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Wild Animal Encounters in Thailand

World Animal Protection and World Expeditions advocate for wild animals to be kept in the wild, safe from unethical tourism. But we realize that navigating the world of animal friendly travel can be puzzling at times. So, we've taken the guess work out of wildlife travel experiences, and joined forces to bring you this carefully crafted itinerary that offers the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Thailand. Thailand's national parks of Kaeng Krachan, Khao Yai, Kui Buri, Khao Sok and Chiew Larn Lake are home to some of the most diverse and fascinating wildlife on earth, including populations of wild elephants, gaurs, tigers, gibbons, langurs, macaques, barking deer, flying foxes as well as a plethora of birdlife. We journey by 4WD and on foot to spot these animals, and more, in their natural habitat. Our adventure culminates with a two-day stay at the Surin Islands, an archipelago of five islands in the Andaman Sea, known for beautiful beaches, pristine ocean, amazing sunsets, an intriguing culture and incredibly diverse marine life that offers some of the world's best snorkeling.


10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
3 star comfortable hotels/bungalows on a twin share basis and camping
one group airport transfer on days 1 & 11
internal flight Bangkok/Phuket valued at USD$160 (subject to change by the airline)
private air conditioned vehicles & 4WD trucks in National Parks
sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
expert bilingual guide
local trekking and specialized National Park guides
local snorkelling guide on Surin Island
medical kit
Spotting the white-handed and the pileated gibbon in the wild in Pak Chong National Park
Spotting wild elephants and gaur (world's biggest cow) in Kui Buri National Park and Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
Bird and butterfly watching in Kaeng Krachen National Park as well as searching for leopards, elephants and many more mammals
Visit a Moken village to learn about their fascinating culture and traditions
Snorkel with sea turtles on Surin Island
World Expeditions will donate a percentage from each trip to World Animal Protection to support their work to save animals
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,795
Start Location
Bangkok, Thailand
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
8 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
25 Nov 201705 Dec 2017AvailableAUD $3,795
Day 1
Upon arrival at Bangkok's international airport, we are met by a World Expeditions guide and driver who will assist you on your transfer to the hotel in Pak Chong. In the afternoon, a World Animal Protection representative will meet your group in a meeting room at the hotel to welcome you to Thailand and present the animal welfare challenges and successes in Thailand. Overnight in Pak Chong. Journey time: Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pak Chong: 3 hours
Day 2
Khao Yai is known as the first national park in Thailand it covers an area of 2,168 square kilometres. There are about 70 species of mammals including the tiger, elephant and gaur as well as 350 species of birds including the great hornbill and coral-billed ground cuckoo, and more than 2,000 species of trees and plants. Khao Yai National Park was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. At 08:30am we leave the hotel and head to the park to begin our two hour trek in the jungle, where we aim to spot barking deer, white-handed gibbon, great hornbill, sambar deer and more. We'll also see a variety of plants and trees such as rattan, fig trees and eagle wood. For lunch we head to the famous waterfall seen in the film "The Beach". After lunch in a nearby restaurant it is time to explore the beauty of the waterfall. Late afternoon we head to the Lonely Cliff to visit the highest mountain of the park and the beautiful surroundings. Every night in Khao Yai National Park nocturnal animals such as sambar deer, barking deer, javan porcupine, small Indian civet, elephants, tigers, bears are active, a great time for visitors to spot wildlife on a ranger's truck equipped with a spotlight. We provide a spotting scope to spot animals for the tour. Overnight in Pak Chong Hotel. Journey time: Transfer Hotel to Khao Yai NP: Approx 1 hour 15 mins
Day 3
This morning following breakfast transfer to Bangkok and check into a city hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore the city at leisure. Overnight in Bangkok Journey time: Pak Chong to Bangkok Hotel: 3 hours
Day 4
This morning we drive 2.5 hours south of Bangkok to the coastal town of Hua Hin. From here we have an early lunch driving a further 1.15 hours from Hua Hin to Kui Buri National Park. After a mandatory registration, we are assigned an open-air vehicle with driver and an assistant. The tour will begin by driving slowly into the reserve on the main dirt road north heading to the main grassland areas. While driving slowly, we will search for any wildlife including birds and bigger animals. Our first stop will be a viewing area where we leave the vehicle in hope to spot wildlife, mainly elephants. We will later continue to the next viewing area at the end of the road, best known for spotting gaurs, but also elephants and sometimes bantengs. During the tour, your guide will give you information about the habitat, wildlife and history of the park. The type of assigned vehicles is open-air pick-up truck driven by locals. Dinner will be on tour (packed box dinner). Early evening transfer for overnight Hotel in Hua Hin. Journey times: Transfer Bangkok to Hua Hin: 2.5 hours. Transfer Hua Hin to Kui Buri NP: 1.15 hours
Day 5
This morning we set off early to take the 1.5hour drive to Kaeng Krachan National Park for a full day tour of the park. The Kaeng Krachan Reservoir covers an area of 46.5 sq. km. It is the earthen reservoir which blocks the Petchburi River. The largest island in the lake is approximately 75 sq. km. In 4WD vehicles we drive through primary forest that offers spectacular views of mountain ranges that are covered in deep-green forest all year-round as well as 57 known species of mammals, 461 species of birds and around 300 butterfly species. In the afternoon with a trek along the jungle track and back to Kaeng Krachan Reservoir for lunch at local restaurant followed by a sail on the lake. By mid-afternoon we leave Kaeng Krachan National Park for our transfer to Bangkok Airport for the flight to Phuket. With a late arrival into Phuket we transfer to the hotel for check in and a nights rest. Overnight in Hotel in Phuket. Journey time: Hua Hin to Kaeng Krachan National Park: 1.15 hours. Kaeng Krachan NP to Bangkok Airport: 3 hours. Phuket airport to Phuket Hotel: 15 minutes
Day 6
After breakfast, we transfer to Khao Sok National Park. On our way to the pier, we will stop by at a nearby temple and spend a few minutes learning about rural Thai culture, fruit farming, and take photos from the picturesque suspension bridge over the Phra Saeng River that comes out from the lake. During the hour long journey across the lake to the raft houses, we stop by Gui Lin scenic area where karst mountains rise dramatically from the water. Upon arrival at the raft houses, we check in and are treated to a lunch of traditional Thai food, including a curry and a vegetable stir fry. After the meal, we take some time to relax before embarking on an afternoon hike through the jungle and learn about the flora and fauna of the world's longest standing forest. As the day winds down, we jump on a long tail boat to go wildlife spotting with our guide at Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Khlong Saeng is the Kingdom's top wildlife sanctuary still harboring many endangered but classic Asian animals. The Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary was once a magnificent natural watershed that provided water throughout the year to the inhabitants of the lowlands on the east side of the Thai Peninsula. It still harbors some very impressive animals such as elephant, gaur, tapir, serow, sambar, clouded leopard, sun bear, Great Argus (second largest of the pheasant family in Thailand), and the mighty king cobra and the list gs on. Royal Decree encompassing 1,155 square kilometers of dense forest established Khlong Saeng in 1974. The sanctuary is the biggest in the Khlong Saeng Khao Sok Forest Complex totaling more than 5,316 square kilometers and incorporating 12 protected areas, 11 of which are terrestrial and one with offshore islands in the Andaman Sea. Its forests are predominantly moist evergreen and most of the plants and animals are of Sundaic origin with some Indochinese species interspersed. A 1 hour long tail boat ride up the lake will take you to the best wildlife spotting vantage point. When we return we enjoy a traditional Thai dinner of curry and fish before retiring to our floating bungalows. Overnight at basic bamboo floating bungalow. Journey time: transfer Phuket to Khaosok National Park: 3.5 hours
Day 7
Take the chance to get up early for a morning mist safari. As we watch the morning unfold on the lake, our guide will point out wildlife. We return to the raft house for breakfast, which is usually rice porridge or eggs and toast. After check out we have the rest of the morning to do whatever suits our fancy - relax, swim or kayak. After another delicious Thai lunch, we board the long tail boat and make the scenic trip back to the pier where we are transferred to Kuraburi. After arriving at Kuraburi, we meet for pre-trip briefing, explore the evening market and enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hotel in Kuraburi. Journey time: transfer Khao Sok National Park to Kuraburi: 1.5 hours
Day 8
After having breakfast at the local market, we transfer to Surin Island by speedboat. We explore the village and learn the intricate relationship between the Moken and their surrounding environment. On a guided walk we also learn about the brightly colored "Spirit Poles" and Moken homes, built on wooden stills directly on the beach, as well as the medicinal herbs and edible species. We have a picnic lunch under the shade of a tree on a beach near the village. We go snorkeling at a wonderland of colorful tropical fish and witness the impressive Moken swimming techniques, how they have adapted to living in the water, and why they love it. Overnight camping on the beach in tents.
Day 9
It's a snorkeling day! We spend the day snorkelling with our Moken guide, enjoying the clear water and spotting sea turtles swimming. Return to the park headquarters for dinner. Overnight camping on the beach in tents.
Day 10
In the Moken village, we try our hand at rowing a Moken "row-boat" and re-enacting their method of spear fishing. We spend more time in village or head out for one more snorkel exploration. After lunch, we transfer to the mainland for debriefing and transfer back to Phuket. Overnight Phuket Hotel. Journey time: Kuraburi to Phuket: 3 hours.
Day 11
Transfer to Phuket Airport for our departure flight. One group transfer will be provided from the hotel to Phuket Airport. Journey time: transfer Phuket hotel to Phuket Airport: 1 hour