Kui Buri National Park: safari and elephants in Thailand

Kui Buri National Park: Safari and Elephants in Thailand

Kui Buri National Park is definitely one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand we have visited. This place amazes with its savannah landscape, tranquillity, lush greenery and the gorgeous scent of sandalwood and eucalyptus trees. It also delights with its rich fauna. If you want to see gaurs, hornbills and wild elephants in Thailand, then you should come on safari at Kui Buri National Park. A safari at Kui Buri is great fun for children, who will be thrilled to ride in the pick-up truck.

Kui Buri National Park: safari and elephants in Thailand

The forests covering Kui Buri National Park consist of dry forests and evergreen forests, belonging to a vast complex of Kaeng Krachan National Park. The entire Kaeng Krachan forest complex is inhabited by wild elephants in quite large numbers, making it one of the best locations for those wishing to encounter elephants in Thailand in their natural habitat.

Kui Buri is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, near Sam Roi Yot, about 85 kilometres from Hua Hin. The park covers almost 1,000 sq km and is inhabited by around 300 elephants.

Kui Buri is famous for its sandalwood trees (kalamet tree) used in burial ceremonies for the royal family members. The trees for this purpose are carefully selected, as only dead ones can be chopped down (source: dnp.go.th)

Safari in Kui Buri National Park

Kui Buri National Park: safari and elephants in Thailand

The safari at Kui Buri National Park is one of the best adventures in Thailand we have experienced. I would recommend it to families with children, I'm sure the kids will have a lot of fun on the ride itself and the opportunity to meet the animals. The park opens at 2pm and closes at 6pm.

Payment for a guided safari is made at the ticket office in the park. You can also rent a pair of binoculars for 50 THB. The guides don't speak much English, but that doesn't stop you from enjoying the views. 

A safari in Kui Buri Park takes around 1.5 - 2 hours and includes a pick-up truck ride through the forest and stopovers at 4 observation points. Although elephants inhabit the area in large numbers and are seen daily, you have to reckon that seeing the whole herd is not guaranteed. We managed to see large herds of gaur and a young elephant in a meadow. In addition, we met two, beautiful hornbills. 

To go on safari at Kui Buri, drive directly to the Elephant Observatory Site, located about 20 km north of the park headquarters. The road itself to the campsite is beautiful and scenic. There are toilets within the park, but no other facilities. However, you can buy refreshing cold beverages directly from the park rangers.

Opening hours

daily 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm
entry only until 5 pm


Park entrance fee: 200 THB/adult
100 THB/child (4-12 years old)
Safari: 850 THB (up to 8 pax)

Kui Buri National Park: safari and elephants in Thailand
Kui Buri National Park: safari and elephants in Thailand
elephants in Thailand at Kui Buri

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