Thai National Parks

Kui Buri overnight elephant tour

If you wish to see wild Asian elephants in their true natural habitat, chances to see elephants in Thailand are best in Kui Buri National Park. The park is more important than that, it has the biggest population of gaurs in Thailand; they too tend to show up together with elephants sometimes. Gaur is the largest bovine and the fourth largest living land animal. The population of these beautiful creatures are estimated to around 300 elephants and 100 gaurs.

Why?

Kui Buri National Park may not offer the same biodiversity and lush evergreen jungles like in Kaeng Krachan, Khao Sok or Khao Yai National Parks, but the frequent sighting of the biggest of all mammals makes it a memorable wildlife destination. Besides elephants and gaurs some other possible sightings during a visit are; banteng, barking deer and sambar deer amongst many others.

The park is one of very few protected areas in Thailand with a successful protection program to reduce poaching and protect the wildlife. This by spread the knowledge but also by letting the locals benefit from the tourism.

What?

The tour includes a stay overnight inside or outside the park. The cheaper option of stay is inside the park, a rustic cabin at one of ranger stations far from western standards of comfort. It offers a unique way to see and experience the wild in the park. A stay in the park offers the magical nocturnal 'songs' of elephants, gaurs and many other animals. The other option for stay is a standard hotel outside the park boundaries.

This tour is not for the kids or faint-hearted people. The heat can be exhausting while hiking or in the open-air safari truck. Hiking in the elephant and gaur territory can be thrilling as they are the most dangerous mammals of Thailand. Due to safety precautions the group size for this tour is limited to maximum 6 people with minimum age of 15 years old.

It is possible to combine a trip to Kui Buri National Park with one of our tour packages for Kaeng Krachan National Park. Elephant sighting is not that common in Kaeng Krachan but instead the park offers a greater variety of other animals as well as the true jungles with impressive trees and lush vegetation. Kaeng Krachan is one of best locations in mainland Asia to see a great variety of birds.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 - From 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (afternoon session)

Today, after a mandatory registration we will get assigned an open-air vehicle with driver and an assistant. The tour will begin by driving slowly into the reserve on the main dirt road north heading to the main grassland areas. While driving slowly, we will search for any wildlife including birds or any other smaller as well as bigger animals. Our first stop will be a viewing area where we leave the vehicle in hope to spot wildlife, mainly elephants. We will later on continue to the next viewing area at the end of the road, best known for spotting gaurs, but also elephants and sometimes bantengs.

During the tour, your guide will give you information about the habitat, wildlife and history of the park. You will be returned to Kui Buri town after the trip.

The type of assigned vehicles is open-air pick-up truck driven by locals. It is the Kui Buri National Park's policy to let locals do the driving, a policy that showed to be a success in reducing the poaching in the park.

Depending on your choice, you'll be taken to the ranger station or to the hotel outside the park where the dinner will be provided by our guide.

There are no activities planned later in the evening due to danger of wandering elephants and gaurs in the dark. It is stricly prohibited to leave the ranger station in the dark.

DAY 2 - From 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. (morning session)

On the second day we continue to explore the park on foot in open glassland areas with scattered pockets of open forest. During the hiking we have to be very alert to avoid run into elephants or gaurs. The chances to see these big animals are bigger by driving, but it is a more exciting experience on foot. On the other hand the chances to see some smaller animals are better by hiking. The area is rich on birds, reptiles etc.

The hike can be exhausting if the sun is shining, it is recommended to have sufficient protection. We provide drinking water.

We finish the trip with a last safari drive out of the park.

Where & When?

Kui Buri National Park lies at about 1.5 hours driving from Hua Hin and nearly 4 hours from Bangkok. We can offer private transfers from Bangkok, Hua Hin or other destinations. The park is open all year round.

Tour rates include:

  • Lodging in rustic cabin or hotel (1 night)
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Dinner & breakfast
  • Drinking water
Rate per person
Group size Basic cabin Hotel
1 8200 THB 9250 THB
2 4650 THB 5175 THB
3 3700 THB 4400 THB
4 3100 THB 3625 THB
5 2900 THB 3530 THB
6 2650 THB 3175 THB

Reviews from our guests

We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.

About: 3-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Israel | posted Wed 20 Sep, 2017

Our guide in the first day was khan and in the second and third day was tata.

We had a perfect time in the national park.

A big part of it thanks to our guides. They were just fantastic. Showed a lot of knowledge in many different subjects. Were very flexable and kind. Very happy with an amazing attitude .

Also the park is pretty impressive.

The hotel we stayed was beautiful with great breakfast.

Thank you so much!

Tour operator's response

Dear Rotem,

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip with our guides.

Thank you for booking with us!

Hope to see you again ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: , Netherlands | posted Sun 17 Sep, 2017

Great experience. Friendly, enthousiastic and helpfull guides. Learned us a lot about the flora and fauna.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Joop for the kind words!

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: | posted Tue 12 Sep, 2017

1 day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

We had a very enjoyable time during the National Park tour and night safari. We had the opportunity to come into contact with lizards, scorpion and moth, as well as have various wildlife sightings such as giant black squirrel, giant hornbill, muntjac, gibbon, common mock viper, ape, porcupines and lantern flies. We were also really lucky to have caught a glimpse of an elephant!

Tata is an excellent tour guide and has a great eye for detail, being able to spot wildlife from afar. He is extremely patient with us and also very passionate about his work. He is really knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting facts on wildlife that we saw. The scope used greatly enhanced our wildlife experience. All in all we had a really good time on this tour! Two thumbs up!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Sat 9 Sep, 2017

My tour was awesome!! Even though I only signed up for a day trip - everything went really smoothly, including the taxi pick-up, the tour itself, and the taxi drive back to Bangkok. I felt I was really able to see a good glimpse of the wildlife in the park and the hike was stunning. Thanks to my tour guide for being so awesome at spotting animals and a great experience overall!!

Tour operator's response

Thanks Jennifer!

Good to hear about your good experience.

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , Italy | posted Sat 9 Sep, 2017

Thanks so much for the day spent together. We had very good and professional guides. We could observe the real thai wildlife and we loved it!! Surely, we recomend this adventure at all.

Pietro

About: Doi Inthanon National Park adventure tour (rainy season)

By: , Israel | posted Sat 2 Sep, 2017

PERFECT. Dui is amazing. So is jo.

About: 2-day tour - Erawan Falls, raft house stay at Sai Yok National Park & more

By: , Singapore | posted Sat 2 Sep, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful trip! Love the food that our guide Mai brought us to. The places were beautiful. We really enjoyed ourselves! The whole tour was not too rush and with the private transport it was great! Will recommend to other friends! :)

Tour operator's response

Hi Chae Yun,

I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with us, I will make sure to pass this message to Mai.

I wish you all the best!!

Steffen

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , United States | posted Tue 29 Aug, 2017

We absolutely loved our trip to Khao Yai - our taxi drivers were prompt and polite, and our tour guide - Apple - was phenomenal. Although the weather was not on our side, we sighted numerous monkeys, white handed gibbons, two species of horn bills and much, much more.

I highly recommend visiting Khao Yai to nature-lovers everywhere. Be sure to come prepared for rain and mosquitoes, and leave your fear of creepy crawlers at home!

We had a blast! Thank you again for the devoted team at Khao Yai, who preserve the park and share it with the rest of us.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Hannah for your kind review!

Glad to hear you had a great time with our guide.

You are always welcome to visit again ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai (Group tour)

By: , China | posted Sat 26 Aug, 2017

It was a lovely day in the national park.

The walk through the wild was the highlight of the day for me, I wish it would have last longer, but not everyone is comfortable walking in the mud through the vines.

The park is big, as a result we spent a significant amount of time in the car, on the road.

I would also have liked to get more information from the guide, about the wild life, about tips on where to look for interesting sight, how to spot wild animal etc.

A good day nevertheless.

Tour operator's response

Dear Adam,

Thank you for sharing your feedback.

Yes, with a group tour it is not as flexible to change the itinerary. It is easier with a private tour when our guides can more adapt to the preference of the guests.

Also, because we tend to focus on wildlife watching, generally speaking the driving offers the better chances for bigger wildlife because more distance is covered. Obviously it is nature so there are never guarantees, but our experience has learned that e.g. results to spot elephants increases significantly when driving. Being a highlight species, we do our best to give the guests the best chance.

Am a little surprised to hear the guide did not share enough information about the wildlife. He is very knowledgeable and we usually get to hear different opinions on this matter from guests that have joined him on a trip.

About tips on how to spot the animals, I guess that is the secret of the guide ;-)

That is something very hard to explain. Especially in jungles like in Thailand, it is so 3-dimensional and animals can literally be anywhere, and yet often are so well camouflaged that one can stand in front of it, and still not actually notice it.

But next time, don't hesitate to ask such questions ;-)

About: 1-day wildlife tour with night safari in Khao Yai

By: , Netherlands | posted Wed 23 Aug, 2017

We booked a 1 day with night safari last August 6th through Thai National Parks. This was by far the best organised safari trip we have experienced. Our guide (Apple is his name) was exactly on time, with a clean car (being Dutch both things are important to us ;-) ) and what's more, he showed not only great knowledge and pasion about the park, the jungle, the vegatation and the animals, he also mastered our language pretty well (besides his impeccable mastering of English). So we have here someone who is really interested and enthustiastic, it was a great pleasure to have him as a guide socializing also very well with our teenage daughters. He chose a great route through the jungle and got away from the usual tracks. This allowed us to see Gibbons, great Hornbills, green snakes, Cinnoman trees etc. Food was arranged, and again we had a briliant lunch and dinner. Unfortunately it started raining during our evening safari, but nevertheless we saw porcupines and many deers so that was a nice experienc after all. Anything negative? Yeah, we wished we booked a longer tour! So I highly recommend booking a safari with Thai National Parks and book Apple as well, it is a experience you will not forget.

Tour operator's response

Thanks Bas for the kind words.

We will pass it on to guide Apple.

And you are always welcome for a longer trip ;-)

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Type: Private tour
  • Price: 2,650 to 9,250 THB
  • Group size: 1 - 6 people
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Transport: Safari vehicle
  • Start: 2:30 p.m. on day-1
  • End: 11 a.m. on day-2

What to bring

  • Long trousers
  • Rain clothing
  • Sandals
  • Hiking or sport shoes
  • Towel
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock lotion
  • Sleeping bag liner
Selfie with elephants

Selfie with elephants

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