Kui Buri elephant safari, half day
Kui Buri National Park is known to be the best place in Thailand to spot elephants and relatively good chanse to spot gaurs, and that sometimes in big herds. Gaurs are the biggest cattle species and the fourth biggest land-mammal species in the world. Other possible sightings during the tours include sambar deer, banteng and wild boar.
Due to strict regulations this half-day wildlife safari tour doesn't include any hiking activities apart from leaving the vehicle for short walks to viewing areas, we will only be allowed to do safari driving. During our tour we scan the forest edges on grassland areas known to be prime elephant habitat in hope to see mainly elephants and/or gaurs.
From 2:30 p.m. till 6 p.m.
Wildlife tours in Kui Buri National Park are strickly regulated and limited to certain hours. 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 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.
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.
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.
These half-day safaris are private tours, please send an inquiry for rates.
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Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Drinking water
Reviews from our guests
We appreciate your feedback after the tour when booking with us.
By: Barbara Araya, United States | posted Sat 11 May, 2019
We didn't have enough time to travel to Hua Huin and then to Kui Buri. We were traveling to Bangkok from Phuket, and we decided to contact them with a hope they could do Bangkok-Kui Buri, and yes!! they did it. Everything excellent, the communication we had for the deposit was very clear and confident, the taxi service Bangkok-Kui Buri roundtrip (he waited for us) was pleasant, even the driver did a stop just in case we needed to go to the toilets (he didn't speak english but that wasn't a problem, we could communicate anyways), the safari was exciting, we saw 7 elephants! one very close on the road. The guide was very nice and always shared her knowledge with us. I fully recommend this if you plan to see elephants and support this kind of tourism. I would totally love to go again!
By: Rui Almeida, Portugal | posted Mon 6 May, 2019
The service was exceptional. The guide was passionate and clear in her explanations. She also had lots of materials to enhance the wildlife watching experience: binoculars, book with animals’ pictures, rain protections, etc. We also enjoyed the snacks and coconuts very much. The vehicle was comfortable and safe. It was too bad we could only spot elephants from afar, but that’s not the tour’s fault, of course. It is only a sign that elephants are truly wild and not an object for the entertainment of tourists.
By: Christina Mayer, Austria | posted Mon 8 Apr, 2019
Good adventure... have seen 20 elephants..
We will recommend it
By: Tim Avery, United States | posted Thu 21 Mar, 2019
Excellent trip! Our guide was waiting for us when we arrived and took a keen interest in the fact I was also a birder. Besides elephants, she heard a Great Hornbill call, which I was then able to get in a spotting scope in a distant tree for my family to see. She also was very interested in learning more about the birds, and trying to expand her knowledge as a guide. Thanks again for the great tour!
By: Svetlana, Russia | posted Thu 21 Mar, 2019
We had a nice guide Som who answeres on our questions. She offered us snacks and water, which is not included in the ticket. I wish her all the best
By: Amy Sin, Hong Kong | posted Sun 17 Mar, 2019
Enjoyed the day out. The guides and driver were very attentive and respectful to our individual needs.
By: Yehonatan Samocha, Israel | posted Fri 15 Mar, 2019
I came over with 8 friends to Thailand with aiming to see wild animals. In the tour we meet our guide "beer" which from the first moment treated us like family. He was going as far and beyond to make this tour amazing and it was! We got way more then what we expected at the first place.
Thank you so very much!
By: Inger, Denmark | posted Tue 12 Mar, 2019
We had an amazing time in the national park! We saw 14 wild elephants and our guide was the best!
We hope to come back one day.
By: Andrew Perkins, Thailand | posted Sat 2 Mar, 2019
We made our booking through the National Parks web site which worked very well. Our first surprise was to be told that cheaper services were available from others although they may not provide English speaking guides and may make up larger groups. We decided to stay with the National Parks, and were very happy that we did so. The guide met us slightly before the arranged time. She was able to speak very good English and provided very good information over the whole visit.
We were lucky to see a large heard of around 30 elephants at the first main viewing point. We were able to watch them go into the water hole, dust off and feed. The designated viewing areas give good views over large areas of grass land surrounded by dense jungle so the elephants can sometime be quite close and sometimes quite far away. It is good idea to have either binoculars or a camera with a long lens in case the heard is some distance away.
We continued in to the park and were lucky to find a single young male in woodland at the end of the track and an older single male at the water hole near the ranger station so were also able to view these from much closer.
The whole afternoon was well organised with very helpful and knowledgeable guides. We would defiantly recommend paying the slightly higher fee to book with the Park Authority.
By: Terence, Australia | posted Tue 19 Feb, 2019
Excellent, very enjoyable! Saw lots of elephants - Thai local guide ‘Som’ was amazing!
Tour details in short:
- Duration: 0.5 day
- Type: Private tour
- Price: 1,050 to 3,500 THB per person
- Group size: 1 or more people
- Grade: Easy
- Transport: Safari vehicle
- Start: 2:30 p.m.
- End: 6 p.m.
What to bring
- Rain clothing
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion
- Hat or cap