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.
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.
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.
You'll be accompanied by a private guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore nature!
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
These are the most popular hotels booked by our guests, for other hotels, please ask us.
- Khao Yai Cottage | Khao Yai, from 55 USD
- Botanica Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 214 USD
- atta Lakeside Resort Suite | Khao Yai, from 214 USD
- Lala Mukha Tented Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 115 USD
- Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 168 USD
- Baan Kinlom Chom Daw Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 31 USD
- Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort | Khao Yai, from 336 USD
- Hello Hostel Pakchong | Khao Yai, from 9 USD
- Apple Camp Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 50 USD
- Baan Saranya | Khao Yai, from 67 USD
- The Frog Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 73 USD
- Belle Villa Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 104 USD
- Greenery Resort - Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 113 USD
- Palio Inn | Khao Yai, from 116 USD
- Prairie Hills Resort | Khao Yai, from 122 USD
- Balios Resort Khaoyai | Khao Yai, from 127 USD
- Phuwanalee Resort | Khao Yai, from 128 USD
- Romantic Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 132 USD
- Mandarin Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 151 USD
- In Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 163 USD
- Golden Mountain Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 199 USD
- Thames Valley Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 234 USD
|Group size||Rate per person|
|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
- Snacks & fruit
- Drinking water
- Leech protection socks
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Alessandra Arrigo, Italy | posted Sat 20 Jan, 2018
hallo, thanks for asking. the experience was very good. the two guys we had for guides in the two days (Jay and Tata) were brilliant and very friendly. The parc is amazing and we enjoyed our visit very much. We've also choosen one of the hostel you suggested (Hallo Hostel in Pak Chong) which was very good, but I think it's quite far away from the parc and my only suggestion is to suggest hostels or hotels closer to the parc. If you told ma that it was far and I didn't notice, I beg you pardon and make my excuses.
By the way, everything went well and we will recomand you to our friends.
thanks a lot
Tour operator's response
Great to hear you had a good experience with our guides.
We do not make any specific hotel recommendations because we have no personal experience with the hotels and we have no influence whatsoever on the quality. We simply provide a list of hotels from where we can pick up our guests. Every hotel might have its advantages and disadvantages and everybody has different preferences so we do not specifically recommend any hotel and let the guests decide by themselves what fits them best. To suit people on different budgets we have included Hello Hostel in Pak Chong town which is very cheap but indeed a longer drive. Most of the other options listed are much closer to the park, but there is no low-budget options near the park. It generally costs double or more.
Thanks for joining our tour!
By: Matteo Mambelli, Italy | posted Sat 13 Jan, 2018
We really enjoyed our tour: landscapes were astonishing, food good, guide very nice and helpful
By: Sarah Wu, Singapore | posted Wed 10 Jan, 2018
It was a most enjoyable day trip with guide Jum. She pointed out many wildlife (great hornbill,many bird species, sambar deer, pheasants, water insects, crocodile) and flora ( bamboo, medicinal plants, teak flower, orange etc), which we will not take notice without her guidance. Evening time was spent sighting elephants and we saw a male one! Everyone was excited and happy. Thanks to Guide Jum for her expertise in animal behaviours. We highly recommend this day tour.
By: Daniela Harb, Austria | posted Mon 8 Jan, 2018
We enjoyed the tour with Gan and Pho very much. They were truly enthusiastic about the wildlife and made all efforts to give us a comprehensive picture about the animals and their habitat. We were lucky to see i.e. hornbills, snakes, crocodiles, elepants and even the leopard cat.
The girls made the tour a fantastic event in our holiday.
Thank you, Daniela
Tour operator's response
Glad to hear about their enthusiasm and the results. Some great wildlife. Very lucky even to see a wild cat species in Thailand.
Thanks for booking with us!
By: Donald Bushell, United States | posted Sat 6 Jan, 2018
We had an excellent trip with our guide, Som. She was very knowledgeable and kept us all engaged. Her English was excellent and we all liked her very much. She was patient when we wanted to spend a long time looking at the elephants. If we were to come again, we would be very happy to have her as our guide.
Tour operator's response
Thank you Donald for your kind review.
We will pass the word of thanks to our guide Som!
By: Marco Grasso, Italy | posted Tue 2 Jan, 2018
We had a beautiful tour at Doi Inthanon Park. The guide and the driver were very nice and professional, everything was organized very well.
By: Jeanine Schneider, Germany | posted Sun 31 Dec, 2017
We had a fantastic day-tour in Khao Yai National Park. We were a group of 4 people with 1 toddler and 1 teenager and left all totally excited and happy after that tour.
Our guide was incredibly friendly and showed and explained us everything during the day. We have seen so many animals and plants we haven't expected to see, like a Gibbon, hornbill bird, monkeys and even a wild elephant.
Our little one was very excited about the jungle hike and is still talking about everything she has seen on the way and her being a Junior Ranger now.
We had a great day and recommend this trip to everyone!
Tour operator's response
Thank you for the lovely words. Nothing makes us more happy than to hear the trip has excited the little kids.
It is these kind of experiences that will likely help them make the right decisions in the future when it comes to protecting these areas and the wildlife that lives in these parks.
Great you gave your kids this opportunity, and glad we were able to help with it.
Thank you for booking with us!
By: Muhammad Fuad Khan | posted Sat 30 Dec, 2017
Excellent tour. Ja was our guide, an extremely wonderful lady, very friendly, knowledgeable, great observation and professional.
Meal was typical Thai food, hot, nice served and tasty.
Unfortunately we couldn't do the tracking due to constant rain but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip.
Would certainly highly recommend to everyone.
By: Ryan Dunn, United States | posted Wed 27 Dec, 2017
Bill was a fantastic guide and a great host at the bungalow. Can’t recommend him highly enough. Thank you for a fantastic experience.
By: John Miller | posted Tue 26 Dec, 2017
Yes, we very much enjoyed our trip. We loved everything about it. Apply, our tour guide, was amazing!!!! He was extremely knowledgeable and very observant. He pointed out so many things we won't have seen by ourselves. We couldn't of asked for a better tour guide!
Tour operator's response
Glad to hear you had a great day with our guide Apple.
Thanks for booking with us.
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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