The villager was identified as Chalee Sophakul, 45, who was a resident of Ban Nayao village in Tambon Tha Kradan of Sanam Chaikhet district.
It is thought he was killed by a herd of wild elephants.
His friend told police that they were looking for editable plants in the forest reserve near Khao Ang Rua wildlife sanctuary near their village at 4.30pm when they spotted the wild elephants.
The elephants charged so they ran for their lives, the friend said.
But the friend said he noticed Chalee had not followed him, so he alerted authorities.
A group of 30 villagers and rescuers returned to the spot at about 9pm to retrieve Chalee’s body.