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: 3-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Israel | posted Wed 20 Sep, 2017

Our guide in the first day was khan and in the second and third day was tata.

We had a perfect time in the national park.

A big part of it thanks to our guides. They were just fantastic. Showed a lot of knowledge in many different subjects. Were very flexable and kind. Very happy with an amazing attitude .

Also the park is pretty impressive.

The hotel we stayed was beautiful with great breakfast.

Thank you so much!

Tour operator's response

Dear Rotem,

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip with our guides.

Thank you for booking with us!

Hope to see you again ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Netherlands | posted Sun 17 Sep, 2017

Great experience. Friendly, enthousiastic and helpfull guides. Learned us a lot about the flora and fauna.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Joop for the kind words!

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

By: | posted Tue 12 Sep, 2017

1 day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

We had a very enjoyable time during the National Park tour and night safari. We had the opportunity to come into contact with lizards, scorpion and moth, as well as have various wildlife sightings such as giant black squirrel, giant hornbill, muntjac, gibbon, common mock viper, ape, porcupines and lantern flies. We were also really lucky to have caught a glimpse of an elephant!

Tata is an excellent tour guide and has a great eye for detail, being able to spot wildlife from afar. He is extremely patient with us and also very passionate about his work. He is really knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting facts on wildlife that we saw. The scope used greatly enhanced our wildlife experience. All in all we had a really good time on this tour! Two thumbs up!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Sat 9 Sep, 2017

My tour was awesome!! Even though I only signed up for a day trip - everything went really smoothly, including the taxi pick-up, the tour itself, and the taxi drive back to Bangkok. I felt I was really able to see a good glimpse of the wildlife in the park and the hike was stunning. Thanks to my tour guide for being so awesome at spotting animals and a great experience overall!!

Tour operator's response

Thanks Jennifer!

Good to hear about your good experience.

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

By: , Italy | posted Sat 9 Sep, 2017

Thanks so much for the day spent together. We had very good and professional guides. We could observe the real thai wildlife and we loved it!! Surely, we recomend this adventure at all.

Pietro

About: Doi Inthanon National Park adventure tour (rainy season)

By: , Israel | posted Sat 2 Sep, 2017

PERFECT. Dui is amazing. So is jo.

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

By: , Singapore | posted Sat 2 Sep, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful trip! Love the food that our guide Mai brought us to. The places were beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves! The whole tour was not too rush and with the private transport it was great! Will recommend to other friends! :)

Tour operator's response

Hi Chae Yun,

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us, I will make sure to pass this message to Mai.

I wish you all the best!!

Steffen

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Tue 29 Aug, 2017

We absolutely loved our trip to Khao Yai - our taxi drivers were prompt and polite, and our tour guide - Apple - was phenomenal. Although the weather was not on our side, we sighted numerous monkeys, white handed gibbons, two species of horn bills and much, much more.

I highly recommend visiting Khao Yai to nature-lovers everywhere. Be sure to come prepared for rain and mosquitoes, and leave your fear of creepy crawlers at home!

We had a blast! Thank you again for the devoted team at Khao Yai, who preserve the park and share it with the rest of us.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Hannah for your kind review!

Glad to hear you had a great time with our guide.

You are always welcome to visit again ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , China | posted Sat 26 Aug, 2017

It was a lovely day in the national park.

The walk through the wild was the highlight of the day for me, I wish it would have last longer, but not everyone is comfortable walking in the mud through the vines.

The park is big, as a result we spent a significant amount of time in the car, on the road.

I would also have liked to get more information from the guide, about the wild life, about tips on where to look for interesting sight, how to spot wild animal etc.

A good day nevertheless.

Tour operator's response

Dear Adam,

Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Yes, with a group tour it is not as flexible to change the itinerary. It is easier with a private tour when our guides can more adapt to the preference of the guests.

Also, because we tend to focus on wildlife watching, generally speaking the driving offers the better chances for bigger wildlife because more distance is covered. Obviously it is nature so there are never guarantees, but our experience has learned that e.g. results to spot elephants increases significantly when driving. Being a highlight species, we do our best to give the guests the best chance.

Am a little surprised to hear the guide did not share enough information about the wildlife. He is very knowledgeable and we usually get to hear different opinions on this matter from guests that have joined him on a trip.

About tips on how to spot the animals, I guess that is the secret of the guide ;-)

That is something very hard to explain. Especially in jungles like in Thailand, it is so 3-dimensional and animals can literally be anywhere, and yet often are so well camouflaged that one can stand in front of it, and still not actually notice it.

But next time, don't hesitate to ask such questions ;-)

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

By: , Netherlands | posted Wed 23 Aug, 2017

We booked a 1 day with night safari last August 6th through Thai National Parks. This was by far the best organised safari trip we have experienced. Our guide (Apple is his name) was exactly on time, with a clean car (being Dutch both things are important to us ;-) ) and what's more, he showed not only great knowledge and pasion about the park, the jungle, the vegatation and the animals, he also mastered our language pretty well (besides his impeccable mastering of English). So we have here someone who is really interested and enthustiastic, it was a great pleasure to have him as a guide socializing also very well with our teenage daughters. He chose a great route through the jungle and got away from the usual tracks. This allowed us to see Gibbons, great Hornbills, green snakes, Cinnoman trees etc. Food was arranged, and again we had a briliant lunch and dinner. Unfortunately it started raining during our evening safari, but nevertheless we saw porcupines and many deers so that was a nice experienc after all. Anything negative? Yeah, we wished we booked a longer tour! So I highly recommend booking a safari with Thai National Parks and book Apple as well, it is a experience you will not forget.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Bas for the kind words.

We will pass it on to guide Apple.

And you are always welcome for a longer trip ;-)

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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