Private Tour | 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 chance 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 pm till 5:30 to 6 pm
Wildlife tours in Kui Buri National Park are strictly 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 smaller/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 vehicle is an 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 about 1.5 hours driving distance 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 details in short:
- Duration: half day
- Type: Private tour
- Price: 1,050 to 3,500 Baht per person
- Group size: 1 or more people
- Grade: Easy
- Transport: Safari vehicle
- Start: 2:30 pm
- End: 5-30 - 6 pm (depending on time for sunset)
What to bring:
- Rain clothing
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion
- Hat or cap
Our half-day safaris are private tours. You'll be accompanied by an English speaking licensed guide and no other people will join you; the best way to explore Kui Buri Wildlife Watching area!
|Rate per person
Tour rates include:
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Drinking water
Reviews from our guests
By: Julie COLEMAN | posted Fri 16 Feb, 2024
We loved our trip to the National park to see the elephants and we had a wonderful guide, Som who was very helpful and pointed out lots of things to us on our trip. So lucky to see a herd of wild elephants towards the end of the day. A magical day which we will always remember.
By: Karsten Andersen | posted Wed 7 Feb, 2024
A very interesting and exiting day, with a lot of views of elefants and gaurs. We were blessed with a very good guide (Som) and we had a very good day - all the time and money where spent in the right place. Thanks a lot.
By: annemarie mekenkamp | posted Sun 4 Feb, 2024
Very well organized. Friendly and helpful guide. Would recommend
By: Matthew Woolf | posted Sun 28 Jan, 2024
Brilliant tour that was well organised by TNP. Great wildlife watching (how many other places are you pretty much guaranteed to see wild Asian elephants with every visit), and loved having a local private guide who was able to tell me about the history of the park, how her local community has lived alongside elephants for decades, the wildlife the community lives alongside etc, and elephant behaviour. 10/10 brilliant day
By: Jeremy Pauli | posted Fri 26 Jan, 2024
We didn’t see many elephants and they were far away. Despite this, our guide Som was always trying to help find the best angle for me to take photos and was always in communication with others trying to find more animals. You could tell she loves being out there in the park and I would gladly take more tours with her
By: Nikki | posted Sun 21 Jan, 2024
We loved this tour - plus our guide (who spoke English)! A great experience if you're in the Hua Hin area.
By: Denise Wagener | posted Fri 12 Jan, 2024
Wonderful! Song was a fantastic tour guide!! And we were so lucky to see elefants, even a baby!!! Thank you for everything!!
By: Asher Teren | posted Wed 3 Jan, 2024
Our guide was fantastic. She was very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable. We saw lots of elephants and other fauna and flora.
By: Karen James | posted Sun 31 Dec, 2023
Fantastic experience. We were met by Som, who is incredibly knowledgable about the park, birds and animals. We were lucky enough to see several wild elephants in different locations throughout the park, lots of birds. The whole tour was a highlight of our holiday.
By: Christianus & Eline | posted Mon 25 Dec, 2023
Great experience. We were very lucky to have guide Som and local guide June to escort us during our stay. They were very knowledgeable and good conversation . We saw dozens of elephants and gaurs during a pleasant wild safari drive. The park was well maintained and the viewpoints as well. Driver Jay was excellent driver with professional attitude. It was worth it and pay a bit more for arranging the drive and transport from the hotel and back via thainationalparks.com :)