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!
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.
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.
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!
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 37 USD
- Botanica Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 119 USD
- atta Lakeside Resort Suite | Khao Yai, from 123 USD
- Lala Mukha Tented Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 93 USD
- Kirimaya Golf Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 103 USD
- Baan Kinlom Chom Daw Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 100 USD
- Muthi Maya Forest Pool Villa Resort | Khao Yai, from 214 USD
- Baan Saranya | Khao Yai, from 34 USD
- Apple Camp Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 47 USD
- The Frog Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 51 USD
- Belle Villa Resort Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 52 USD
- Golden Mountain Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 61 USD
- Phuwanalee Resort | Khao Yai, from 76 USD
- Prairie Hills Resort | Khao Yai, from 80 USD
- Palio Inn | Khao Yai, from 83 USD
- Greenery Resort - Khao Yai | Khao Yai, from 84 USD
- Romantic Resort & Spa | Khao Yai, from 100 USD
- Balios Resort Khaoyai | Khao Yai, from 100 USD
- Mandarin Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 139 USD
- Thames Valley Khao Yai Hotel | Khao Yai, from 153 USD
- In Khao Yai Resort | Khao Yai, from 163 USD
|Group size||Rate per person|
|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 launched our review system only few weeks ago, we appreciate your feedback when booking with us.
By: Karyn & Noah Marciniak | posted Mon 27 Mar, 2017
We had an amazing 2-day tour experience! We can't overstate how much it exceeded our expectations! We ended up seeing every single thing that was promised, and so much more including tons of animals and birds. Our guide was excellent and knew the answers to all our questions. We ate great food and the tour was adjusted to accommodate the types of things we wanted to see. We would recommend this tour to everyone!
Local partner – We're happy to read your positive review. That's what we are doing it for, to make the guests have a great time. You are always welcome to return ;-)
By: Laura Castelli | posted Tue 21 Mar, 2017
Booking this tour was a great decision. It was so easy and so much fun. We were picked up at our hostel in Pak Chong and driven to the park. It was just us and our guide/driver. We got to see every inch of Khao Yai, run after gibbons, spot different birds, and even do a night safari where we saw elephants! We felt very safe and taken care of- great value and the passion of our guide (Tata) only made it better. Thank so much- we will definitely be recommending to any friends heading that way!
Local partner – Thanks Laura for your kind words!
By: Reka Kangyal | posted Thu 16 Mar, 2017
We had a really great time, and our tour leader made his best to show us as much as possible within one day. Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience!
Local partner – Thanks for your kind words!
By: Chanda Jakusz | posted Wed 15 Mar, 2017
Tata and Boo were my guides for the day. This trip exceeded my expectations. Tata and Boo knew just were to go to show us various wildlife. I marveled at Tata's skill with bird calls, and really appreciated all that I learned. They both clearly cared about the park and the animals. That shone through. It's not just a job. I will definitely recommend this to others and will name these two for reference.
Local partner – Dear Chanda, Thank you for taking the time to sent us your review. And great to hear our guides did their 'job' well ;-) The passion for the nature and wildlife is the first and most important quality we look for in a guide. The guests will feel that, and it is 'contagious' ;-) Thanks for booking with us!
By: Cindy Lembré | posted Sun 12 Mar, 2017
Hello. It cas an amazing safari. The guide speak perfectly english. We are happé!
Local partner – Thanks Cindy!
By: Ralph Paul Maguire | posted Thu 9 Mar, 2017
A really peaceful day in nature. Jay is an excellent interpreter of the wildlife in the park and we so enjoyed the trek. Without a guide it would be very difficult to navigate and to find the animals and birds. One thing that could help to make the trip even more memorable were if Jay's long lens photos were available. I wholeheartedly recommend others to book the tour with Jay and believe it can be adjusted to all levels of interest.
Local partner – Thanks Ralph Paul for your kind words. Glad to hear you had a lovely day!
By: Pascaline Denblyden | posted Mon 6 Mar, 2017
This is one of the best nature tour I have taken, not only because the animals were gracious enough to greet us. Our guide Tata was excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, open, and Michel more. Tks Tata for making my last days in Thailand so enjoyable. Hoping to welcome you one day in Vancouver.
Local partner – Thanks Pascaline! Sounds like our guide did a great job again (as always ;-) ). If you ever return to Thailand you know where to find us.
By: Wendy Johnson | posted Sun 5 Mar, 2017
Good morning . We have just returned to the UK after a two week holiday in Thailand , we spent two days one night doing the Kui Buri overnight elephant tour . What an experience it was truly one of the highlights of our holiday! A very professional team give us an insight into the world of wild elephants , the walk on the second day was fantastic. I would like to say a big thank you to all involved. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wishing to see how the community and wild elephants can live side by side, it was inspirational.
Local partner – Thanks Wendy for these kind words. We are happy to hear the tour inspired you. Kui Buri is a great example how tourism can help conservation. Best wishes!
By: Stefanie & Bieke | posted Mon 27 Feb, 2017
We booked our trip for Kao Yai for friday 24th. Communication during booking was very clear. We asked to do the trip with other people; to reduce the costs, which wasn't a problem. Our guide (Tata or Tantan, don't know how to write it), came to pick us up at our hotel; which was very easy. On our way into the park; we already saw a few makaaks and the great hornbill. We picked up a German couple; they we're really cool. In the morning we went for a 2,5h hike. Tata was really passionate about nature. He was funny; answered questions and said some really interesting cool stuff. He knew the hiding hole of a scorpion; which he triggered and then put on our hands; he had an eye for detail and showed us the birds and the reptiles, etc. We even saw the crocodile in the water! Lunch was really good; where we saw the waterfall. In the afternoon we went on a chase with the car because they were signs that one of the male elephants was spotted; so we actually saw him! Checking a wild elephant; crossed off of our bucket list! Then we went to visit the scenery; which was a beauuuutiful view of the park; were we saw some sort of wild Thai goats that all of the sudden with a lot or noise showed up. The trip was really unforgettable and was one of the highlights of Thailand; I'd recommend it to everybody!!
Local partner – Dear Stefanie & Bieke, Thank you for your kind feedback. We are happy to hear you seem to have had a great experience. Even seen an elephant and the rare Indochinese Serow (the mountain goat). Very lucky for just a one day visit. We will thank our guide Tata in name of you! Thanks!
We launched our review system only few weeks ago, we appreciate your feedback when booking with us.
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
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion
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