Thai National Parks

Khao Yai National Park

Private Tour | 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 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.


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
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 4.89/5 based on 18 customer reviews

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!

By: | posted Wed 8 Apr, 2020

5/5 stars

We did to 3-days trip at khao yai nationalpark. It was simply amazing and we love to think back to our trip.

The forest itself with all the noises and the huge trees was amazing. Beeing able to see a lot of wildlife even topped that impression. The trip was very well organized from the beginning to the end. We think that booking a guided trip was deftinately worth it! Without our fenomenal guide Tata we wouldn´t have seen half of the animals. Furthermore we learned a lot about the animals from Tata. Before we started our trip we considered exploring the park on our own but in the end we decided to book a guided tour. We can say now, that it was a very good decision and we would deftinately do it again and again.

By: | posted Sun 2 Feb, 2020

5/5 stars

Great experience! - Top level guide! - Very knowledgeable, funny, kind and interested in giving us the best experience possible!

By: | posted Thu 16 Jan, 2020

5/5 stars

Everything was perfect and our guide Tata did a great job tracking much of the wildlife of the park. We got to see and photograph all the animals we came for!


By: | posted Mon 13 Jan, 2020

5/5 stars

Thanks for an amazing time on our 3 day wildlife trek in Khao Yai. The transfers to and from Bangkok ran like clockwork. Our guide Tata was incredible. He's really passionate about the park and we learned so much from him. He was able to tailor our activities to our interests, so we got a very personalised and fun experience. Highly recommended.

Giant fig tree roots at Khao Yai