I took the one and a half day tour package.
The extraordinary sight of a million or more bats pouring out from their cave made the half day tour worthwhile, although the 'hot spring' and 'Buddha temple cave' were disappointing.
The one day tour was disappointing, but mainly because my group was joined on to an overnight camping group who were starting the second day of their two days in the national park. This led to a lot of wasted time, and also meant we could not go anywhere that these people had visited the day before.
Although the day was supposed to start at 0700 we did not leave until 0720. We drove a short distance to a 7-Eleven, where we waited around for 20-30 minutes. We then drove into the park, which was a long journey in the back of a noisy and uncomfortable pick-up truck. Once in the park we drove quite a long way past the visitor centre to the campground to pick up the campers. Since they were not ready we had to wait around for about 45 minutes while they got themselves organized. We then drove all the way back to the visitor centre where we had to wait another 30-40 minutes while the long-suffering guide had his breakfast, to which he was certainly entitled. By the time our park tour really started it was 1030, and we had spent three hours merely driving and waiting. Another group, who were not joined up with a camping group, went to a viewpoint, which we drove past without stopping, and had a forest walk during this time.
Our tour guide did his best to show us the park, but since we could not go to any place that the campers had already visited we missed the best waterfall and went to another one which involved a lot of driving, since it was in the far south of the park. When another group telephoned that they had encountered elephants we were too far away to get there in time, and so missed the elephants. It was annoying to suffer more time in the pick-up truck in order to go to a less beautiful waterfall.
Before taking the full day park tour you should ensure you are not going to be joined by others who have spent the night camping, or you will endure far more driving and waiting than necessary, and be prevented from visiting some areas. You must also realize that most of your day will be spent sitting in the back of a noisy and uncomfortable pick-up truck.
The huge campground with rows and rows of closely spaced tents looked pretty unpleasant, and the showers and lavatories that I saw were very dirty, with blocked basins. I was thankful that I had not booked the overnight camping tour.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.