A handsome male Northern Pig-tailed Macaque

1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai national park

Tour description in short

Location of Khao Yai national park on the map of Thailand

The 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai consists of a full day of exploring nature with a primary focus on wildlife watching.

We will explore the jungle both by car and on foot, and search for animals in various habitats. And enjoy some scenic locations like a waterfall along the way.

Why our 1-day tour?

The one-day tour in Khao Yai is a great opportunity to learn you should set aside a few more days for wildlife watching in this amazing national park on your next holiday to Thailand ;)

With a bit of luck on your side, you can actually see quite a lot of animals in just one day. And even without seeing wildlife, the nature is well worth visiting!

Click the following buttons to contact us, watch our video, or continue reading, below.

Tour package summary


  • Wildlife watching
  • Safari drive(s)
  • Jungle walk(s)
  • Waterfall(s)
  • Viewpoint(s)

Tour details

  • 1-day tour
  • Private tour
  • 1600 - 5400 Baht (per person)
  • Difficulty level: Moderate

What's included?

  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport during tour
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Leech protection socks
Check out our video to get an idea about our tour activities in Khao Yai national park.
A black White-handed Gibbon eating figs
A black White-handed Gibbon eating figs.

Tour itinerary

Here follows the itinerary of our 1-day wildlife tour in .
Note: Often enough, our itineraries get turned upside down. It is impossible to plan in nature; the wildlife does not follow timetables, therefore the following itinerary is just a rough example.

Day 1 (08:00 to ±18:00)

The tour starts with a scenic drive into the park. We will try to spot wildlife in the tree tops along the road. Depending on what we find we might stop here and there. Sometimes we even track animals on foot into the jungle, for example when we hear the calls of the gibbons. And along the way we stop at a viewing area where besides the nice view, we often see macaques and sometimes hornbills.

Blue-eared Kingfisher
Seeing colourful birds in the jungle like this Blue-eared Kingfisher is a delight.
Sambar deer with antlers
A Sambar deer with antlers.

After this initial drive, we will set out on foot for a jungle walk. Walking among impressive trees, looking out for anything that moves, from insects to mammals. If lucky there might be a fruiting fig tree around attracting many creatures. But contrary to what you may assume, wildlife watching on foot, especially if targeting larger creatures can be quite challenging. On average, the safari drives tend to be a bit more successful. But being out on foot is a great feeling and the best way to look for smaller critters.

When we return from the walk, we will head to a park restaurant for lunch. The afternoon continues with a visit to a waterfall. Even though we visit the falls to enjoy the scenery, it does not mean that we take a break from the wildlife watching. We have seen all kinds of interesting species on our drive there, as well as near the waterfall.

With luck you may see elephants in the grasslands of Khao Yai
With luck you may see elephants in the grasslands of Khao Yai.
Exploring the wonders of nature with your kids
Exploring the wonders of nature with your kids. An adventure they will never forget.

The rest of the late afternoon we further explore the park by car. Going past open plains, mineral licks, and a lot more forest to hopefully see more wildlife. The chances to see wild elephants increase in the late afternoon. They are not a rarity in Khao Yai, though certainly do not reveal themselves every day. So, luck needs to be on your side. But chances are you will see some other interesting birds or other wildlife on this afternoon safari.

At the end of the day, the guide will return you either to your hotel or meet up with your taxi for travelling onwards to your next destination.

It is possible to combine the tour with a roundtrip transfers from and to Bangkok, all on the same day. Please, contact us for more information.

Silver Oriental Vine Snake
In Khao Yai the adults of the harmless Oriental Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) are either orange-yellow or silver grey like this specimen. With some luck the skilled eyes of your guide may spot one in the road side bushes.

Extra information about the national park

Lantern bugs on a tree
These unusual looking bugs are often referred to as lantern bugs (Pyrops ducalis). Stunning little creatures!

Khao Yai national park lies at just 2.5 - 3 hours northeast of Bangkok and is easily accessible.

Our tours start from Pak Chong, a town to the north of the park. And we are able to organize transfers from Bangkok, and other places.

The park is open all year round, and our tours can take off every day of the year. But booking in advance is recommended!

For information on the best time of the year to visit the park, and for more of our tours in Khao Yai, click here.

How much does a tour cost?

These are the rates (per person) for our 1-day tour package based on your group size. Followed by a list of what is included. And feel free to check out our other packages in Khao Yai, below.

Group size: Rate per person:
1 Person 5400 Baht
2 People 3000 Baht
3 People 2500 Baht
4 People 2300 Baht
5 People 2100 Baht
6 People 1800 Baht
7 People 1700 Baht
8 People 1600 Baht
Age: Reduction:
4 to 12 years -200 Baht
0 to 3 years free

What's included?

  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport during tour
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Leech protection socks

Other tours in Khao Yai national park

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Reviews of the 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

Our guests have rated us 4.9 out of 5 stars (23 reviews)!

  • 23.

    Name: , Israel

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 11 Oct 2022


    We had a great experience at our last day in Thailand. Tata, the guide, was really nice. He took us to a short and beautiful trail (2.5 hours) in the jungle. A short visit to a waterfall and then we happened to see elephants in the wild from really close. Thanks a lot!

  • 22.

    Name: , Italy

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 17 Aug 2022


    Bellissima esperienza! Guida soltanto per noi, esperienza su misura in base alle nostre richieste. Da provare

  • 21.

    Name: , België

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 13 Jul 2022


    We had an amazing experience in Khao Yai. Although it was raining all day, our guide did the very best to make it a memorable tour. Thanks to her, we saw a lot of animals we wouldn't have spotted otherwise. She really helped us to show them, so we could take beautiful pictures. I even won a photo competition from a travel magazine with my picture of 2 great hornbills!

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Thank you for your kind feedback. I couldn't resist to google your name and found your winning image of the Great hornbill male and female that nearly kiss in flight.
    That's a great shot, congratulations!

    Thank you for joining our tour.

  • 20.

    Name: , Australia

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 11 Jun 2022


    Very well-guided tour. I recommend this tour for people interested in wildlife.

  • 19.

    Name: , Thailand

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 05 Jun 2022


    We had a good time exploring Khao Yai during a day. Thank you to our guide who was happy to help and show us the wild life. Good organization from the Agency.

  • 18.

    Name: , United States

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 25 Apr 2022


    Had an amazing day in Khao Yai with our guide, Tata. He was a fantastic guide - friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient, and great at explaining the things we saw to us in both English and Thai. Thanks to his excellent wildlife-spotting skills we saw and photographed a variety of wildlife, including gibbons, hornbills, and other birds. Getting the opportunity to watch a bear in a tree high above a valley was an unexpected and unforgettable highlight. There is no way we would have seen much at all had we been on our own. We also loved that Tata was flexible and didn't need to stick to a fixed itinerary, instead conforming the trip to what we told him we hoped to see and do. We highly recommend the tour - our only regret was not being able to stay for a night tour and second night! We really appreciated Tontan Travel's quick response to our last-minute booking request and questions. The guesthouse pickup was exactly on time and lunch was quite good. We're already talking taking another tour with Tontan at Khao Yai or another park as soon as we have the chance.

    Asian Black Bear in a tree
    Flying Great Hornbill
    Black Giant Squirrel
  • 17.

    Name: , Thailand

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 01 Apr 2022


    We had a very good time during our tour. Our guide, Tata was experienced & professional. Without him we would missed the beautiful wildlife around the forest. We enjoyed our thai food lunch too. Overall a great experience and we would do the tour again with Tontan if we ever come back to khao yai.

    Sambar deer
    Pa Dieo Die viewpoint
    Pa Dieo Die viewpoint panorama
    Female Vogel's Pit Viper
    Haew Suwat waterfall
  • 16.

    Name: , Poland

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 17 Feb 2022


    I really enjoyed the trip. The guides are professional and passionate. I really recommend. Thank you! :)

  • 15.

    Name: , Slovenia

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 28 Dec 2021


    Me, my wife and my 14 years old son were more than satisfied with a one-day Khao Yai tour led by the guide Waroon. TonTan is a serious tour organizer and Waroon an excellent guide and wildlife lover. They delivered everything we came to Khao Yai for - the most amazing wildlife that still inhabits the Thai wild: elephants, gibbons, hornbills, pit vipers, owls, kingfishers, ... you name it. All in all, you can't go wrong with TonTan.

    Watching a wild elephant taking a shower
    A rare daytime sighting of the nocturnal Small-toothed Palm Civet in a fruiting fig tree
    A male Vogel's Pit Viper
    A male Banded Kingfisher in all its glory

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Thank you for your kind review and the great images!
    That elephant shot is really cool!

  • 14.

    Name: , France

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 15 Aug 2020


    We are extremely happy and satisfied with your travel. Tontan travel arranged our jungle trekking trip very clear, detail and professional.

    They provide us with leech-protection socks, water, sweets and of course, talented-friendly guide.

    Our guide, Khun Tata is very helpful, professional, friendly, warm, well-explained and he knew very well the jungle condition and the best spot where the animals are. His knowledge about the park and nature amazed us.

    Me and my husband really enjoyed the trekking and we managed to spot a macaque just when we arrived in the park and when we started to explore deeper inside the forest, Khun Tata managed to spot a group of hornbills, black giant squirrel, gibbons, white-hand gibbons, deers, beautiful butterflies, crazy looking spider. The forest with its giant trees and plants are stunning. Me and my husband really enjoy the trekking not to mention the delicious lunch. We were lucky the weather was friendly. I have to admit that being able to witness all those beautiful creatures in the forest has completed our trip in Khao Yai.

    It was our first trip outside home after being locked for 5 months because of the pandemic. We were just moved to Thailand in the beginning of the year from France and was planning to visit the park but we have to postponed and we knew now that our waited time is not for nothing.

    We will certainly come back to Khao Yai and planning another trip with you again. We would 100% recommended Tontan travel to our family and friends!
    Good job and we wish you all the best!

    Great Hornbill
    White-handed Gibbon
  • 13.

    Name: , Italy

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 05 Aug 2018


    Good morning.

    I'm Marcello and family.
    We did a tour of the Kao Yai National Park on August 5th, starting from Bangkok.

    In the park, we were accompanied by mr Beer, your guide.

    This email is to thank you for the beautiful day spent in the park and to tell you that we are delighted with the high level of your organization and the professionalism and availability of both the driver and guide Beer.

    I will not fail to advertise you with our friends.

    I will write, as a google-guide and reviewer of tripadvisor since several years, a great review about you.

    Thanks again and congratulations.

    Marcello Grantini

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Thank you for your kind review.
    Good to hear you had a great time!

  • 12.

    Name: , Nederland

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 02 Aug 2017


    Beste Ton,

    Ik wil je via deze weg even heel hartelijk bedanken voor jullie flexibiliteit gisteren. Je kunt je niet voorstellen hoe ik schrok toen we na de reis bij aankomst in Khao Yai erachter kwamen dat ik mijzelf een dag vergist had.

    Uiteindelijk hebben we een geweldige dag gehad en Apple was de perfecte tourguide.

    Nogmaals hartstikke veel dank en ik zal een mooie aanbeveling op Trip Advisor zetten.

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Bedankt Wytze,

    Gelukkig was het nog te regelen.
    Wij kunnen ons wel degelijk voorstellen hoe je je gevoeld zult hebben toen je erachter kwam dat je een dag te vroeg op de stoep stond. Het is voor ons namelijk ook een grote schok als zo'n telefoontje vroeg in de ochtend komt. Op zo'n moment weten wij namelijk ook niet meteen of de fout misschien wel bij ons ligt. Een verkeerde datum noteren in het boekingssysteem en het kan behoorlijk rampzalig uitpakken voor de gasten. Meteen een paar lelijke reviews online, haha. Kortom valt allemaal niet mee een tour bedrijf te runnen ;-) . Gelukkig gaat het eigenlijk bijna nooit mis. Maar ook wij zijn gewoon mensen... ;-)
    Dus zo'n moment is erg stressvol voor ons.

    In dit geval, was de naam niet meteen duidelijk bij ons doorgekomen via de gids, dus nog meer stress, haha. Wie zou het kunnen zijn? Vervolgens door wat extra informatie leek het om jullie te gaan, en toen we Apple nogmaals vroegen of het misschien 'Van den Berg' was, leek de naam een belletje te doen rinkelen.
    Maar waarom hebben wij die boeking pas de dag erna staan?

    Emails snel doorspitten, en gelukkig voor ons werd vrij snel duidelijk dat er nooit over 02 Augustus is gesproken. Dat de boeking toch echt gemaakt was voor 03 Augustus, en dat de fout dus niet bij ons lag.
    Pas dan is er grote opluchting, haha ;-) .
    Het is een van de redenen waarom wij altijd de gasten aanraden via email contact te leggen en niet per telefoon. Want als dit per telefoon was geboekt dan is het ons woord tegen dat van de gasten als er een misverstand blijkt en dat kun je dan nooit meer natrekken wie verantwoordelijk is, dus heeft de gast per definitie gelijk, haha.

    Maar goed, op dat moment was het probleem voor jullie nog niet opgelost. Uiteindelijk is het natuurlijk wel zo prettig als het dan toch nog lukt om letterlijk last-minute een oplossing te vinden.
    Gelukkig was een andere trip waar we Apple aanvankelijk voor hadden gevraagd uiteindelijk toch niet bevestigd, dus was hij nog beschikbaar. Dat is een geluk bij een ongeluk, want deze periode is de drukste tijd van het jaar voor ons. Daardoor kon jullie trip ondanks een dag vroeger dan geboekt gelukkig gewoon doorgaan. Want hoe flexibel we ook zouden willen zijn, als alle gidsen volgeboekt zouden zijn, is er niks wat wij aan die situatie zouden kunnen veranderen.
    Gelukkig dus allemaal goed afgelopen.

    En weer fijn te horen dat jullie bovendien een mooie trip hebben gehad met Apple. Daar gaat het uiteindelijk natuurlijk om.

    Een hele fijne vakantie nog en bedankt voor jullie boeking en jullie enthousiasme dat je geen dag langer meer kon wachten om de jungle in te gaan, hahaha.

    Groetjes Ton & Tan

  • 11.

    Name: , Belgium

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 29 Jan 2017


    Hi Ton & Tan,

    We had a super lucky day. Thanks.
    A great hornbill, gibbons, black giant squirrel, and when it seemed the elephants did not want to show, suddenly one appeared in the middle of the road.

    "Chapeau" to Beer, our guide. He knows his jungle, he knows his animals en he does it with his heart. Not just a regular "touristy guide".

    Kind regards,

    Jean & Mayé

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    What a great way to finish your day!
    Great you have enjoyed the park and the guidance of guide Beer. We are happy to work together with him.

    Hopefully, on one of your future visits in Thailand there is more space in our schedule for you to do a longer trip ;-)

    Best wishes,
    Ton & Tan

  • 10.

    Name: , Singapore

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 17 Dec 2015



    My friends and i would like to thank you for the Khao Yai trip. Beer was the best guide we could have ever asked for. We'll consider your services again in future.

    Khob koon maag krup. Chok dee na krup!


    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Dear Trevor,

    Thank you for your positive feedback.
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip with our guide Beer. We will pass your comments to him!

    Hopefully we'll meet you again someday,
    Ton & Tan

  • 9.

    Name: , Netherlands

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 22 Mar 2015


    Wij hebben een top dag gehad, gids "Beer" en de chauffeur (weet zijn naam niet) zijn geweldig. Vol enthousiasme vertellen ze hun verhaal en je ziet dat ze het zelf ook leuk vinden.
    Een echte aanrader deze Tour!

    Groet Thomas

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Bedankt Thomas voor je feedback. Blij te horen dat jullie een mooie dag hebben gehad mede door het enthousiasme van de gids en chauffeur.
    Jullie zijn altijd welkom nog eens terug te komen ;)

  • 8.

    Name: , France

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 21 Jan 2014



    Back in France we would like to thank you all for the day trip we had in Khao Yai. Tata and Doreen were really amazing on that day!
    It's impossible to describe with words how much this tour has moved us.

    We want to go back to Thailand as soon as possible and be able to spend 3 or 4 days with them in the park!
    We have seen a lot of amazing things during our honeymoon (Angkor, Bangkok and Kho Pha Ngan) but this is one of the most living memories we have. They know the place like the back of their hand, are full of energy and love the park a lot. They are like magicians: out of nowhere, they put the head out of the car's window, stop the car and show us a tiny bird 100m far from where we stand!

    We expected that day to be a wonderful experience and were looking forward to it, but we were far to imagine how good it would be.

    Here are some the pictures we took: https://sites.google.com/site/smatykolee/thaielande---janvier-2014/khao-yai

    So, in a nutshell, thanks everyone and especially Tata and Doreen, and see you soon!

    Best regards, Carine and Aurélien.

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Hi Carine & Aurélien,

    Thank you for your message and glad to hear you've really enjoyed your stay in Khao Yai, even though it was short.

    You are always welcome to come back and further explore the park for a few more days.

    Thank you for booking with us!
    Tony & Tan

  • 7.

    Name: , China

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 03 Oct 2012


    Hi Tan & Tony,

    We are lucky to choose you as our guides, Tan was always smiling and very
    patiently taught us the knowledge of a variety of wildlife, Tony is often
    wrinkled brows heart looking for wild animals in the forest, very pleasant day
    trip, we all thank you very much,I am willing to introduce my friend, some
    wildlife enthusiasts to participate in your tour group.


    Best regards
    Ou & Li 李晋和小欧

    hum hum monkey
    Large centipede
    Small lizards

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Hi Ou & Li,

    Thank you for your entry in our guest book.
    It was nice spending the day with you in the park. And luck was on our side!

    We hope to see you all once again in the future,

  • 6.

    Name: , Nederland

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 06 Jul 2012


    Dear Ton and Tan,

    We thoroughly enjoyed our day with you in khao yai. Your great eye for spotting animals and your stories about the park, made the day a great success for us and the children.
    We hope to come back to Thailand soon.

    Warm regards,

    Janine, Andre, Ruben and Annemijn.

    Giant Forest Scorpion
    Giant Millepeed

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Hi Ruben, Annemijn, Andre and Janine,

    Thank you for leaving a message in our guestbook.
    We had a great day with you and it was good to see the kids enjoying nature.

    You're always welcome to come back, and as you wrote by email, maybe next time for more than one day; Khao Yai deserves it!

    Best wishes,

    Tan & Ton

  • 5.

    Name: , Holland

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 14 Feb 2012


    Beste Tan en Ton,

    Wat een super service kregen we van jullie. 's Avonds gebeld en volgende morgen konden we mee op de 1-daagse trip door het park. Wat een kadootje gelijk bij de ingang al een olifant gespot. Daarna nog de neushoornvogel, soort van herten, eekhoorns, en nog een olifant geroken ;-) en gezien. Top, zo olifanten beleven in het wild in thailand ipv op de rug als toerist.

    Dank jullie. Ook voor de tips en taxirit die jullie zelf voor ons reden. Hardstikke goede service!!
    Veel succes met jullie vele plannen en veel plezier samen.

    Groetjes Frank en Marielle uit Brabant

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Beste Frank & Marielle,

    Bedankt voor jullie bijdrage aan ons gastenboek. Die kadootjes in de vorm van forse zoogdieren met slurf worden niet iedere dag weggegeven. Dat geluk hebben jullie dan weer. Goed te horen dat alles goed bevallen is.

    Veel plezier!

  • 4.

    Name: , Switzerland

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 27 Dec 2011


    I booked TonTan Tours for a family trip to Khao Yai. We were warmly greeted and immediately started an exciting and bustling tour through the jungle of Khao Yai. They organized the tour so well that we were able to see every animal we were planning on seeing. Even elephants during the night safari. It was a wonderful experience.

    Thank you

  • 3.

    Name: , Holland/ Thailand

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 23 Apr 2011


    Thank you for this unique experience, I wanted to show my sister something unique and you got it, this was seriously the most impressive thing I have ever seen in the two years I stay in Thailand!

    Seeing black squirrels, eagles, gibbons, macaques, a few types of deer and finally a clan of 9 wild elephants was simply amazing!

    I really want to thank you both and also khun Jay for the Amazing experience you have given us!

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Hi Julien & Tabitha,

    Thank you for sharing your experience in our guestbook. Great to hear you really enjoyed it, even saying it's the most impressive experience you've had in 2 years living in Thailand. And still visiting Khao Yai is not on most people's itinerary.

    Spread the word! Or maybe not, keep it a secret for the few that do like to get away from the main tourist track ;) ...

    By the way, that's a great video you made of the elephants!

    Enjoy your time in Thailand!

  • 2.

    Name: , San Francisco

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 07 Feb 2011


    Ton is too modest to admit this, but you are guaranteed to see monkeys, deer, reptiles and bats.


    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Hi Nathan,

    Thank you for leaving a message in our guestbook. Well, maybe you're right. However, it's best if people don't expect to see any wildlife. Basically, everything you see is a present from mother nature.

    We do get a lot of presents, though ;)

    Best wishes!

  • 1.

    Name: , Nederland

    Tour: 1-day wildlife tour in Khao Yai

    Tour date: 09 Mar 2010


    Hallo Tontan Travel,

    Wij zijn gisteren weer thuisgekomen in Nederland na 3 heerlijke weken Thailand. Wat een fantastische vakantie. Ook mede dankzij de fantastische dag die jullie voor ons hadden geregeld in Khao Yai!!
    Er staan erg mooie foto's op de website.
    Wij hebben in ieder geval een fantastische dag gehad toen!!
    Bedankt en heel veel succes samen!!

    Groetjes Ludo en Joyce

    Mooi uitzicht.

    Tontan Travel wrote:

    Hoi Ludo en Joyce,

    Leuk te horen dat jullie van de dag genoten hebben. We hebben veel gezien die dag.
    Jullie waren een gezellig stel!


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