Thai National Parks

Birdwatching tours in Khao Yai

Why?

Home to several hundred different type of bird species, Khao Yai National Park is no doubt among one of the best destination in Thailand for birding trips. Few of exciting birds seen in the park are oriental pied-, great-, brown- and wreathed hornbills, ground dwelling birds like silver pheasant and Siamese fireback, red-headed and orange breasted trogons, several pitta, barbet, owl, broadbill species and many many more.

Our itineraries are suitable for first-timers as well as for experienced birders targeting specific birds. During our birding trips there are great possibilities to see other exciting animals.

Expand to see list of bird species found in Khao Yai

What?

Our birdwatching tours in Khao Yai are private tours with flexible itineraries accompanied by professional birding guides. We will discuss in advance about what you are after and decide the destinations accordingly. If you don't require anything specific, we'll come up with suggestions.

Where & When?

Khao Yai national park lies just 2.5 - 3 hours from Bangkok, accessible through various public transformation services but also by private transfers on request. A taxi trip from Bangkok takes 2.5 hours, it costs 2200 THB one way and 3200 THB for a round trip within same day.

Our birding adventure starts from nearny Pak Chong. The park is open all year round and tours available throughout the year. Birding possibilities are always good with every season offering different advantages, but the winter season November to February is generally best time for birdwatching. Hornbills are known to be nesting from January until May.

How much?

Our birdwatching tours are private tours and all-inclusive except for the accommodation. Prices shown below are per day and person. Multi-day trips up to 3-4 days are possible.

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 7200 THB
2 3800 THB
3 3200 THB
4 2700 THB
5 2400 THB
6 2250 THB
7 2100 THB
8 and up 2000 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees (400 baht per person/day)
  • Expert birding guide (English)
  • Transportation from/to hotel or other meeting point
  • Lunch
  • 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:

  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 2,000 - 7,200 THB per person
  • Group size: 1 or more people
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Transport: Pick-up truck
  • Start: 6:30 a.m.
  • End: - 6 to 7 p.m.

What to bring:

  • Long trousers
  • Sweater or light jacket
  • Rain clothing
  • Hiking or sport shoes
  • Towel
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Photo camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Hat or cap
Orange-headed thrush

Orange-headed thrush

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Green-eared barbet

Green-eared barbet

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Orange-breasted trogon

Orange-breasted trogon

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