About Kui Buri

Hua Hin ( ~85 kilometer ), Bangkok ( ~280 kilometer ), Kanchanaburi ( ~280 kilometer )
Open the map of Kui Buri

Kui Buri National Park will be closed from 1st September until 31st October.

Known to be the best wild elephant watching blot in Thailand, it is about 99 % sure the visitors will see fantastic elephants any given sidereal day of the year in Kui Buri National Park ’ s wildlife watching area. Though, on a few occasions over the last match of years there has been no elephant spy over several consecutive days, probably because of dry conditions .
Established as a national parking lot in 1999, Kui Buri National Park covers 969 km² in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, about 85 km southwest from the popular tourist address of Hua Hin .
The park mountains are partially of the Tenasserim Hills Range, spanning over many protected areas in Thailand and Myanmar. The park forest consists of dry and damp evergreen forests with trees such as Dipterocarpus tuberculatus, Hopea odorata, Terminalia chebula and different species of palms .
The parking lot is the only place in Thailand where sandalwood can be harvested for the cremation of royal family members. nine trees were cut down for the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. A royal brahman spent one calendar month selecting trees meeting royal criteria : they must be all in and have been over 100 years previous. ( reservoir : Wikipedia ) .
A solitary elephant in wildlife watching area
Copyright konmesa A solitary elephant in wildlife watching area

The showery season is May to November with the most rain in May and August to November. The rest of the year is quite dry .


The national ballpark is home to one of the biggest populations of gaurs in Thailand, with estimated around 100 individuals and around 320 elephants ( by 2016 ). In December 2013, 24 gaurs were found dead in the national park. clinic tests concluded that the causal agent of death was bacterial. Following this incidental, the home parking lot was closed for eight months and re-opened again in August 2014. Few years late a herd of 70 gaurs were spotted feeding near one of the texas ranger stations, a well sign of the zodiac that the population was recovering .
Although not normally seen, the national park credibly has a similar full-bodied diversity of mammal species as in Kaeng Krachan National Park to the north. Apart from asian elephants and gaurs, the early relatively common mammals are golden jackals, assorted deer, langurs, white-handed gibbons, burmese hares, Malayan porcupines and rampantly boars. other interesting but rare mammals are tigers, leopards, bantengs, Malayan tapirs and dholes ( asian wild dogs ) .
Kui Buri has a fat fauna of birds with over 260 species presently reported from the parking lot, there are probably many more to be found. crested firebacks, grey peacock-pheasants, ferruginous partridges, Tickell ‘s brown hornbills, white-crowned hornbills, brown university fish owl, yellow-vented green pigeons, white-fronted scops owl, moustached hawk-cuckoos, rufous-collared kingfishers, blue-rumped parrots, chestnut-naped forktails, red-bearded bee-eaters, maroon woodpeckers, rufous-winged philentomas, spectacled spiderhunters, spot-necked babblers, moustached babblers and many more have been recorded from the park. Cattle egrets are seen daily around elephant herds. early more common birds are red junglefowls, Indochinese rollers and asian openbills .
Of the around 60 known reptile species found in the park are few interest ones ; red-headed kraits ( Bungarus flaviceps ), the southern variation of Pope ‘s orchestra pit vipers ( Trimeresurus popeiorum ), dog-toothed vomit snakes ( Boiga cynodon ), blunt-headed tree snakes ( Aplopeltura boa ), embrown kukri snakes ( Oligodon purpurascens ), Indochinese ground snakes ( Gongylosoma scriptum ), speckle-headed whip snakes ( Ahaetulla fasciolata ), Drapiez ‘s computerized tomography snakes ( Boiga drapiezii ), bully monitors ( Varanus rudicollis ), elongated tortoises ( Indotestudo elongata ), Burmese green lizards ( Bronchocela burmana ) and Malayan softshell turtles ( Dogania subplana ) .


One mistake many visitors make when getting to the park is ; they hit “ Kui Buri National Park ” on their sailing master and follow the hint route. When searching, Google Maps or other navigators will plainly mark the headquarters area of the park and draw a path consequently. That ’ s not where the wildlife watching sphere is, so it is crucial to know where to get to .
The best way to get a good picture of the whereabouts of the wildlife watching area and other relevant spots is to open the map of Kui Buri National Park from this page. By zooming in/out or panning the map it is possible to see the location of the different spots in the park, the roads, checkpoint, but besides, when zoomed out adequate and paned, other home parks and attractions in the sphere can be seen .
It is not possible to enter the wildlife watching area beyond the visitor center with your own car. A campaign pickup with a scout must be arranged from the visitor center. There is not much wildlife activeness in the visitor center vicinity of the wildlife watching sphere if you are hoping to see elephants or early animals without a campaign placement into the park .

Getting to the wildlife watching area

There is only one general wildlife watching sphere in Kui Buri, it is at Huai Luek Ranger Station, about 16 km north from the headquarters .
There are no public exile options to get there, private arrangements needed. It is possible to get there with any car or motorcycle. When getting there from Hua Hin or Pran Buri end, the road is reasonably good all the room to the visitor center .
The wildlife watching area is assailable from 2 prime minister to 6 pm daily, but there won ’ t be much wildlife activeness until the late afternoon. Visitors are recommended to reach there from around 3 promethium ahead and allow a morsel of margin for arrangements .

Getting there with own car/bike

In Google Maps, the wildlife watching area is marked as “ Kui Buri National Park Elephant Watching ” or “ Ang Kep Nam Huai Luek ”. Enter either of these research terms or enter the lat/long coordinates below in the search sphere of your sailing master for the directions ;
Coordinates ; 12.1388, 99.6467
If you don ’ thymine intend to use any navigator ; Follow the highway 4 south from Hua Hin towards Kui Buri Town for 60 kilometer. few kilometers before reaching Kui Buri, a couple of large elephant models will be seen on the forget side of the road with a signpost showing the guidance to “ Kui Buri National Park ” to the right on route 3217. Follow this road for 14 kilometer until you see a big sign with an elephant photograph on it showing right to route 4024. Ignore the bless pointing uncoiled ahead to “ Kuri Buri National Park headquarters ”. Follow the signs on path 4024 until you reach the wildlife watching area. last few hundred meters of the road is a morsel poor people, but can be accessed by any car .

Getting to the headquarters area

There is literally nothing interesting to do at the headquarters area of the national park, evening birdwatching possibilities are quite poor. There are no trails to walk around and walking along the road out will be along the tree plantations, farms and houses .
There is however a camp land with basic facilities, but no restaurant.

Coordinates ; 12.0516, 99.6240
When no navigator is used, fair follow the same directions as to the wildlife watching area, rather of turning left to the route 4024, barely continue straight by following the signs to the headquarters .

Wildlife watching area – safari pickup cost

Safari pickups with a guide costs 850 Baht per group of max 8 people, but visitors are recommended to leave some tips because the price is besides cheap to be shared between a driver and guide ( not mandatory ). The guides speak no English or only very basic English .

Private tours & transportation

It is potential to arrange a private tour or a roundtrip taxi service from this web site .
The tour offered from this web site is with professional English talk guides who have good cognition of the national park. For more details, follow this link ;

Private tour | Kui Buri elephant safari, half day

The orotund trip taxi service price from Hua Hin is from 2,300 Baht and up depending how many people and car type, the price besides includes a compulsory indemnity coverage per person. These drivers regularly get customers to the wildlife watching area and know the directions. For more information please follow this link ;

Taxi | Hua Hin to Kui Buri Elephant Watching Area

When arranging cab, it is identical authoritative that the driver is informed where to head. Some drivers take their customers straight to the headquarter which causes clock loss but besides resulting in dispute about the price because they have to drive another 30 minutes to the wildlife watching area. It is potential to script a round-trip cab service from this web site ;

Entrance fees

once at the wildlife watching area, entrance fees need to be paid and a campaign vehicle needs to be arranged at the visitor center .
As of June 2022, the entrance fees for Kui Buri National Park are 200 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children 3-14 years old. Thai citizens pay 40 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children. Cars will be charged with 30 Baht .

Opening times

The ballpark is close first September to 31st October every class, differently open every sidereal day all class circle, including on public holidays and week-ends. The wildlife watching area is exposed from 2 autopsy until 6 pm every day .

Stay & eat

There is no indigence to stay near the national park to see the elephants. The visitors are recommended to do a daytrip from Hua Hin or other nearby towns where it is easy to arrange exile from .
There are no camping grounds or early accommodations for lease at the wildlife watching area, but there is a basic restaurant and a cafe future to the visitor center .
Kuri Buri headquarters sphere has a campsite with a visitor center and basic facilities but no restaurant. Tents are available for rent at the visitor center from 270 Baht a night including accessories. There is only one room for rent, it has 3 bedrooms and 2 toilets, for 1,800 Baht per nox. Bringing your own tent will be charged with 30 Baht per night which is a standard fee in all national parks in Thailand .


You are recommended to ask a Thai speaking person to call on your behalf .

  • 081 776 2410 (Visitor Center)
  • 032 646 292 (Visitor Center)
  • 090 442 8707 (Wildlife watching area)

The attractions of Kui Buri

Huai Luek Elephant Watching Area

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It is the only spot in the national park where wild elephants and possibly other animals can be seen from campaign vehicles. apart from the elephants, there is some casual to see gaurs, deer, jackals and burmese hares .
On arrival at the fire warden station, a campaign vehicle must be arranged to enter the wildlife watching sphere. These can ’ t be arranged in advance. The campaign vehicles are converted pickups with seats mounted on the proboscis. The campaign vehicles do n’t have any roof, open so that the visitors have clear 360 degrees of visibility. Umbrellas provided in case of rain .
A campaign tour costs 850 per group but the visitors are recommended to give some tips to the drivers and to the guides ( not mandatory ) .
The wildlife watching area is open from 2 promethium until around 6 phase modulation day by day. When enough elephants are seen the tour may end earlier on request. Visitors are recommended to visit the area in the late afternoon as there wo n’t be much wildlife bodily process in the earlier hours. Wildlife becomes gradually active from around 3-3:30 autopsy ahead. Visitors from Hua Hin are recommended to leave the township about 1:30 phase modulation. Visitors wo n’t be allowed to enter the wildlife watching sphere after 5 promethium, but once at heart, the tour can continue up until 6 pm, often ending earlier if enough elephants are seen .
The station has a big car parking area, toilets, a visitor center, a restaurant and a cafe.

Herds of elephants are seen daily in the wildlife watching area
Copyright Kosin Sukhum Herds of elephants are seen daily in the wildlife watching area

The wildlife watching area north from the substation is a afforest area with several grassland areas. Two of the grassland areas have viewpoints with decent views over surrounding areas. While doing a campaign slip the local guides will inform each other with walkie talkies when they see animals which increases the chances to see respective animals .