Khao Yai is a national park located about 200 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, making it a perfect getaway for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in nature. It is one of the best places in Thailand to go on a trek and observe wild animals including elephants if you are lucky. I would even say the best place in Thailand to see wildlife if you go with a good guide.
The park is spread over 4 provinces but in general, people visit it from its northern entrance near Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima province. It is the most convenient option to access the most interesting places inside the park and Pak Chong is easy to go by transport, bus or train, from Bangkok. Khao Yai National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, in particular for the enormous richness and diversity of its fauna and flora. It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Thailand. It is home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals including elephants, tigers, monkeys, gibbons, snakes, and many kinds of birds. You can go on day or night safaris to experience the natural beauty of the park.
Khao Yai is also famous for its superb waterfalls. Haew Narok Waterfall is the most famous and offers an impressive spectacle when the water rushes from a height of more than 150 meters but you can also visit the Haew Suwat (the one from the movie The Beach) and Haew Sai waterfalls, which offer equally stunning scenery.
Outside the park, there are also interesting places, often little known to foreign tourists, such as a small stretch of river with incredibly clear and blue water, a fantastic temple, some nice cave temples and also vineyards. The region has an ideal climate for growing grapes, and several vineyards offer wine tastings. But I must say that is not the best wine I have drank in my life but it's always interesting to discover and taste.
In summary, Khao Yai is a must-see destination for nature and wildlife-watching lovers. Whether you want to explore the national park, admire the waterfalls, taste local wine or visit amazing temples and relax in clear river waters, you will love this part of Thailand! But do not go only with basic tours that just take you to the park by car or van and show you viewpoints and accessible waterfalls. Choose treks with a guide to go deep into the jungle. This is the only way you will experience the true beauty of this park and its exceptional nature!
Note that it is also possible to camp in the Khao Yai national park (they provide the equipment) or to rent bungalows from the Visitor's Center.
It is also possible to camp in Khao Yai Park or rent bungalows from the Visitor's Center.
Note that you can also go to Pak Chong from Ayutthaya by train. It's direct, no need to go back to Bangkok first.
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