Thai National Parks

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.

What?

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.

Tour itinerary

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.

How much?

These half-day safaris are private tours, please send an inquiry for rates.

Group size Rate per person
1 3500 THB
2 2000 THB
3 1600 THB
4 1300 THB
5 1200 THB
6 1150 THB
7 1100 THB
8 1050 THB

Tour rates include:

  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Drinking water

Reviews from our guests

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About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: | 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 ;-)

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

By: | 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!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: | 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!

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

By: | 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!

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

By: | posted Sun 12 Mar, 2017

Hello. It cas an amazing safari. The guide speak perfectly english. We are happé!

Local partner – Thanks Cindy!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: | 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!

About: 2-days wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: | 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.

About: Kui Buri overnight elephant tour

By: | 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!

About: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

By: | 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!

We launched our review system only few weeks ago, we appreciate your feedback when booking with us.

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
Elephants in Kui Buri National Park

Elephants in Kui Buri National Park

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Elephant in Kui Buri National Park

Elephant in Kui Buri National Park

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