Thai National Parks

Khao Yai National Park

Private Tour | 3-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

Why?

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 will 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 start and end daily at your hotel or other locations 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 am till about 8:30 pm

After meeting at the agreed pick-up location in the Pak Chong area, we enter the national park where the wildlife watching will start right away. After a stop at a viewpoint where you will learn 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 midday 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 am till about 6 pm

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 am till about 5 - 6 pm

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 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!

At the end of the tour, you'll be returned to your hotel or to Pak Chong for onward transport.

Wild elephants on the grasslands
Dhole
Chinese water dragon

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 arrange a taxi from Bangkok or back to Bangkok on the last day. It takes 2.5 hours, it costs 2,200 Baht one way.

Our tours are operated all year round.

Tour details in short:

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

What to bring:

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

How much?

You'll be accompanied by a private guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore nature! Our tours are all-inclusive except for the accommodation.

Pax Rate per person
1 16,800 THB
2 9,400 THB
3 7,800 THB
4 6,800 THB
5 6,100 THB
6 5,600 THB
7 5,400 THB
8 and up 5,200 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation from/to hotel or other meeting point
  • All meals
  • Snacks & fruit
  • Drinking water
  • Leech protection socks

Reviews from our guests

Rated 4.82/5 based on 22 customer reviews

By: | posted Mon 14 Nov, 2022

4/5 stars

Both of the two guides were excellent. They were enthusiastic, friendly, and did an excellent job. Thanks to them we were able to see elephants, dholes, pileated gibbons and so on, for which I am truly grateful.

The only regret was that we had lunch at the same restaurant for all three days. We were a little bored by the third day. I would have liked to have had a choice of restaurants, because I would have liked to try different cuisines at the food court, etc.

There is one point I would like you to improve. The guide gave us bottled water every day, which I think is not good for the environment. After the initial giving of one bottle, why not have a large tank available and refill from there to the bottle given on the first day? This may be something that should be addressed by the park as a whole, though.

I think nature tours should be environmentally conscious and sustainable in all aspects.

By: | posted Sat 24 Sep, 2022

5/5 stars

We loved our tour with guide Lek!!!

By: | posted Thu 8 Sep, 2022

4/5 stars

The guide(tata) was really nice and experienced. He made our trip. He knew everything we ask and without him i think we will miss at least 80% of what we spotted now. He also makes really nice pictures and also learned us a lot about our camera's(normal and phone) that was really great.

We had three days of rain, what made it a but difficult to fill the time in the right way. That was also visible difficult for Tata. Maybe think about how to fill rainy days.

The taxi driver that was arranged back to bangkok was horrible. Not in the personality, but he just cannot drive at all. We had some traffic and the drive took over 4 hours(also because he didn't take the tolway). The driver gave a lot of gas, and then let loose, gave a lot of gadsand let loose again. And that for 4 hours. We really get sick in that car.

Adter all, the tour was great. The way back to bangkok wasn't.

By: | posted Mon 29 Aug, 2022

5/5 stars

Tata was an incredible guide! Really patient and flexible and very kind, he was showing us the magic of Khao Yai National Park and taking care of us during our tour. Thanks Tata again for your professionalism and hope we see each other in the future! David & Emma

By: | posted Tue 2 Aug, 2022

4/5 stars

Wonderful tour. Friendly and professional guide with a lot of knowhow

By: | posted Sun 3 Jul, 2022

5/5 stars

We had a great time. Our guides Jay and Tata did their best to show us as much as possible.

By: | posted Mon 28 Feb, 2022

5/5 stars

Our guide, Tata, was amazing!! Our trip was amazing!! They don't guarantee seeing elephants...we ended up seeing 5! Two were because Tata and other guides keep in touch, so he got some insight on where to find elephants. We also saw so many birds and other animals. Tata is extremely knowledgeable of his birds, animals, and how to find them. He sets you up for photography very well, too!! I cannot even begin to list all of the animals we saw, including both species of Gibbons, civets, gaur, Macaques, deer (Simbar and barking), elephants, at least 50 different species of birds (including 3 species of hornbills!), and a pit viper. Part of that was luck (wild animals don't follow set rules of what you want to see), but a lot was Tata for knowing where to look. I would hire a guide for sure the next time I do a tour. And I would request Tata in a heartbeat. Knowledgeable, prompt, and very kind. He just loves to share about the animals, and it shows. Thank you for an amazing adventure that I will forever remember!

By: | posted Thu 30 Dec, 2021

5/5 stars

We could divide the tour service in 3 parts:

1) Before booking a tour. The team was very responsive. Not only they replied quickly, but the messages were all the time clear, no doubts about the price and the services offered (where, what and when the things happened).

2) The organization of the tour was smooth. The transfer from Bangkok to our hotel and the pick-ups from the hotel to see Khao Yai were always on time.

3) The 3 days guided tour in Khao Yai. The car was "local". Jum (our guide name) is really exceptional at spoting wildlife, specially in the trees. She was always attentive and used every chance we got to spot many kinds of animals: gibbons, monkeys, civet, spiders, scorpion, deers, birds, elephants, owl, snake, etc. We were lucky to see almost all the animals that appear in the list of the park. Everything is a question of luck, but more or less the guides/rangers know where the animals have been seen, increasing the chances to seeing them. It is easy to communicate with Jum as she is fluent in english and a happy person. Together with the driver they are kind and trustable people. They put effort trying to make everything happen according to their possibilities. We fully recommend them.

Tour operator's response

Dear Vanessa,

Thank you for the positive review.

We will pass your words to our guide, Jum.

Happy New Year!

By: | posted Thu 30 Dec, 2021

5/5 stars

We had a three day tour with Jay and Intira and had an amazing time. They were incredibly passionate about their work, and arranged everything from lunch, water and dinner. My husband was immensely interested in the flora, and Jay went out of his way to make sure we had plenty of hiking time to soak up the majesty of the forest. We also did many slow drives looking for animals and this is when I felt that they must have had binoculars for eyes, because they were so good at spotting gibbons/birds/animals from such a distance! The night safari was a good look into animals that were nocturnal, and we managed to spot two different species of civet cat, nightjars, and the golden jackal. They do a good job in balancing and managing the packed itinerary, and are definitely happy at going at your pace! Arranging the tour from Singapore was also a breeze, due to really fast and efficient communication from Ton. In all, I would definitely go on another tour and we were sad we couldn't have stayed for longer!

Tour operator's response

Dear Melissa,

Thank you for your kind words!

Glad to hear you had a great time.

You are always welcome to return ;)

By: | posted Mon 29 Nov, 2021

5/5 stars

Tata was a very professional, knowledgeable and nice guide. We had 3 days, and he gave us everything we wished for. You cannot make promises what you will see in the park but we had much more luck with the knowledge, patience and sharp eyes of Tata! We have seen a sunbear, elephants, hornbills, gibbons, makaaks, deer, gaur, slow lori and snakes! What else can we wish for? Thank you very much!

Giant fig tree roots at Khao Yai