Here’s why now is a great time to see elephants at Kuiburi National Park


Just an hour and a half drive from Hua Hin lies Kuiburi National Park – it’s an absolute gem for anyone who is into nature and the outdoors.

Renowned as one of Thailand’s premier destinations for witnessing wild elephants, the park is currently experiencing a surge in wildlife activity, making it an ideal time for locals, expatriates, and tourists in Hua Hin to visit and enjoy what is likely to be a memorable trip away from the usual beach attractions.

According to Mr. Atthaphon Pha-on, the head of Kuiburi National Park, the park’s closure in June 2023 for ecological restoration has yielded significant benefits. Since its reopening in July, there’s been a noticeable increase in wildlife, particularly along the tourist paths, a phenomenon attributed to the onset of winter.

This season has seen large herds of wild elephants and gaur, as well as other wildlife, making frequent appearances to the delight of people visiting.

Surveys indicate that groups of 10 to 20 wild elephants are often seen grazing in a 100-acre grassland, while the Salat Dai and Phu Yai Sai wildlife viewing points are teeming with 50 to 70 gaur and numerous wild elephants, respectively, offering tourists, especially children, an exhilarating experience.

The park’s prime wildlife viewing hours are from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, although this can vary with the day’s weather conditions. On hotter days, animals tend to appear during cooler evenings, whereas cooler, rainy days may bring them out earlier. It’s essential for visitors to adhere to the park’s guidelines and regulations to ensure safety and minimal impact on the natural resources.

Kuiburi National Park welcomes those keen on seeing herds of elephants and gaur, as well as exploring its nature trails.

Entrance fees are priced at 20 baht for Thai children, 40 baht for Thai adults, 100 baht for foreign children, and 200 baht for foreign adults. Binoculars are available for rent at 100 baht per pair.

Tours cost 850 baht per pick up truck, which can accommodate up to 6 people.

For additional information, interested individuals can contact the park at 032510453, 0817762410, or visit the Kuiburi National Park’s Facebook page.

This season promises to be a great opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and families alike to connect with nature and witness the beauty of Thailand’s wildlife in its natural habitat.

📱 อุทยานแห่งชาติกุยบุรี – Kui Buri National Park