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: Aurore Lepiece, Thailand | posted Tue 30 Oct, 2018
We saw a lot of elephant and gaurs! It was an amazing experience.
Pleasant staffs. Thank you!
By: Stuart Larkins, United Kingdom | posted Thu 18 Oct, 2018
I booked the half day elephant safari for myself and 6 family members. We were not disappointed. It was wonderful to see a family of elephants, albeit from some distance. We live in Thailand, and have travelled extensively, but this was the first time we have seen elephants in the wild. I would highly recommend this tour, the guides and drivers were superb and really took care of us. Considering there were seven of us, this was excellent value for money.
By: Roger Stridsberg, Sweden | posted Tue 16 Oct, 2018
An very enjoyable tour with a proficient and friendly guide. Thank you!
By: Chis Pardington, United States | posted Mon 1 Oct, 2018
It was a nice cooler than usual day and our guide Khun Ton was excellent. It was very nice to not be rushed and mobbed by other groups as we made our way through the park to see 1 Jackall and at least 15 elephants. Bring a telephoto lens! One of the rangers has one that weighs about 30 pounds!
By: Jeanna Simmons, Australia | posted Sun 30 Sep, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our guide’s enthusiasm was contagious and we all had a great time!
By: Rachael Patching, United Kingdom | posted Mon 24 Sep, 2018
We have been travelling for 6 months and this is the best thing we have seen and done. What a wonderful, perfect experience. The only way to see wild animals- in the wild! Thank you so much
By: Delphine Millet, France | posted Sat 18 Aug, 2018
The guide was excellent, thank you very much for this amazing experience with nature.
By: Svend Ulstrup, Denmark | posted Mon 9 Apr, 2018
Perfect Day. Felt very welcone, Nice guide full of exceiting information. We had a wonderful Day where we Saw a lot of Wild Elephants
By: Chloé Deloos, France | posted Mon 26 Mar, 2018
The tour in Kui Buri was perfect! Ton has organized the taxi from Bangkok, the safari and the accommodation in Kui Buri. The place was wonferful and quiet.
The guides were very nice and very professional! We have seen several elephants.
Thank you for this amazing experience!
By: Marta Glogowska, Poland | posted Sat 17 Mar, 2018
Visiting Kui Buri National Park with our 2 kids (1 year and 3 years) was an amazing experience and definitely highlight of our holiday in Thailand. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient with spotting animals. In fact, we believe that he was the reason why we were able to see 10 elephants and several other animals during our trip. Additionally we highly assess their flexibility. They knew that we’re family with little kids so they sugessted we can make our trip shorter as March tends to be hot and animals would probably show up only later in the afternoon. This way we saved our kids an hour waiting in the sun while still saw many animals. Our kids were crazy about this trip!
Tour operator's response
Thanks Marta for your kind words.
Good to hear you and your kids enjoyed the trip in Kui Buri.
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