About Kui Buri
Known to be the best elephant and gaur sighting place in Thailand, it is almost 99% sure visitors will see elephants any day.
Established in 1999 Kui Buri National Park is located in the Tenasserim Hills in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The forests consists of dry- and moist evergreen forests with trees such as Dipterocarpus tuberculatus, Hopea odorata, Terminalia chebula and different species of palms.
The national park is home to one of biggest population of gaurs in entire Thailand with estimated around 100 individuals and around 320 elephants. In December 2013, 24 gaurs were found dead in the national park. Clinic tests concluded that the cause of deaths are bacterial, not chemical substances. Following by this incident, the national park was closed 8 months and re-opened again in August 2014. Recently a herd of 70 gaurs has been spotted feeding near the one of ranger stations.
Although the national park doesn't have that many mammals such as nearby Kaeng Krachan National Park, it is probably the best spot in entire Thailand to easily see few species thanks to the easily accessible open areas. Wild mammals such as gaurs, elephants, golden jackals, leopards, deers, bantengs, langurs are common in the national park.
Kuri Buri has a campsite with a visitor center and bacis facilities, no restaurants. Tents are available for rent at the visitor center from 270B a night including accessories. There is one 3 bed room bungalow with 2 toilets for 1800 Baht per night. Own tent allowed for 30 Baht per night. There is not much interesting to do at the visitor center area of the park.
Visitors who wish to only see wildlife over a day trip are adviced to head directly to a substation called Huai Leuk, it is quite far north from the visitor center. There are also clear signs from the visitor center all the way to the wildlife watching area. Once in Huai Leuk a safari vehicle must be arranged as private vehicles won't be allowed to pass beyond the substation. A guided tour with a safari vehicle is 850B per group (July 2016 price), can be arranged from Huai Leuk on arrival or for 950 Baht from the visitor center. The wildlife watching areas are open from 2pm until sunset but it is recommended to visit the area on the late afternoon as there won't be many animals around on the earlier hours. Visitors won't be allowed to enter the wildlife watching area after 5pm, but the visitors already inside can continue their trip until 6pm or 6:30pm.
The rainy period in the park is May to November with heavy rainfall in May and August to November, less rain June-July. Due to climate change, the rain period may continue a bit beyond November.
The entrance fees is 200 THB for foreigners (children 100 THB), 40 THB for Thai citizens (children 20 THB) and 30 THB for cars. The entrance ticket are valid for both visitor center and wildlife watching area.
Attractions of Kui Buri
Huai Luek Wildlife Watching Area
Hueai Luek Wildlife Watching Area is an area behind Huai Luek Substation where local guides can be arranged for private trips in pickup style safari vehicles. The safari vehicles are open, umbrellas provided in case of rain. A safari tour costs 850 per group. Advance booking is not possible, guides available on spot only. Some guides speaks very basic English, others don't.
The station has a car parking area, toilets and a visitor center.
The wildlife watching area north from the substation is a forested area with several grassland areas. The last grassland area has a viewpoint with nice view over surrounding areas. While doing safari trip the local guides will inform each other with walkie talkies when they see animals. Apart from the elephants gaurs, golden jackals and deers may be seen with a bit of luck.
Dong Ma Fai Waterfall
A 15 tiers which used to be open for visitors, but since a while back closed for visitor because it requires 11 km hiking on raugh terrain and overnight sleeping in the forest.
- 081 776 2410 (Visitor Center)
- 032 646 292 (Visitor Center)
- 090 442 8707 (Wildlife watching area)
(In Thai only)