Thai National Parks

Khao Yai National Park

Private Tour | 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 day tour 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.


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


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

The tour is from 8 am to about 6 pm

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.

We continue the tour by heading 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.

White-handed gibbons are very common in the park
Water monitor
Asian vine snake

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 2,200 THB one way or 3,200 Baht for a round trip within the same day.

Our tours are operated all year round.

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.

Tour details in short:

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

What to bring:

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

How much?

You'll be accompanied by a private guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore nature! Our tours are all-inclusive except for the accommodation.

Pax Rate per person
1 5,400 THB
2 3,000 THB
3 2,500 THB
4 2,300 THB
5 2,100 THB
6 1,800 THB
7 1,700 THB
8 and up 1,600 THB

Tour rates include:

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

Reviews from our guests

Rated 4.79/5 based on 151 customer reviews

By: | posted Sun 7 Aug, 2022

5/5 stars

We had a great day in the park! Nice trails in beautiful nature also many Thanks to the guide. The lunch was also very tasty

By: | posted Wed 3 Aug, 2022

5/5 stars

Lek is an incredible experienced and engaged guide. He gave us a lot of insights into the birdsˋ, monkeysˋ, gibbons and other wild animalsˋ life. Of course we knew we could not expect to see elephants. But this ist not the focus of the tour. Anyhow the amount of fauna and flora to see in this park is amazing. And with a good guide like Lek you can get into the jungle by foot and take so much more out of your visit. Thank you for this day!

By: | posted Sat 18 Jun, 2022

5/5 stars

We had a great time with Jum. She had such passion and enthusiasm in her work, trying to find insects and animals for us to see. Her sense of smell, sounds and sight are so attune that she can spot vipers, water dragons while she is driving! Just amazing! We enjoyed ourselves throughly.

By: | posted Wed 15 Jun, 2022

5/5 stars

Guide Tata is knowledgeable. He was well equipped with his own tools (telescope and camera) to show us the pit viper and scorpion. He is always on the lookout on interesting things to show us on the trail.

He communicates well in English and we enjoyed the hike most.

By: | posted Mon 30 May, 2022

5/5 stars

We loved the tour! We were 4 people on a full day wildlife tour with Jay and Indira. They were wonderful and very knowledgeable and spoke English well. They also brought equipment for us to see the animals up close. We spotted many animals thanks to them. The car was very comfortable and it was nice to have the wind in our faces. Overall a really great day. Highly recommended.

By: | posted Fri 20 May, 2022

5/5 stars

We had an incredible day! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see lots of different areas in the park and saw wildlife everywhere we went. We were very impressed by how much we were able to do, and yet we never felt rushed. We were always able to take plenty of time to look for wildlife and watch them interacting. Highly recommend!

By: | posted Sat 4 Dec, 2021

4/5 stars

Very nice staff! Our guide spoke great English and provided a lot of info on the jungle and wildlife.

Unfortunately we didn’t see all too many animals, but that’s not in the hands of the tour guide…

Would definitely recommend, however maybe a two day tour is better for more animals.

By: | posted Mon 29 Nov, 2021

4/5 stars

We had a great time and Jum was an extremely knowledgeable guide. We were not lucky enough to see an elephant however!

Tour operator's response

Thank you for you kind review.

A shame you were not lucky with elephants. As explained in the email correspondence, elephants are certainly not guaranteed in Khao Yai. Even though not rare, there are often enough days or even weeks that none are sighted. And then there are periods there might be multiple sightings on a single day.

That's why we always recommend our Kui Buri national park tours in our emails. Even though wildlife can never be guaranteed, Kui Buri is as close as one can get to a guarantee when it comes to wild elephants.

Thank you for booking with us!

By: | posted Mon 4 Oct, 2021

5/5 stars

We had a really great day at Khao Yai.perfect weather,and a special thanks to our Guide and Driver/ Photographer.So much knowledge and good eyes.they spottet so many was really great.we learned a lot about Nature and animals.

Thank you very much.The day was well organized.

Many Thanks again

Greetings from Roland and Alexander Maack

Tour operator's response

Thank you for your kind words! Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip!

By: | posted Wed 23 Jun, 2021

5/5 stars

We had a great day with our guide Jaï and his partner.

Everything was perfect, they are very kind and welcoming. We have seen a lot of animals thanks to their knowledge. They are passionate people and it really shows.

I 100% recommend this excursion! Thanks again. :)

Northern pig-tail macaque