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 85 customer reviews
About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United Kingdom | posted Fri 8 Mar, 2019

5/5 stars

We had a wonderful full-day private tour of the national park - all thanks to our very funny, friendly and helpful guide Apple. Thanks to his knowledge of the park and its wildlife we were able to experience a breathtaking flypast of hornbills, 2 gibbons sightings and numerous other wild encounters within the forest. Apple was a great host and adapted our private tour to our needs and physical abilities. An experience to remember. Lunch and pick up from our resort was included in the price.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Thailand | posted Sun 3 Mar, 2019

5/5 stars

The experience was great. I learned a lot of things and it was safe and enjoyable . Thanks for everything :)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Japan | posted Sat 16 Feb, 2019

5/5 stars

It was perfect private half day tour by JAY !

Pick up time at Pak Chong station was on time.

We enjoyed the Khao Yai National park looking for wild animals, birds,and floawers.

He made best effort to find them for us, and explained about them as a specialist.

The special half day tour was well planed and for us with old parents.

Suggested lunch menue was also really nice !

Thank you so much for your all kindness.

Best regards,

Jun Yokota and all family members

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United Kingdom | posted Thu 14 Feb, 2019

5/5 stars

Me and my friend Cat were so excited to go to Khao Yai since we first arrived in Thailand 3 months ago. We had such an incredible day with our awesome Tour Guide Apple. He arrived at our accommodation early and said to take our time, how lovely! Then he took us to the park and showed his passion for nature. His knowledge of birds was absolutely incredible and the personal touch added to the amazing day we had. We saw everything; an elephant, a king cobra, gibbons, countless species of birds and other snakes. Our private tour felt very personal as Apple took us everywhere and was so nice and patient about everything. If anyone has Apple you're very lucky! Thank you for such a good day, these memories will be treasured forever

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Germany | posted Tue 12 Feb, 2019

5/5 stars

fantastic day with Mr.Apple !

Could not get a better guide !

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Singapore | posted Thu 7 Feb, 2019

5/5 stars

The guide was very good and has pretty good knowledge for plants and animals and tour wildwild tour is very enriching. Highly recommended for city dwellers like us

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United States | posted Tue 5 Feb, 2019

5/5 stars

Jum was an outstanding guide! I really enjoyed my day in Khao Yai National Park!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Taiwan | posted Wed 16 Jan, 2019

3/5 stars

the activity in the PM is ordinary.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Singapore | posted Thu 3 Jan, 2019

5/5 stars

We requested for a guide at the last min and was very happy to have Mr Apple guiding us. He was very professional and very passionate about nature. He set up scope (& ladder) for us to view. it was the first time our kids were able to see something thru scope. We saw great hornbill, gibbons, night heron etc. Mr Apple was able to cater to our group limitation. We requested for a cake as it happens to be my exact birthday and Mr Apple was able to buy one on our behalf, brought us to celebrate at a special spot in the river bed. Thank You Mr Apple for making my birthday a memorable one. He was also good at handling our rowdy boys.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Singapore | posted Sun 30 Dec, 2018

5/5 stars

We have enjoyed our 1-day wild life tour at Khao Yai National Park. The guide has been fantastic, always on the look out for wild life. He has enthusiastically shared his wild life and botanical knowledge with us, great education for city dwellers like us. Thank you for a wonderful wild life experience.

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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