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.
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.
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.
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
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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!
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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
- Hiking or sport shoes
- Insect repellent
- Hat or cap
- Sunblock lotion
- Sleeping bag liner