Thai National Parks

1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

Khao Yai National Park deserves more than just a 1 day visit, but for those with limited time a daytour is still a great way to get a taste of the jungle.

The reserve is great for wildlife watching, but with just one day you will need quite a bit of luck.

What?

A daytour in Khao Yai contains hiking, safari drives, a visit to a waterfall and a scenic viewpoint. A mix of wildlife watching and enjoying scenery. 

Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. The program might be changed due to weather conditions, accessibility issues or any other obstacles.

Day 1  From 8 a.m. to about 6 p.m.

We will meet you at your hotel or other pick-up location we agreed on.

The daytrip starts with a drive looking for wildlife like gibbons, hornbills, macaques and other animals along the road. And afterwards we head to a trailhead to set out on a jungle hike to learn more about the forest inhabitants and the plantlife. Even if you're not lucky with wildlife encounters, the massive strangler fig trees make it all worthwhile. By the end of this walk we'll have a Thai lunch at one of the park restaurants. 

We continue the program with a visit to one of Khao Yai's famous waterfalls known from Leonardio Di Caprio's "The Beach" movie, and the late afternoon we spend mostly by car to check the various saltlicks and foraging areas where elephants might show up.

At the end of the trip, you will be returned to your hotel or other destination we agreed on.

Where & When?

This trip departs from Pak Chong and can be booked all year-round. Pak Chong can be reached by public transport from Bangkok. If you are interested in a private transfer by taxi or minivan, just let us know! A taxi trip from Bangkok takes 2.5 hours, it costs 2200 THB one way and 3200 THB for a round trip within same day.

How much?

You'll be accompanied by a private guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore nature!

Important note

Please confirm with us before booking a hotel in Khao Yai area as we don't offer pickup if your hotel is too far away. Or because some hotel owners don't like their guests to be picked up by tour operators.

Expand to see the list of some popular hotels we pick up from

Group size Rate per person
1 5400 THB
2 3000 THB
3 2500 THB
4 2300 THB
5 2100 THB
6 1800 THB
7 1700 THB
8 and up 1600 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees (400 THB per person)
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation from/to hotel or other meeting point
  • Lunch
  • Snacks & fruit
  • Drinking water
  • Leech protection socks

Reviews from our guests

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

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , United States | posted Sun 19 Nov, 2017

Our guides were very knowledgeable and we got to see lots of elephants! Great trip!

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , 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

Thanks Stephen!

We are happy to hear you had a successful trip and enjoyed our services.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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.

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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

Dear Michel,

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.

About: 1.5-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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 :)

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , 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.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , 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

Dear Stephan,

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.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United Kingdom | posted Mon 6 Nov, 2017

An awesome day out. TNP were quick to respond and to suggest an itinerary which worked with our timeframe. We had a great day exploring the park with Mr J including 2 waterfalls, a short trek through the jungle to look at the plant and wildlife, a delicious lunch and then we got an amazing photos of the elephants. Would definitely recommend.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Somers for your kind review.

Glad to hear you had a great time!

About: 2-day tour - Erawan Falls, raft house stay at Sai Yok National Park & more

By: , United Kingdom | posted Thu 2 Nov, 2017

My husband and I only had a short time and wanted to fit in as much as possible, I wanted to take the stress out of organising it ourselves, finding transportation, using busses etc. I found this trip and thought that is exactly what we were looking for, we see the highlights and more.

Our guide Mai and driver Bird were fun and very knowledgeable, they did an excellent job and making us feel safe and secure, we totally trusted them

When traveling to a different country food is always a concern for me, I like to try new things and don’t want to live within my comfort zone but I get anxious about what to order, what if it’s too hot, what if I’ve accidentally ordered something really weird! Mai took this anxiety away and suggested dishes for us to try and the food was spot on! Aroi Mak Mak (very delicious to you and I) nothing to worry about at all, we felt totally spoiled.

The accommodation, although basic, it was magical, I am actually scared of water so picking to sleep on a raft house is not necessarily the best option for me! I actually couldn’t have been more at ease! We were totally safe, much to my delight there were no crocodiles that would eat me and the dining raft and bedroom raft were tightly bound together with very little movement.

I was nervous about the kayak so chose to get in the safety boat with our additional guides for the morning, Mai stepped in and paddled with my Husband, they had a fabulous time, I like to think I had a better time just sitting and watching the world go by, it was truly paradise

We felt truly privileged to have experienced it all

I’m not sure what my favourite bit was, but it could have been getting to the top of Erawan Falls, or maybe the food, or was it the raft house and waterfalls, no wait the kayaks, but the lawa cave was excellent too and then the sad history of Death Valley! I can’t actually decide!

One tip! Pack more clothes than you think you’ll need, it’s hot and sweaty and there are biting insects, I only took one pair of long trousers, I needed at least 3!

Thank you for an amazing experience we will never forget

Tour operator's response

Dear Anna,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, your feedback means a lot to us. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your adventure with us and appreciated our service. I will gladly forward your kind words to Mai and Bird.

We hope you had a safe trip back and thank you for choosing us. Keep in mind, shared memories are the best memories :)

Best Regards,

Steffen

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 1,600 - 5,400 THB
  • Group size: 1 or more people
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Transport: Safari vehicle
  • Start: 8 - 8:30 a.m.
  • End: 6 - 7 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Long trousers
  • Rain clothing
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Hiking or sport shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock lotion
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