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.


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.

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 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 (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.

Rated 4.9/5 based on 55 customer reviews
About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Germany | posted Mon 15 Oct, 2018

5/5 stars

We enjoyed our day at Khao Yai national park, for sure one of our highlights during out two weeks trips to Thailand. Special thanks to our guide Tata, who was very friendly and gave us insights to the wild life in Thailand and also shared with us some own experiences in his life and during his stay in Germany. We were lucky and saw several kinds of animals including Gibbons and an elephant. Through his telescope Tata made photos with the mobile of our daughter what certainly made her day. Organization including pick up from our hotel was perfect and even the lunch was better than expected, it was one of the best vegetarian red curries I enjoyed in Thailand.

Please send our regards to Tata! Best regards, Ainhoa & Andreas

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Germany | posted Mon 24 Sep, 2018

5/5 stars

Great Experience and Alex took good care of me.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Taiwan | posted Fri 14 Sep, 2018

5/5 stars

We enjoy this trip very much. The guide paid attention on my elder parents and provided profession sugestion of route. Next time we will spend more time at national park.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Poland | posted Mon 10 Sep, 2018

5/5 stars

The trip was very successful. The guide took us along and showed us wild animals. We are very pleased with my husband. Pour ;)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United States | posted Fri 31 Aug, 2018

5/5 stars

We loved Apple!!! He was so nice and super knowledgeable about the animals and the park. He was so much fun and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We will be recommending him to friends and family!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Belgium | posted Thu 30 Aug, 2018

3/5 stars


Our tour was not really as expected...

We woke up and my wife was feeling ill (stomac problems and little fever). When we met our guide, mr Tata, we explained him about my wife and asked for the possibilities... we were informed that he would be stand-by all day long in order to join for the tour later. That was very pleasing!

At noon, my wife was feeling slightly better. as such, we decided to call Tata to pick us up at 14:30. otherwise we would not have been able to see the Khao Yai park...

we were guided to the park and discoverd that mr Tata was a very good guide! unfortunatally, it started to rain heavilly... second time bad luck... Mr Tata informed us that the night safari during heavy rain was not recommended, as such we went back to the hotel around six... we also skipped dinner to spend the maximal time inside the park...

Bad luck ruined our day and reduced our day trip into a 3 our trip... we payed 7000bath and were refunded 1000 bath for the skipped diner and night safari...However, we assume that a skipped lunch, dinner and night safari for 2 persons is worth more than 1000 bath... We trust that you agree that we are not realy pleased about the financial side of this tour... if it would be possible to enjoy the full tour, it would be worth the money... now, we hope that our money is spend well in order to further conservate the thai nature.

Please send our regards to mr Tata and thank you for the arrangements and clear instructions in advance!

We hope to come back to Khao Yai one day...

Kind regards,

Joke and Bert

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Belgium | posted Mon 27 Aug, 2018

4/5 stars

We had a great day at the Khao yai national park! Super nice and friendly tour guide and the driver, good tour with the 2 waterfalls and the jungle walk and he found for us some beautifull animals only we didn’t see some elephants but i know this is nature and we cannot control it so it’s okay for me and my girlfriend but for the rest it was a great day also a nice lunch at midday so for us was everything fine!!!!

Tour operator's response

Thanks Tim for your review.

Good to hear you had a great day.

About the lack of elephants, that's why we always explain in the correspondence prior the booking that for a better chance to see wild elephants, our Kui Buri tour ( ) is a better option than Khao Yai. Elephants are not a rare sight in Khao Yai, but that does not mean they are seen every day, it is not even uncommon that no elephants are seen for quite a few days in a row.

Like you said that is nature, and that's why it is exciting.

Thank you for booking with us!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Italy | posted Sat 18 Aug, 2018

5/5 stars

Very Good Organisation.

Guide very competent and available.

Timing schedule well done.


About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United Kingdom | posted Sat 11 Aug, 2018

5/5 stars

We had a really wonderful day. We were met on time. Our guide was fantastic , friendly and very knowledgeable. The trekking and truck ride were supurb. Our guide took some amazing photos and emailed them to us within 2 hours of the end of the trip. We would definitely recommend this trip and guide. Thank you so much.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United States | posted Mon 6 Aug, 2018

5/5 stars

One of the best things we did in Thailand. We enjoyed hiking through the trails and seeing all of the different animals. Our Guide TATA was the best. He even stopped us at a coffee shop on the way back to our hotel. We fell in love with Thailand and the Thai people. Thank you for everything!

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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