We offer two different day trips in Khao Yai. This is the 1-day tour with night safari, and the other day trip excludes the night safari and dinner.
On this tour you will go wildlife watching both during the day, and at night. The night safari consists of a drive with a spotlight to search for nocturnal animals, but during the day we will head out both on foot as well as by car, and stop at some scenic sites along the way.
Why our 1-day tour with night safari?
Even though we recommend our multiday tours over our day trips, this particular tour is the most you can get out of a day visit. Besides the diurnal species, the night safari increases the chance to encounter some nocturnal wildlife. Interesting and great fun!
Our 1.5-day tour in Khao Yai national park consists of an afternoon itinerary on day one. The main activity on this half day trip is the bat watching. And the second day inside the national park we will focus on wildlife watching, both on foot and by car.
Even though the focus is on wildlife watching, the itinerary will also include a visit to a waterfall.
Why our 1.5-day tour?
Even though we would always recommend our 2- or 3-day tours to get the most out of the park, the 1.5-day tour is a nice option if your time is limited.
The half day is not intensive and seeing the bats fly out by their millions around sunset is quite impressive. Since the caves are outside the park, it means only the second day is spend inside the actual national park.
With some luck you can see quite a variety of wildlife on just one day spend in the national park. A great introduction to the park.
Our 2-day tour in Kaeng Krachan national park includes two full days of wildlife watching both on foot and by car.
We will take all the time to look for everything that lives in this amazing jungle.
Why our 2-day tour?
Kaeng Krachan is a great place to appreciate the biodiversity of Thailand. It has a high diversity of birdlife, herpetofauna, arthropods, and even mammals, though the large animals can sometimes be quite a challenge to find in this park. Our 2-day tour will be a thorough introduction to the largest park of Thailand.
Kaeng Krachan lies only three hours away from Bangkok, and only one hour from Hua Hin. You would not want to miss out on this amazing national park!
Our 2-day tour in Khao Yai national park consists of two full days in the park, primarily focused on wildlife watching. The tour includes hiking, safari drives, a night safari, and the most worthwhile scenic sites.
Why our 2-day tour?
Even though not the longest tour duration we have on offer, it is still double the time compared to a standard daytrip. And that means you double your chances to see wildlife. Khao Yai definitely deserves a multiday visit.
Our 2.5-day tour in Khao Yai national park takes off with an afternoon primarily focused on bat watching. Followed by two full days both on foot and by car exploring the national park in search for wildlife.
The main waterfalls and viewpoints will be visited. And one of the evenings will be spend spotlighting wildlife from a car on a night safari drive.
Why our 2.5-day tour?
The leisurely afternoon trip relaxing at the spring and enjoying the amazing bat migration, is a lovely way to start the tour. Khao Yai is the best destination in Thailand for wildlife watching. And besides the half day outside the park, you have a decent chance to see quite some variety of animals and the main scenic highlights on the two full days inside the national park.
Besides the great wildlife watching, the park is easily accessible from Bangkok.
And this tour is also the top recommendation for families with kids!
Our 3-day tour in Huai Kha Khaeng is all about wildlife watching. We will spend quite a lot of time in a wildlife observation tower. But other activities on our trip include game drives and also some hiking.
We stay in a basic resort outside the reserve, and might do some night driving to spot nocturnal wildlife in the forested areas outside the park boundaries.
Why our 3-day tour?
If waiting several hours in a wildlife observation tower is not your thing, this might not be the best tour destination for you. But if you are into that, our 3-day wildlife tour in Huai Kha Khaeng will be a great experience.
Even if sightings are almost unheard of, just being in the habitat of the Indochinese Tiger, is extremely thrilling. Often, we encounter pugmarks, scratches, and scrapes; that alone is worth the trip.
This tour is especially interesting for wildlife enthusiasts who have already been on our wildlife trips in the other parks. There are various species here, that are not easily seen elsewhere. You will love it!
On our 3-day tour in Kaeng Krachan national park you spend three full days exploring the park both by car and on foot. The primary focus will be to observe wildlife.
Why our 3-day tour?
Kaeng Krachan can be quite challenging when it comes to wildlife watching. Time is the key to success. A 3-day tour will increase your chances to get a glimpse of the large biodiversity that occurs in this park.
The park is not far from Bangkok, and even closer to the popular tourist destination, Hua Hin. Thailand's largest national park definitely deserves a visit!
On our 3-day tour in Khao Yai national park you will spend three full days both by vehicle on safari, as well as on foot walking in the forest to spot wildlife.
Over the course of the trip you will also get to see some waterfalls and viewpoints. And in addition to that, you will attend the impressive daily bat migration, and do a night safari with a spotlight in a vehicle.
Why our 3-day tour?
The answer is simple. Because Khao Yai is the best destination in Thailand for wildlife watching, and deserves more than just a day trip. Our 3-day tour includes all the park highlights and offers a high chance to see a large variety of wildlife.
The park is easily accessible and a beautiful environment. But above all, the wildlife in Khao Yai rarely disappoints.
We often hear from our guests that our Khao Yai tour was the highlight of their travels in Thailand. It can be yours too!
Our birding tours in Kaeng Krachan national park are available as daytrips or multiple-day tours. And the entire trip you will be looking for the amazing birdlife that inhabits this park.
We will get around by car and make stops throughout the park to walk the roadside through different habitats and visit known stake-outs. Typically, pretty easy-going.
Why our birding tours?
Due to its location, Kaeng Krachan national park has a high diversity of bird species. Many species from Indochina and the Sunda region overlap in this park. There is a number of Pittas, various hornbill species, all Thai broadbill species occur here, and lots more.
The park is not far from Bangkok, and even closer to the popular tourist destination, Hua Hin. Thailand's largest national park is definitely one of the birdwatching hotspots of the country!
Our birding tours in Khao Yai national park are available as daytrips or multi-day tours. The tours will be completely focused on Khao Yai's amazing birdlife.
On these tours we explore the park by car and make stops throughout the park in different habitats, at fruiting trees, or stake-outs for specific species. Normally not a physically demanding trip.
Why our birding tours?
With over 400 bird species recorded, Khao Yai national park is a great location to visit. Some great birds include Siamese Fireback, Silver Pheasant, Coral-billed Ground Cuckoo, Red-headed Trogon, Eared Pitta, Blue Pitta, Long-tailed Broadbill, 4 species of hornbill including the stunning Great Hornbill and the rare Austen's Brown Hornbill, and the list goes on and on. What more do we need to add?
Khao Yai is easy to reach from Bangkok and has plenty of good facilities. And besides the stunning birdlife, there is a good chance to add some amazing bonus mammals too!
Our herping tours in Kaeng Krachan national park are available as daytrips or multiple-day tours.
We will get around by car to travel between different habitats and hotspots. But we will primarily search reptiles and amphibians on foot. Both during the day and at night.
Why our herping tours?
With over 70 species of snakes alone recorded in Kaeng Krachan national park, what more do we need to add? Many species from the Indochinese region and the Sunda region overlap in this park. And besides the divers herpetofauna, you might even get some cool bonus mammals and birds.
The park is not far from Bangkok, and even closer to the popular tourist destination, Hua Hin. The largest national park of Thailand should be on any herping enthusiast's itinerary!
Our herping tours in Khao Yai national park are available as daytrips or multi-day tours.
During the day we will explore the national park by car, and go out on foot in areas where we hope to find snakes, lizards, frogs and other herps.
At night we will go on a night walk in an area outside the national park boundaries.
Why our herping tours?
Even though not the highest species count of any park in Thailand, Khao Yai national park is nonetheless a great location to visit. For several species this is the westernmost range, and yet it is easy to reach from Bangkok. This includes species like the Vogel's Pit Viper (Trimeresurus vogeli), Indochinese Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus), the Nganson's Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis ngansonensis), the Gibson's Wolf Snake (Lycodon gibsonae), and the Khao Yai Odorous Frog (Odorrana indeprensa). Also the stunning Oriental Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina) is not the typical green in this region, but either silver-grey or yellow-orange in colour. On the night walk there is more chance for another viper, the Large-eyed Pit Viper (Trimeresurus macrops), and of course there is more.
Khao Yai has plenty of good hotels and other facilities. And besides the reptiles and amphibians, you may see some other interesting wildlife as a bonus.
Our jungle night walk in Bangkok is as the name suggests, a walk in a green part of the city whilst searching the critters, especially reptiles, that thrive here.
With flashlights we scan the bushes, trees, water puddles, etc. to try and spot the nocturnal wildlife that still survives in this concrete jungle.
Why our jungle night walks?
The mega city Bangkok is not only home to a lot of people. There is a whole natural ecosystem that has found a way to coexist and even thrive in harmony with the huge human population. And no, it is not just rats and cockroaches. There are all sorts of cool critters calling this city their home. Especially the amazing reptiles are well represented.
Have you seen enough temples, shopping centres, and bars? And you want to have a cool story to tell on the next boring birthday party? This is the trip for you!
Our tailor-made herping tours around Thailand have open itineraries. Our expert herping guides will take you on an adventure to search for your target species. Or simply try to find as much diversity of species as possible in the time frame you have.
We will get around by car to travel from destination to destination, as well as from habitat to habitat. And we will primarily set out on foot to search for reptiles and amphibians. Both during the day and at night.
Why our tailor-made herping tours?
Our flexibility will allow to maximize your chances within the time frame you have. On a day-to-day basis we will look at the conditions, and the success we did or did not have in finding the species you would hope to see. From there, we discuss if we wish to stay in the area where we are, or go herping in new terrain with new possibilities. This way of operating has resulted in many successful herping tours we have done over the years.
Thailand has so much to offer with its great diversity of herpetofauna, you do not want to miss this. And we will go the extra mile to get the most out of your trip.
Thailand is a beautiful country with stunning nature and a great diversity of wildlife. Photographing especially the wildlife is challenging. But our tour guides are experts at finding the animals for you.
We need to add that our guides will help you finding the subjects, but are not photography experts that can give you photo technical advice. All our private tours are flexible enough to give you all the time to get that perfect shot!
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The guides that accompany you on each of our tour packages are experts on the local wildlife, birdlife, or herpetofauna. They know the nature reserves on the back of their hands, and will do their very best to show you the amazing biodiversity that occurs there.
Each individual tour package will have more details on why it is a worthwhile option.
What are the available tour activities in Thailand?
All the listed tour packages are not specifically advertised as photography tours. They are wildlife tours, or tours with specific focus on for example birds, or herpetofauna. But all these packages are private tours and therefore there is always the flexibility for you as a photographer to take your time to get the perfect shot.
The guides are experts in finding the wildlife, but are not experts in photography. These tours do not include technical advice on photography.
For more details on the activities included in each of these tours, please, click the tour package to learn more.
Where are the tours taking place?
Because virtually all our tour packages are suitable for photographers, the destinations vary quite a bit. From right in the center of Bangkok to the larger national parks & wildlife sanctuaries further afield.
No place is the same, and even if on paper the species might overlap, usually each location has its own commonly seen animals that tend to be hard to see elsewhere.
When is the best time for tours in Thailand?
Most of our tours are available year round, and each season has its advantages. Some parks close during certain months of the year. Check each tour package for more specific details on this.
Depending on your target species, there might be specific months that are best. Again, it is best to check the tour package for more details.
Extra information about photography in Thailand
Photographing wildlife is often very challenging in Thailand. The light conditions in the forests are very low. It is especially for wildlife and bird photography recommended to bring fast lenses (lenses with large aperture openings that allow more light coming through). And camera bodies that can handle high ISOs well would be preferred.
The faster lenses mentioned earlier also help with subject separation from the background due to a smaller depth of field when shot wide open. In the dense jungles you might even need that more than you would in an open savannah in Africa, because the background with branches and leaves easily gets distracting.
Getting close to wildlife is often complicated, either due to their shy nature or simply because many species forage high up in trees. In most situations long telephoto lenses would be recommended.
Also, most forests in Thailand have a very high humidity. And you should always be prepared for rain, even in what is generally considered the dry season. Not sure how likely this is to happen after just one holiday, but for us living here, dealing with fungus in lenses is very common. Bringing a dry box on holiday might be complicated, but look for tips online how to keep your gear safe in such conditions whilst travelling.
And a last point to take into account. If staying in an air-conditioned room, your gear cools down significantly. Especially with the high humidity in the wet season this often causes the gear to fog up as soon as you go outside. Try to store your gear in a way that avoids it from cooling down significantly.
How much does a tour cost?
The rates can be found on the tour package webpages. All the tour packages in Thailand suitable for photography can be found at the top of this page. The button below will take you there.