fruits, and it even could make it harder to hear animal calls. Often it is our ears, especially on a jungle hike, that are most important. Often enough the animals are not directly visible yet due to leaf cover, but perhaps when eating they drop a fruit, or they jump on a branch and therefore create a noise. That will alert the guide to look and hopefully discover what made the noise. But that is hard to notice when it is windy and fruits drop simply by the wind, or branches rustle by the wind.
Heavy wind is not too common in the Thai jungles, but every now and then it happens.
But hopefully you enjoyed your time even despite the low number of species.
Thank you for booking with us, and you are welcome to give it a try again in the future.
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 3 day(s)
- Type: Private tour
- Price: 6,000 THB -16,600 THB per person
- Group size: 1 - 4 people
- Grade: Easy to moderate
- Transport: Safari truck
- Start: 6:30 a.m.
- End: 2 p.m. (last day)
What to bring:
- Long trousers
- Rain clothing
- Hiking or sport shoes
- Photo camera
- Insect repellent
- Hat or cap
- Sunblock lotion