Kui Buri National Park
Kui Buri National Park
4.5
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Moo 9, Baan Yan Sue Had Kham, Kui Buri 77150 Thailand
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  • yogachef
    Esher, United Kingdom484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful elephant tour
    DD Tours picked us up from our hotel in Hua Hin and provided a full packed lunch. Air con van with English speaking guide. Arrived at National park 200bht extra each. Then arranged truck to take the drive and remained with us to translate from local guide. We went in the rainy season and saw 30+ elephants in seperate sites and some quite close, we also saw 2 herds of red bull water buffalo and various eagles and other exotic birds. Total cost 2 adults 1 14yr old £125. Well worth it. Remember these are wild elephants in there natural environment not captive bread in a park.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Lars P
    Randers, Denmark13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect guided tour in Kui Buri National Park
    Fantastic experience! We saw 19 elephants walking around. We drived in a rental car from Hua Hin. Visited the Elephant Observatory Site in Kui Buri National Park. We payed around 850 bahts for a guided tour in a Pick up truck. We saw 19 elephants walking around 100-150 meters from us. Great experience and we had Good time for taking photos and Watch the elephants. 5/5!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Kaz
    160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice to see wild elephants
    Did the tour with pre organised English speaking guide (through Tontan travel - am I allowed to give them a plug?). She met us at entrance. We saw a couple of elephants and a single close by and then a family at a distance. Also saw wild gaur at a distance. Was a pleasant afternoon driving around one the back of truck. Nice to see elephants in the wild and loved that this park exists.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Kelstongh
    Weymouth, United Kingdom200 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wild Elephants
    We booked a safari private tour directly with Thai National Parks. The park is approximately one and half hours from Hua Hin. The National park is on the boarder of Myanmar/Thailand. The tour guide Som was incredibly knowledgable, she found the wild elephants in various locations, spotted lots of birds. Fantastic safari and would definitely recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 31, 2023
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Katreen B
Brussels, Belgium14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We decided to reach the GPS point "Kui Buri National Park Elehant Watching" by ourselves from Hua Hin. The person at the visitor centre spoke well English, confirmed that the price is 850 THB for one guide, one driver and one car plus 200 THB entry fee per person (for foreigners). We arrived there around 3 pm but decided to wait a bit in case other people arrived so we could join our groups but no one came so at 3.30 we started the "safari". The guide spoke barely English (which we expected but it is always a disappointment from a guide that is confronted to tourists everyday ... Shouldn't it be one of the first skills for this job?!), didn't seem passionate or interested in wildlife (we saw a hornbill on the way, if I hadn't pointed it out, he wouldn't even have said anything and anyway we didn't even stop) and just brought us (by car) from one watchpoint to the other. We did see elephants - which was very nice - (at maybe 600m distance) but again it was only because I looked over there that the guide stated "yes, elephants". Guides communicate to spot the elephants so that every car gets to the right viewpoint.

I think there is much more wildlife to see in the park than what you get with the official park guides. Even though it was the cheapest option, I wouldn't recommend it. Just book a tour with a private operator, for sure it will be more interesting and you will see more things. Do come later in the afternoon if you have the choice, the first elephant only got out of the bushes around 4.30 pm.

In general, we are pretty disappointed with the management of national parks in Thailand and their lack of understanding of visitors' expectations. If you ask people to pay, it should be for something (a service, an infrastructure, etc). No one likes being followed around by a guide in a national park that gives zero information. Finally Kui Buri is not what I'd call a "beautiful park" : it has 3 viewpoints and one dirt road. I am sure there is more wildlife to discover there but there is just no current way to do it, pretty sad ...
Written February 3, 2020
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Wayne
Bangkok, Thailand55 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I turned up with my family and was made to pay 4x Thai price even though I work here. On top of that you are forced to pay 850 for a truck, and cannot share with others so even a couple pays 850. Drove a specific track to 3 specific viewing points. Only saw 4 elephants and from a distance of about 800m. Could not get great photos as you are not allowed to go any closer. 2 view points had nothing to see. For over a thousand baht this was simply not worth it, there are better trips to see elephants closer and in greater numbers. Not impressed and would not recommend this trip in all honesty.
Written August 5, 2020
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Jørn N
45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This national park is as booring as it can be. There are lakes where the animals come to drink, but unlike other parks there are no roads and no way to spot thw animals.
The driver just stay on the road and go to the end. Thenb they turn arround and go back - they don't want to give the tourists a good experience waiting for the animals to come our of the forrest after 17 o'clock. They just drive you back to sthe starting point.
Definetely the worst National Park I have ever visited.
Written January 26, 2020
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Sarah L
Whitchurch, UK163 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Follow Google maps to 'Kui Buri National Park Visitor Centre', this will take you to the ticket office. We arrived at just gone 1pm, the ticket office opens again at 2pm, we hung around and waited for the office to open. The cost is 200THB per person entry, plus 850THB per jeep with guide, the jeeps seat 6 in total so it's better to try and join another group to split the cost. Luckily we managed to hook up with 4 people to split the 850THB. We left at dead on 2pm. We saw 1 elephant but apparently there were 2 there. It was very disappointing as we only drove down one road then back again for 2 hours in total. The guide had told me we would need to be back for 5.30pm so I assumed we would take some different routes to try and find something else. I asked the guide if we could try and find more elephants or anything else, she said, it's very hot today, they may have gone to Burma 🤔 !!! this was all done through Google translate. We were surprised to be back in 2 hours and not drive for longer! There are clean, free, western toilets at the ticket office and a small shop selling drinks and crisps etc. There is no shade on the jeep and it was extremely hot so take plenty of water and dress accordingly. There were people heading out as we were going back so maybe they would be luckier as cooler later on but also I think the guide needs to be more enthusiastic!
Written February 27, 2024
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marni m
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I am disappointed to see some less than 100% exquisite experience. Having been to many places on this planet, this ranks as one of the top. The personal interaction, the leadership in educating our little family how to quietly respect and view, what we learned through watching about elephant family intra- and inter-action; staying in a quaint hut where we were presented with a beautiful evening meal on a patio, while watching the various "elephant families" taking turns taking baths, waiting in line, at dusk, in the watering pool....this was an absolutely unbelievable experience. I truly hope that my two children never forget it, as nor will I. the personal attention given by the staff, etc, was unforgettable...I KNOW,THIS was a magnificent experience!
Written June 22, 2022
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Alexander D
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Soam, our guide, she was perfect to us. She did her job really good and we feel that she has a high level knowledge about this park. Her english was good understandable and she brought also water and some kind of juices.
Our expectations were fully meted.
The Elephants are wild and free. We were happy to see that. And thanks a lot for your work.
Written January 30, 2020
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Dobi V
Vancouver Island, Canada167 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We arrived at the park entrance after an hour searching for the place. Park officials at the main park informed us that the wildlife viewing was 3 kms away...NOT. The signage for the area was very poor.
Paid our entrance fee and truck fee with guide, yes you are charged much more as a tourist but that is expected in many areas now. What we did not expect or like was the fact that our guide spoke very little or no English at all altho we were assured before getting into the truck that we had someone we could understand. Even with our google translator our guide seemed indifferent, did not know how many elephants were in the park, the size of the park or any background information pertaining to the park.
Two dozen trucks driving around looking for elephants mid day and all shrugging their shoulders wondering if they will ever see anything. After 2 hours we spotted "waldo" in the form of a half dozen water buffalo way off in the distance, so far in fact you needed binoculars to see them. At the end of the day the walkie talkies of the trucks sounded with sighting of elephants at the first look out. With 2 dozen trucks in convoy we bounced over ill maintained dirt track to converge at lookout spotting "waldo" again mother and a young one off in the far distance. We were somewhat pleased that at least we got to see a few elephants but perhaps the park could arrange opening earlier in the morning for a better chance at a closer encounter. Our guide who basically paid no attention to us, quickly became our friend at the end of the excursion, smiling and essentially had her hand extended for a much anticipated "tip" which we ignored given the lack of guide service.
This park could be wonderful and yes it is always a gamble when looking for wildlife but a few changes in park opening time (early morning opening when elephants generally are watering and feeding), as well as few new tracks could probably increase the chances of wildlife being seen.
Written February 23, 2024
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Lars P
Randers, Denmark13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fantastic experience! We saw 19 elephants walking around. We drived in a rental car from Hua Hin. Visited the Elephant Observatory Site in Kui Buri National Park.
We payed around 850 bahts for a guided tour in a Pick up truck. We saw 19 elephants walking around 100-150 meters from us. Great experience and we had Good time for taking photos and Watch the elephants.
5/5!
Written September 4, 2023
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DiggerPerth
Dalkeith, Australia394 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Chose this as we wanted to see the elephants but not those chained up in a zoo. Unfortunately there were no elephants to see nor any wildlife really apart from a handful of birds. The guides couldn't tell us when an elephant had last been seen - saying they thought there was 1 elephant in the park. Lots of people there to see them but none to be seen.
A little thought and they would have the elephants fitted with a tracking device or they could use a drone to locate any elephants.
It was a long drive there and back and we spent at least an hour searching to no avail.
Maybe there are more elephants at other times of the year (we were there at the end of the dry season). But I wouldn't recommend based on our experience.
The logistics are OK, turn up (I don't believe you can pre book), pay your fees (about 1800 BHT for 5 adults) and sit in the back of a pickup (no shade).
Written April 14, 2024
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yogachef
Esher, UK484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
DD Tours picked us up from our hotel in Hua Hin and provided a full packed lunch. Air con van with English speaking guide. Arrived at National park 200bht extra each. Then arranged truck to take the drive and remained with us to translate from local guide. We went in the rainy season and saw 30+ elephants in seperate sites and some quite close, we also saw 2 herds of red bull water buffalo and various eagles and other exotic birds. Total cost 2 adults 1 14yr old £125. Well worth it. Remember these are wild elephants in there natural environment not captive bread in a park.
Written August 23, 2023
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