Thai National Parks

Private Tour | Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

Kui Buri National Park is known to be the best place in Thailand to spot elephants and relatively good chanse to spot gaurs, and that sometimes in big herds. Gaurs are the biggest cattle species and the fourth biggest land-mammal species in the world. Other possible sightings during the tours include sambar deer, banteng and wild boar.

What?

Due to strict regulations this half-day wildlife safari tour doesn't include any hiking activities apart from leaving the vehicle for short walks to viewing areas, we will only be allowed to do safari driving. During our tour we scan the forest edges on grassland areas known to be prime elephant habitat in hope to see mainly elephants and/or gaurs.

Tour itinerary

From 2:30 p.m. till 6 p.m.

Wildlife tours in Kui Buri National Park are strickly regulated and limited to certain hours. After a mandatory registration we will get assigned an open-air vehicle with driver and an assistant. The tour will begin by driving slowly into the reserve on the main dirt road north heading to the main grassland areas. While driving slowly, we will search for any wildlife including birds or any other other smaller as well as bigger animals. Our first stop will be a viewing area where we leave the vehicle in hope to spot wildlife, mainly elephants. We will later on continue to the next viewing area at the end of the road, best known for spotting gaurs, but also elephants and sometimes bantengs.

During the tour, your guide will give you information about the habitat, wildlife and history of the park.

The type of assigned vehicles is open-air pick-up truck driven by locals. It is the Kui Buri National Park's policy to let locals do the driving, a policy that showed to be a success in reducing the poaching in the park.

Where & When?

Kui Buri National Park lies at about 1.5 hours driving from Hua Hin and nearly 4 hours from Bangkok. We can offer private transfers from Bangkok, Hua Hin or other destinations. The park is open all year round.

How much?

These half-day safaris are private tours, please send an inquiry for rates.

Pax Rate per person
1 3,500 THB
2 2,000 THB
3 1,600 THB
4 1,300 THB
5 1,200 THB
6 1,150 THB
7 1,100 THB
8 1,050 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Drinking water

Reviews from our guests

We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.

Rated 4.74/5 based on 80 customer reviews

By: | posted Wed 12 Feb, 2020

5/5 stars

Kui Buri National Park surpassed expectations. The pick up from the hotel was seamless. The safari guide was exceptional.

By: | posted Wed 5 Feb, 2020

2/5 stars

Kui Buri National Park: unfortunately we didn't see any elephants nor any other animals except very few birds..... tour guide ok - but we would not go again... better visit the zoo....

Tour operator's response

Dear Hans,

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you had no luck with the elephants. It's sad it had to happen to you, but it's good we (and especially those who read this page that intend to book) are reminded again that even Kui Buri offers no 100% guarantees. Even with the amount of experience we have in other national parks of Thailand, knowing very well how unpredictable wildlife can be, we sometimes forget that even the elephants in Kui Buri can at times decide to stay hidden. You are the first in the list of currently 69 reviews on this page that did not see elephants. And from memory, I think you are the second group in all the years that we offer tours in Kui Buri (since June 2015) that missed out. Surely not all our guests have seen big numbers, some days it might only be one lonesome bull elephant, but next day there might be several large herds adding up to over 30 elephants. Sometimes they only allow distant views, other times they come right up to the vehicle. It's nature, and sadly we were reminded about that again after your trip. If also the Gaur stayed out of view, I'd think something must have been 'in the air'.

Hopefully you have better luck on future wildlife watching trips!

So, thank you for sharing your experience.

By: | posted Mon 3 Feb, 2020

4/5 stars

It was enjoyable though we could not see many of wildlife.

If you want to enjoy full of hours are opening National Park, you'd better book from this site. English spoken Guide has knowledge about national park and wildlife.

By: | posted Thu 30 Jan, 2020

4/5 stars

Soam, our guide, she was perfect to us. She did her job really good and we feel that she has a high level knowledge about this park. Her english was good understandable and she brought also water and some kind of juices.

Our expectations were fully meted.

The Elephants are wild and free. We were happy to see that. And thanks a lot for your work.

By: | posted Fri 10 Jan, 2020

5/5 stars

Great excursion! Our guides were ready when we arrived. They were very nice and friendly and knowledgeable. We saw elephants at several sites and they always stopped and were patient. Also saw barking deer.

By: | posted Thu 9 Jan, 2020

5/5 stars

We had a fantastic afternoon in Kui Buri where we saw over 40 elephants in 5 families across three locations. Our guide was excellent , not only spotting elephants that we would probably not have seen ourselves but also informing us about both the elephants and other flora and fauna in the park. Most importantly we were allowed as much time as we wanted to view the elephants. Our trip to Kui Buri was one of the highlights of our Thai holiday.

By: | posted Mon 30 Dec, 2019

5/5 stars

We had an unforgettably beautiful day at Kui Buri on our wildlife tour. Our guide, Khun Som, spoke great English, was charming, informative and wonderfully patient, allowing plenty of time for my elderly mother to walk slowly to the viewing spots. She paced the tour beautifully, letting it all unfold and stopping to observe, noticing and showing us things that we would not otherwise have seen, like a group of wild boar lurking in the mist as evening fell. We saw several elephants, and it was wonderful to see them in the wild and to hear Som's explanation of how the herd lives. This is the perfect way to encounter elephants in Thailand: in the wild, in an incredibly beautiful place that is properly managed to balance the interest of visitors with the needs of wildlife. I would come again in a heartbeat. (Additional tip: if you get the chance to come in the rainy season, between July and September, don't be put off - the chances of seeing elephants are even higher and you may well be the only visitors.)

By: | posted Fri 27 Dec, 2019

5/5 stars

Our visit to Kui Buri National Park was amazing. Everything was well organized, from the pick up at hotel to the visit into the park.

We saw elephants in their natural environment. Our guide was really nice and gave us lot of explanation.

We really recommend this visit, it is a really nice experience.

By: | posted Fri 6 Dec, 2019

4/5 stars

Circuit agréable dans ce magnifique parc national. Guide sympathique,très à l écoute , et aimant partager ses connaissances. Observer des éléphants dans leur MILIEU NATUREL est tellement important!!

By: | posted Tue 26 Nov, 2019

5/5 stars

Amazing experience and Bill was a very helpful guide

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 0.5 day
  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 1,050 to 3,500 THB per person
  • Group size: 1 or more people
  • Grade: Easy
  • Transport: Safari vehicle
  • Start: 2:30 p.m.
  • End: 6 p.m.

What to bring

  • Rain clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Hat or cap
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