1.5-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai
Our 1.5-day Khao Yai tour is another alternative for a short trip, perfect if you wish to start your adventure on a afternoon on first day of your arrival.
The 1.5 day tour includes wildlife watching, hiking in jungle, morning and late afrernoon safari drives, visiting one of major waterfalls, visiting a viewpoint, swimming in clear spring and wathing millions of bats leaving a cave.
Our trips starts and ends daily at your hotel or other pick-up or return location we agreed on.
Our itineraries normally gets turned upside down; it is impossible to plan exactly, the following should be considered as an example itinerary:
Day 1 - From 3:30 p.m.
We start the first day right outside the national park boundries by swim in a clear spring and later during the sunset watch millions of migrating bats flow out from a cave.
We will start the morning by doing a driving safari along the road, looking for gibbons, hornbills and other wildlife. Afterwards we continue by foot into the jungle.
After the lunch break we'll visit Haew Suwat Waterfall, better known from Leonardio Di Caprio's "The Beach" movie and possibly visit a viewpoint with a wide vista over the national park. Late on the afternoon we will end the tour by driving safari in search for elephants.
In the early evening you will be returned to Pak Chong or to your hotel.
Where & When?
Khao Yai National Park is around 2.5 hours from Bangkok, easily accessible with public transportation with minivans being the fastest way. Our private guides will meet you in your hotel in Pak Chong -which is the nearest city- or anywhere between Pak Chong and Khao Yai National Park.
The park is open and accessible all year round but for night safaris we strongly recommend to avoid week-ends and public holidays when there are too many vehicles on the roads reducing chance to see animals significantly. The weather can be pretty cool during cold season around November to February, so a sweater is a must!
It is possible to spend the night in the park, but lodging is not included in the price.
Our tours are private trips, not joint tours, means no other people will join you. Our tours are all-inclusive except for the accommodation.
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 45 USD
- atta Lakeside Resort Suite | Khao Yai, from 129 USD
- Botanica Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 144 USD
- Lala Mukha Tented Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 113 USD
- Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 114 USD
- Baan Kinlom Chom Daw Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 30 USD
- Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort | Khao Yai, from 258 USD
- Hello Hostel Pakchong | Khao Yai, from 9 USD
- Baan Saranya | Khao Yai, from 42 USD
- Belle Villa Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 47 USD
- Apple Camp Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 50 USD
- The Frog Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 56 USD
- Golden Mountain Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 66 USD
- Prairie Hills Resort | Khao Yai, from 78 USD
- Phuwanalee Resort | Khao Yai, from 81 USD
- Palio Inn | Khao Yai, from 87 USD
- Mandarin Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 93 USD
- Greenery Resort - Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 97 USD
- Romantic Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 97 USD
- Balios Resort Khaoyai | Khao Yai, from 99 USD
- Thames Valley Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 161 USD
- In Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 163 USD
|Group size||Rate per person|
|8 and up||2400 THB|
Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees (400 baht)
- English speaking guide
- Transportation from/to hotel or other meeting point
- Lunch (Day 2)
- Snacks & fruit
- Drinking water
- Leech protection socks
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Allison Wells, United States | posted Sun 19 Nov, 2017
Our guides were very knowledgeable and we got to see lots of elephants! Great trip!
By: Stephen Healey, United Kingdom | posted Sat 18 Nov, 2017
Had a great time doing the half day elephant trip.
Picked up on time from hotel & before we knew it we had arrived at the park. Greeted with fresh fruit, banana chips & pineapple juice.
Introduced to our guide & his assistant & off we went. We were lucky enough to see a family of 7 elephants going about there business, & the knowledgeable guide pointed out numerous birds, lizards & other wildlife along the way.
Must say, it was worth paying the extra to do this to guarantee an English speaking guide & our own private truck without having to share with anyone else.
Many thanks for a great time.
Tour operator's response
We are happy to hear you had a successful trip and enjoyed our services.
By: Kim Morris, United States | posted Sat 18 Nov, 2017
I greatly enjoyed my experience at Khao Yai National Park. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about all the local flaura and fauna, and did an excellent job of pointing out wildlife for our group to see. The park was beautiful and I would definitely recommend visiting if you are traveling near Bangkok!
Tour operator's response
Thanks for sharing your experience Kim!
Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip.
By: Michel Oudoul, France | posted Fri 17 Nov, 2017
We had 2 great days. The park is beautiful and our guide Tata was great. Without him we would not have been able to enjoy and see all the animals he made us discover. by his action, we had the chance and happiness to see a group of about twenty elephants. It was fantastic.
I put the video that I could make elephants on my facebook and more than 200 people loved and asked where and a lot of information.
Our only criticism concerns the vehicles of the park for the safari of night which are not sufficiently well equipped in projector.
We keep a wonderfull memory of the park and guideTata
Tour operator's response
Thanks for your kind review.
Glad to hear you had a great time.
The night safari has often been a reason of debate within our organization. It is the only part of the tour for which the quality is not in our hands because we are not allowed to operate this by ourselves.
We have to rent the park rangers as driver and assistant for this. And sadly they are often not as skilled and willing to properly conduct the safari. Our guide can only join and help with explanation but we have no influence on the route and driving speed or the vehicle/ equipment quality.
You may wonder why we anyhow have decided to keep this activity in our itineraries. The reason is simply because even on nights that we were not happy with the service delivered we have been able to see interesting nocturnal wildlife which is impossible to see in daytime. Of course it is nature, so just like in daytime, it also depends on luck in the evening to get interesting sightings, but we believe it is still worth the try.
We wish we could operate this by ourselves and do it all properly in same line as the rest of our tour, but sadly park regulations are against us.
But thanks for sharing your criticism. Who knows we will decide otherwise on continuing offering night safaris in the future.
By: Elke Matthijs, Belgium | posted Tue 14 Nov, 2017
It was a perfect 1.5 day trip in the Khao Yai National Park.
Our guides were super friendly. They knew the area very well and tried their best to give us a wonderful time.
The bat cave was very impressive.
The walk through the forest was also very nice.
We didn't get to see any wilde elephants... Unfortunately, but that is something that you cannot know up front.
We enjoyed the trip very much and would recommend it to anyone else visiting the area :)
By: Yuk Tong Ma, Hong Kong | posted Sun 12 Nov, 2017
We went to Khao Yai National Park on 9 Nov 2017. Our guide was very helpful, and found many animals for us such as elephant, gibbon, squirrel, barking deer, sambar deer, Chinese water dragon, gliding lizard, water monitor, crocodile, green pit viper, porcupine, oriole, hornbill, owl and many others. In the jungle, our guide also introduced many plants to us, and told us which plants can be used to make tom yum goong, cure diseases, repel mosquitoes and so on. The weather on that day was very good. We could see beautiful waterfall and fantastic view at Pa Deo Dai Cliffs.
By: Yvonne, Germany | posted Fri 10 Nov, 2017
We spent a wonderful day in the national park. Our guide had a good knowledge about animals and plants which we highly appreciated. Moreover, he was very endeavored to show us an elephant. Finally, the day was well organized and we can recommend this tour.
By: Stephan Balle, Switzerland | posted Mon 6 Nov, 2017
We did enjoy a wonderful time in the Khao Yai National Park and were well guided through by our professional guide who should some magnificent views of small spots out in the environment even we been not that lucky seeing lots of different species due the circumstances of quite heavy wind, but I guess that is how nature sometimes can be, unpredictable.
We did enjoy the very private and good organized tour and hope we will be able to catch up again
Tour operator's response
Thank you for your review.
Yes nature is indeed unpredictable and weather conditions can sometimes work against us.
Wind is a particularly annoying one, because due to the wind it will be impossible to hear movements of animals, or notice dropping of fruits, and it even could make it harder to hear animal calls. Often it is our ears, especially on a jungle hike, that are most important. Often enough the animals are not directly visible yet due to leaf cover, but perhaps when eating they drop a fruit, or they jump on a branch and therefore create a noise. That will alert the guide to look and hopefully discover what made the noise. But that is hard to notice when it is windy and fruits drop simply by the wind, or branches rustle by the wind.
Heavy wind is not too common in the Thai jungles, but every now and then it happens.
But hopefully you enjoyed your time even despite the low number of species.
Thank you for booking with us, and you are welcome to give it a try again in the future.
By: Somers, United Kingdom | posted Mon 6 Nov, 2017
An awesome day out. TNP were quick to respond and to suggest an itinerary which worked with our timeframe. We had a great day exploring the park with Mr J including 2 waterfalls, a short trek through the jungle to look at the plant and wildlife, a delicious lunch and then we got an amazing photos of the elephants. Would definitely recommend.
Tour operator's response
Thanks Somers for your kind review.
Glad to hear you had a great time!
By: Anna Keys, United Kingdom | posted Thu 2 Nov, 2017
My husband and I only had a short time and wanted to fit in as much as possible, I wanted to take the stress out of organising it ourselves, finding transportation, using busses etc. I found this trip and thought that is exactly what we were looking for, we see the highlights and more.
Our guide Mai and driver Bird were fun and very knowledgeable, they did an excellent job and making us feel safe and secure, we totally trusted them
When traveling to a different country food is always a concern for me, I like to try new things and don’t want to live within my comfort zone but I get anxious about what to order, what if it’s too hot, what if I’ve accidentally ordered something really weird! Mai took this anxiety away and suggested dishes for us to try and the food was spot on! Aroi Mak Mak (very delicious to you and I) nothing to worry about at all, we felt totally spoiled.
The accommodation, although basic, it was magical, I am actually scared of water so picking to sleep on a raft house is not necessarily the best option for me! I actually couldn’t have been more at ease! We were totally safe, much to my delight there were no crocodiles that would eat me and the dining raft and bedroom raft were tightly bound together with very little movement.
I was nervous about the kayak so chose to get in the safety boat with our additional guides for the morning, Mai stepped in and paddled with my Husband, they had a fabulous time, I like to think I had a better time just sitting and watching the world go by, it was truly paradise
We felt truly privileged to have experienced it all
I’m not sure what my favourite bit was, but it could have been getting to the top of Erawan Falls, or maybe the food, or was it the raft house and waterfalls, no wait the kayaks, but the lawa cave was excellent too and then the sad history of Death Valley! I can’t actually decide!
One tip! Pack more clothes than you think you’ll need, it’s hot and sweaty and there are biting insects, I only took one pair of long trousers, I needed at least 3!
Thank you for an amazing experience we will never forget
Tour operator's response
Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, your feedback means a lot to us. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your adventure with us and appreciated our service. I will gladly forward your kind words to Mai and Bird.
We hope you had a safe trip back and thank you for choosing us. Keep in mind, shared memories are the best memories :)
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 1.5 day(s)
- Type: Private tour
- Price: 2,400 - 8,800 THB per person
- Group size: 1 or more people
- Grade: Easy to moderate
- Transport: Safari vehicle
- Start: 3:30 p.m. (Day 1)
- End: 5 - 6 p.m. (Day 2)
What to bring:
- Long trousers
- Rain clothing
- Sweater or light jacket
- Hiking or sport shoes
- Swimming clothing
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion
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