Thai National Parks

3-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

A 3-day tour in Khao Yai national park is a great way to discover the wildlife of Thailand. Besides wildlife watching there is time to visit the most interesting scenic sites of the park. No guarantees can be made in nature except lots of trees, but with some luck you might see animals like gibbons, deer, hornbills and various other bird species, macaques, and maybe even elephants.

Honestly, 3 days should be the minimum spent in this beautiful forest. You won't regret it!

What?

On these 3-day trips we spend every day from morning till evening in the jungle. Hiking, game drives, a night drive, visiting scenic highlights like the views and waterfalls, are all activities included on this tour. And one late afternoon we watch a couple million bats flying out at sunset. We focus mainly on wildlife watching, but do also take time to enjoy the scenery.

Itinerary

Our trips starts and ends daily at your hotel or other pick-up or return location we agreed on.

This is an example itinerary. The program might be turned upside down. We adapt to mother nature.

Day 1  - From 8 - 8:30 a.m. till about 8:30 p.m.

After pick-up in Pak Chong at your hotel or at one of the public transport stations, we enter the national park where the wildlife watching will start right away. After a stop at a viewpoint where you will learn a more about the park, we continue our drive to search for animals in the tree tops along the road. And after this drive it is time for your first jungle hike.

At a slow pace we take in all the sounds and smells of the forest. Together with your guide you follow any signs that could lead you to an exciting animal sighting. The dense forests make wildlife watching difficult and one needs luck to see the elusive creatures that inhabit this forest.

After the jungle walk it's time for lunch at one of the park restaurants. At mid-day we head to one of the park's waterfalls to relax a bit before we head out on a late afternoon drive. We will explore the areas where wild elephants occasionally come to forage or visit mineral deposits. Despite them being the largest land mammal, the thick jungle can easily hide them from view, so there are certainly no guarantees of success, but who knows...

We'll have dinner and afterwards we will be joined by a ranger with a powerful spotlight on a truck and will drive a route through both forested and open areas to look for nocturnal creatures. Deer are often seen, but also other animals like porcupines, civets, elephants, and other nocturnal wildlife might show themselves. After this long day you'll be returned to your hotel.

Day 2 - From 8 - 8:30 a.m. till about 6 p.m.

This second day is similar to day 1, but we will explore different areas. We'll go trekking in another part of the park and try to look for animals we have not seen on the previous day. Today we'll visit another waterfall, and we'll do another driving safari to search for animals. After our dinner we'll bring you back to your hotel.

Day 3 - From 8 - 8:30 a.m. till about 5 - 6 p.m.

The final day, we start again with another beautiful trail, our last jungle hike of the trip. After lunch we'll head to the highest viewpoint of the park. This area has a different vegetation and with luck we might encounter some unusual animals on the way. After this we leave the park to head to the bat caves. These are located outside the national park and are home to more than a million bats that will exit around sunset to feed on insects. Quite a special sight!

And afterwards, you'll be returned to your hotel or to Pak Chong for onward transport.

Where & When?

The tour starts from Pak Chong, which is easy to reach by bus, shuttle minivan, or train from Bangkok. Private transfers by taxi or minivan can be arranged on request.

We can arranga taxi from Bangkok. It takes 2.5 hours, it costs 2200 THB one way and 3200 THB for a round trip within same day.

Our tours are operated all year round.

How much?

This is a private tour. You will explore the park with a private guide, and no others 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 16800 THB
2 9400 THB
3 7800 THB
4 6800 THB
5 6100 THB
6 5600 THB
7 5400 THB
8 and up 5200 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees (400 THB per person & day)
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation from/to hotel or other meeting point
  • All meals
  • Snacks & fruit
  • Drinking water
  • Leech protection socks

Reviews from our guests

We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , France | posted Tue 21 Nov, 2017

best place in Thailand ! we saw lots of animals, and our guide tata was great and professional. the only negative point was the fact that personal cars / vehicles shouldn't be allowed in the park, because people drive like crazy and they could hurt animals...

Tour operator's response

Thanks Jill for your kind review about our tour!

And about your other note.

We also hope that the park authorities will start enforcing the rules. Speeding is a major problem in Khao Yai because the road is of good quality. A bumbpy road with potholes would be much better ;-) . Lots of wildlife gets killed by speeding cars. Every now and then it reaches the news, but no proper measures are taken.

Though actually we think it requires a change of the rules, because the current max speed is 60 km/h which is too fast for a park like this. 40km/h like in e.g. Kaeng Krachan national park should be the max limit.

But of course that will only work if the perpetrators are fined accordingly. And that should include the park staff themselves who are often the worst violators. (but that is also the reason why nothing will happen :( )

Instead, tour businesses have been fined for stopping on the road when watching for wildlife... the world upside down.

In a sense it is good to see that so many locals are visiting and enjoying the parks, but some education is needed to make people understand that visiting a park means entering the home of the animals and therefore people should respect the animals and the rules to prevent accidents from happening. Let's hope this will change in the future.

Thanks for sharing!

About: Day tour - Erawan Falls, Cave, Historical Park & The Bridge over River Kwai

By: , United States | posted Tue 21 Nov, 2017

Our Day Trip to Erawan National Park included the waterfall hike, a tour of Mueang Sung National Park, and a walk over Bridge over the River Kwai. It originally included a tour of a cave but we took extra time exploring the waterfalls so we decided to skip the cave to have more time at the other locations.

Our pick up was timely and our guide Mod was extremely friendly!

Hiking up Erawan Waterfalls was a beautiful experience, Mod let us take our time, to enjoy the waterfalls, take as many pictures as we wanted, provided water, and gave us a great estimate of how long it would take us to get to the top. We had lunch together at a local restaurant including pad thai, chicken, rice, fresh fruit and drinks (if you want more, you can ask for more, free of charge). The food was not spicy.

We opted out of the underground cave because it was steeper than the waterfalls, and we were pretty tired. We also wanted to have plenty of time for the other activities. (Be aware - your shoes will get wet! It rained the morning we went so there was a lot of water. After tier 5, you have to walk through some of the water)

The Historical park was rather small, but worth a visit if you enjoy learning the history behind ruins.

The walk over the bridge was also nice, we walked to a Chinese temple on the other side and had some time to explore that as well.

My highlight of the trip was definitely the waterfall hike and getting to talk to Mod about Thai culture, life and tips for the rest of my trip. Would definitely do this agian!! But maybe for another park.

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , United States | posted Sun 19 Nov, 2017

Our guides were very knowledgeable and we got to see lots of elephants! Great trip!

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , 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

Thanks Stephen!

We are happy to hear you had a successful trip and enjoyed our services.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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.

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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

Dear Michel,

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.

About: 1.5-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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 :)

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , 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.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , 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.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , 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

Dear Stephan,

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.

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 3 day(s)
  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 5,200 - 16,800 THB per person
  • Group size: 1 or more people
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Transport: Safari vehicle
  • Start: 8 - 8:30 a.m. (Day 1)
  • End: 5 - 6 p.m. (Day 3)

What to bring:

  • Long trousers
  • Rain clothing
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Hiking or sport shoes
  • Towel
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock lotion