Speaking of national parks, the first reaction of many people is the famous mountains and rivers in Europe and America. In fact, in Thailand, there are many places with superior natural environment that have been protected to establish national parks. Although they do not attract large numbers of foreign tourists like the beach, they are the first choice for locals for vacation and leisure, and therefore have more local flavor. There are many national parks in Thailand worth visiting, such as Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, Khao Sok National Park, Khao Yai National Park, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, etc. Among them, Kui Buri National Park is highly recommended.
Kui Buri National Park is located near the Myanmar border and is recognized as one of the best spots for wildlife viewing in Thailand, especially elephants. Groups of elephants can often be found bathing in the pool near Pa Yang substation, which is equipped with a wildlife viewing platform. The ecotourism here is worth mentioning. This forest used to be farmland. Later, in order to protect the ecological environment, the forest was returned to the forest. Farmers living here have invested in eco-tourism.
Kui Buri National Park is famous among wildlife lovers for wildlife sightseeing. No matter when you come here, there is almost a 99% chance of seeing wild elephants, bison, leopards, deer, orangutans, long-tailed langurs, crested pheasants, brown-breasted dharma monks, pincers storks and other animals.
The best place to see wild elephants in Thailand is Kui Buri National Park. The roads inside the park are not long, but there are various road conditions, including creeks, deep pits, grasslands, and jungles. There are more than three hundred wild elephants living here. The scenic area is not open in the morning, and it opens on time after 14:30 every day. You can buy tickets in advance, and there is no group purchase.
Although visitors are allowed to drive into the national park by themselves, you must purchase a guided tour to explore the protected area of the park, while renting a tour car for a better tour experience. If you have enough time and intend to spend the night in the park, you can rent tents and barbecue tools at the visitor center here. Of course, there are also bungalow apartments to choose from.
Ticket price: 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children
Tour bus price: 950 baht
Bungalow apartment: THB 1,800/night
Tent rental: 270 baht/set
If you bring your own tent: THB 30/night
Park address: Moo 9, Baan Yan Sue | Had Kham, 77150, Thailand
Open date: June to July, December to April every year