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: 3-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Israel | posted Wed 20 Sep, 2017

Our guide in the first day was khan and in the second and third day was tata.

We had a perfect time in the national park.

A big part of it thanks to our guides. They were just fantastic. Showed a lot of knowledge in many different subjects. Were very flexable and kind. Very happy with an amazing attitude .

Also the park is pretty impressive.

The hotel we stayed was beautiful with great breakfast.

Thank you so much!

Tour operator's response

Dear Rotem,

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip with our guides.

Thank you for booking with us!

Hope to see you again ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Netherlands | posted Sun 17 Sep, 2017

Great experience. Friendly, enthousiastic and helpfull guides. Learned us a lot about the flora and fauna.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Joop for the kind words!

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

By: | posted Tue 12 Sep, 2017

1 day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

We had a very enjoyable time during the National Park tour and night safari. We had the opportunity to come into contact with lizards, scorpion and moth, as well as have various wildlife sightings such as giant black squirrel, giant hornbill, muntjac, gibbon, common mock viper, ape, porcupines and lantern flies. We were also really lucky to have caught a glimpse of an elephant!

Tata is an excellent tour guide and has a great eye for detail, being able to spot wildlife from afar. He is extremely patient with us and also very passionate about his work. He is really knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting facts on wildlife that we saw. The scope used greatly enhanced our wildlife experience. All in all we had a really good time on this tour! Two thumbs up!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Sat 9 Sep, 2017

My tour was awesome!! Even though I only signed up for a day trip - everything went really smoothly, including the taxi pick-up, the tour itself, and the taxi drive back to Bangkok. I felt I was really able to see a good glimpse of the wildlife in the park and the hike was stunning. Thanks to my tour guide for being so awesome at spotting animals and a great experience overall!!

Tour operator's response

Thanks Jennifer!

Good to hear about your good experience.

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

By: , Italy | posted Sat 9 Sep, 2017

Thanks so much for the day spent together. We had very good and professional guides. We could observe the real thai wildlife and we loved it!! Surely, we recomend this adventure at all.

Pietro

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

By: , Israel | posted Sat 2 Sep, 2017

PERFECT. Dui is amazing. So is jo.

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By: , Singapore | posted Sat 2 Sep, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful trip! Love the food that our guide Mai brought us to. The places were beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves! The whole tour was not too rush and with the private transport it was great! Will recommend to other friends! :)

Tour operator's response

Hi Chae Yun,

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us, I will make sure to pass this message to Mai.

I wish you all the best!!

Steffen

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Tue 29 Aug, 2017

We absolutely loved our trip to Khao Yai - our taxi drivers were prompt and polite, and our tour guide - Apple - was phenomenal. Although the weather was not on our side, we sighted numerous monkeys, white handed gibbons, two species of horn bills and much, much more.

I highly recommend visiting Khao Yai to nature-lovers everywhere. Be sure to come prepared for rain and mosquitoes, and leave your fear of creepy crawlers at home!

We had a blast! Thank you again for the devoted team at Khao Yai, who preserve the park and share it with the rest of us.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Hannah for your kind review!

Glad to hear you had a great time with our guide.

You are always welcome to visit again ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , China | posted Sat 26 Aug, 2017

It was a lovely day in the national park.

The walk through the wild was the highlight of the day for me, I wish it would have last longer, but not everyone is comfortable walking in the mud through the vines.

The park is big, as a result we spent a significant amount of time in the car, on the road.

I would also have liked to get more information from the guide, about the wild life, about tips on where to look for interesting sight, how to spot wild animal etc.

A good day nevertheless.

Tour operator's response

Dear Adam,

Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Yes, with a group tour it is not as flexible to change the itinerary. It is easier with a private tour when our guides can more adapt to the preference of the guests.

Also, because we tend to focus on wildlife watching, generally speaking the driving offers the better chances for bigger wildlife because more distance is covered. Obviously it is nature so there are never guarantees, but our experience has learned that e.g. results to spot elephants increases significantly when driving. Being a highlight species, we do our best to give the guests the best chance.

Am a little surprised to hear the guide did not share enough information about the wildlife. He is very knowledgeable and we usually get to hear different opinions on this matter from guests that have joined him on a trip.

About tips on how to spot the animals, I guess that is the secret of the guide ;-)

That is something very hard to explain. Especially in jungles like in Thailand, it is so 3-dimensional and animals can literally be anywhere, and yet often are so well camouflaged that one can stand in front of it, and still not actually notice it.

But next time, don't hesitate to ask such questions ;-)

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

By: , Netherlands | posted Wed 23 Aug, 2017

We booked a 1 day with night safari last August 6th through Thai National Parks. This was by far the best organised safari trip we have experienced. Our guide (Apple is his name) was exactly on time, with a clean car (being Dutch both things are important to us ;-) ) and what's more, he showed not only great knowledge and pasion about the park, the jungle, the vegatation and the animals, he also mastered our language pretty well (besides his impeccable mastering of English). So we have here someone who is really interested and enthustiastic, it was a great pleasure to have him as a guide socializing also very well with our teenage daughters. He chose a great route through the jungle and got away from the usual tracks. This allowed us to see Gibbons, great Hornbills, green snakes, Cinnoman trees etc. Food was arranged, and again we had a briliant lunch and dinner. Unfortunately it started raining during our evening safari, but nevertheless we saw porcupines and many deers so that was a nice experienc after all. Anything negative? Yeah, we wished we booked a longer tour! So I highly recommend booking a safari with Thai National Parks and book Apple as well, it is a experience you will not forget.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Bas for the kind words.

We will pass it on to guide Apple.

And you are always welcome for a longer trip ;-)

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