Cinnamon Tree Frog (Nyctixalus pictus)

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This is our blog where we share all news related to Tontan Travel and our jungle experiences in Thailand. Besides that we share general posts on wildlife watching and the national parks.

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What is the best national park in Thailand to visit

Elephant in Kui Buri national park

Where do I have the best chance to see elephants in the wild?
Where to go for beautiful hikes in evergreen forest?
Where to go to avoid the hordes of tourists?

We will answer these and more questions for you.

Riding elephants to extinction - the hidden truth

Riding elephants to extinction
As a tour operator in Thailand it is inevitable to get requests for elephant riding. Perhaps our tour itineraries that include safari drives to look for elephants are adding to the confusion. But our tours are solely about watching animals in the wild. Trying to sit on one of those wild elephants would be suicide.

For those who don't know, there is a dark side about elephant riding. This tourist activity is bringing the species closer to extinction in the wild.

How to get to Pak Chong by public transport

Hornbill in Khao Yai national park

All you need to know on how to travel to Pak Chong to visit Khao Yai national park. We discuss various public transport options and which we believe are the best.

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New logo of Tontan Travel

new Tontan Travel logo on black background

19 JUN 2019, Thailand
Even though the story behind our old logo is nice, we thought it was about time we updated to a new logo that would have more affinity with what we actually offer - that is wildlife tours!

The story how our company name came to life can...

Kui Buri national park our new tour destination

Large protective female elephant that came to tell us that we should back up. The elephants now own the roads in Kui Buri!

18 JUN 2015, Kui Buri national park
Finally, we managed to find the time to add Thailand's best place for wild elephant watching, Kui Buri national park, to our website. With 99% chance to see elephants and probably about 50% chance to see the world's largest wild cattle, the Gaur, our wildlife safaris in Kui Buri national park are like no other.

Crazy 4 hours in Kaeng Krachan

Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) road cruising in Kaeng Krachan

11 APR 2015, Kaeng Krachan national park
Luck is an important factor in wildlife watching. Some species are so elusive that a chance of an encounter is virtually zero. But how could it happen that we saw two such species in just 4 hours? Did our luck just exceed the million-dollar-lottery-winning luck? Maybe we should play more lotteries...

Leopard sighting in Kaeng Krachan

The Leopard’s hungry look at the alarm-calling langurs in the tree tops

12 MAR 2015, Kaeng Krachan national park
... While all our eyes were aimed at the tree with langurs, I tried to find a better gap through the leaves that were somewhat obstructing the view. Hoping for a decent picture. I walked around our car that was parked in the middle of the dirt road. And for a second I thought my mind was playing tricks on me when I looked on the road behind our car. But no. Soon I realized that I was looking straight in the eyes of a magnificent big cat. A spotted-phase Indochinese Leopard, Panthera pardus delacouri, looked at me and ...

Large Reticulated Python in Kaeng Krachan

Large Reticulated Python in situ

28 FEB 2015, Kaeng Krachan national park
It's been raining pythons, lately. We even managed to spot 3 large Reticulated Pythons in just 24 hours. While following a dry river bed during our herping trip in Kaeng Krachan national park we came across a 5 metre giant snake that was getting ready to shed its skin.

Finding pythons in daytime is not easy, but...

New Year in Pangsida national park

Siamese Crocodile in Pangsida national park

30 DEC 2014, Pangsida national park
The week around New Year many Thais flock to the national parks for day visits, or often even overnight camping. It's the scenery and the cool winter weather that attracts them, usually more so than the wildlife.

Probably the most popular destination is Khao Yai national park, which gets so crowded in this time of year that we have decided not to offer tours in the week around New Year in Khao Yai. A shame really, because this year again we had to disappoint such a large number of foreign tourists wanting to do tours in Khao Yai national park. It made us think how to help these visitors in the future during the national holidays. Therefore, we decided to do another survey trip to Pangsida national park. This time in the last weekend of December and see how busy this park would get.

It is getting cold in Khao Yai

Pileated Gibbon in Khao Yai national park

25 DEC 2014, Khao Yai national park
On our last few Khao Yai national park tours the weather felt un-Thai. Especially the night drives were cold!

The thermometer at the visitor centre showed...

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