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: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , France | posted Sun 18 Feb, 2018

We liked the national park very much. However, we would have loved it to be more intense physically and too bad we could no more go back early in the morning. It was sometimes a bit noisy with up to five cars gathered around the same spot. The guide was good, the accommodation OK but no exchange with local guide and driver.

We could spot shortly four plus on elephant and two gaurs but only in the secondary forest and for a few seconds only.

Any other suggestions for us for our next Thailand visit?

Regards,

Beat and Marie-Claire

Tour operator's response

Dear Beat and Marie-Claire,

Thank you for your review.

A shame we had to cancel your overnight trip with morning hike due to new restrictions of the park authorities.

Sadly for the afternoon program the only option allowed is the safari drive as you did it. Even though we wish we could go further, either by car or on foot, sadly we are limited by the restrictions the park authorities decide.

Thailand has the potential to grow as a wildlife watching destination, but not when the park authorities add all these limitations. It's definitely still worth it, but if it was up to us, it would be a lot better.

The local guide assistants and drivers lack English speaking abilities, that's why we provide an English speaking guide on our tours, but by employing the local assistant guide and driver we are still able to support these local farmers.

As for other suggestions. You have already been to Khao Yai, and currently we have no guides in Kaeng Krachan and Huai Kha Khaeng, so I guess you'd have to try another park. Maybe Khao Sok. We do not offer tours there, but there should be enough operators around to offer trips.

Thank you for your feedback!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Poland | posted Sat 17 Feb, 2018

Our tour day was very exciting and interesting. Everything was perfect. Many thanks to our tour guide. He was great and very helpfull. Thank You very much and maybe see you next time

About: Doi Inthanon National Park adventure tour (dry season)

By: , United States | posted Thu 15 Feb, 2018

Fabulous. Thank you!

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

By: , Germany | posted Mon 12 Feb, 2018

We had a very nice day around the National Park guided by Ghaan. She was the perfect guide with an incredible energy and sympathie. Able to know and find the most incredible animals everywhere and with a very high knowledge on what she is doing. All was perfect. Even in the evening safary we were able to watch an elefant right very close to our car.

Ghaan captured our attention not only by explaining all about plants and animals in the park but also always added value to her explanations. She also "built" some small things with plant leaves that we brought home. We will never forget that visit and the wonderful day at the National Park. Thanks Ghann again for your energy, knowledge and sympathie. :)

About: Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

By: , Germany | posted Sun 11 Feb, 2018

Dear Thai National Parks,

our stay in Kui Buri National Park was fantastic!

Our guide Bill was very nice and had a broad knowledge of all the traces and animals we saw during our walking and driving safari. Our highlight: a big group of elephants!

The food was delicious. We especially enjoyed the fresh organic pineapple (from Bill´s own plantation).

Thank you very much for organizing our trip! ขอบคุณครับ kòbkûn kráb

Jan and Matthias from Germany

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , France | posted Sun 11 Feb, 2018

We LOVED our 2 days trip and Ghaan is the best guide of the world! Thank you so much for those moments we spent together.

About: 2.5-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United States | posted Tue 6 Feb, 2018

An excellent tour! We got to see a good variety of natural settings and animals, and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable.

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

By: , United Kingdom | posted Wed 31 Jan, 2018

We had a fantastic day at Khao Yai, tracking a family of gibbons, spotting snakes, and seeing the hornbills fly over us. Our guide was brilliant! It’s a bit out of the way, but if you have the time and will, I would recommend the park to anyone.

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

By: , Canada | posted Tue 30 Jan, 2018

Thank you for having us.

We did the full day tour with the night safari. It was an amazing experience. Seeing the animals in the their natural habitats, undisturbed by humans, was a pleasure. Beer, our tour guide, was great.

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , United States | posted Tue 30 Jan, 2018

Excellent tour! Both our tour guide, her assistant and the driver were wonderful. I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Khao Yai!

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