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 40 USD
- Botanica Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 106 USD
- atta Lakeside Resort Suite | Khao Yai, from 129 USD
- Lala Mukha Tented Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 90 USD
- Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 117 USD
- Thames Valley Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 142 USD
- Baan Kinlom Chom Daw Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 31 USD
- Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort | Khao Yai, from 246 USD
- The Frog Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 41 USD
- Baan Saranya | Khao Yai, from 49 USD
- Phuwanalee Resort | Khao Yai, from 62 USD
- Greenery Resort - Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 66 USD
- Family Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 68 USD
- Mandarin Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 77 USD
- Prairie Hills Resort | Khao Yai, from 77 USD
- Palio Inn | Khao Yai, from 80 USD
- Balios Resort Khaoyai | Khao Yai, from 80 USD
- Belle Villa Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 88 USD
- Romantic Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 110 USD
- In Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 163 USD
|Group size||Rate per person|
|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
- Snacks & fruit
- Drinking water
- Leech protection socks
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Jun Yokota, Japan | posted Sat 16 Feb, 2019
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.
Jun Yokota and all family members
By: Chris Petri, United Kingdom | posted Thu 14 Feb, 2019
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
By: Anja Schiller, Germany | posted Tue 12 Feb, 2019
fantastic day with Mr.Apple !
Could not get a better guide !
By: Lilian Choo, Singapore | posted Thu 7 Feb, 2019
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
By: Neil Asaba, United States | posted Tue 5 Feb, 2019
Jum was an outstanding guide! I really enjoyed my day in Khao Yai National Park!
By: Meng Chiang, Taiwan | posted Wed 16 Jan, 2019
the activity in the PM is ordinary.
By: Lee Yng Chua, Singapore | posted Thu 3 Jan, 2019
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.
By: Ken, Singapore | posted Sun 30 Dec, 2018
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.
By: Cheryl Ng, Singapore | posted Sat 22 Dec, 2018
The whole trip was an enjoyable one for the family of nine. The ride was smooth as Lek knew we had 2 elderly with us, thus he drove slow. Lek was sharp in spotting animals for us and it really helps with having such a professional telescope that allowed us to view the animals from a distance with such clarity.
Food was amazing and delicious and catered to the family request for some vegetarian and non-spicy dishes for the elderly and kids.
It would have been even better if Lek could have accompanied us down to the waterfall and prepared and guide us along the way as I noticed there were other guides that followed their customer.
Overall we truely enjoyed the tour and it was a memorable experience for the whole family. Thank you Lek once again.
By: Clara Toh, Singapore | posted Wed 19 Dec, 2018
We have Apple as our guide. He provides us with very valuable information and I can see he is v passionate about the job. When there is any slightest hint that any animal is around the corner, he would inform us quickly and direct us to where we can spot the animal. Am Glad we engage the tour for our National park trip. Keep up the great job! Very much recommended for others who wants a good experience in the park..
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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