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What places to visit in Khao Yai?

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What to see in Khao Yai

The first thing to visit in Khao Yai is the national park. But not just by car or van/ You have to go on a trek into the forest with a guide, to go deep into the jungle. You will see many wild animals there, especially if the guide is good. There are also a few place of interest to visit outside the park. Natural springs with clear water with intense blue reflections, amazing temples including a truly surprising and fascinating one, you can go see the millions of bats flying out from the Bat Cave every evening at sunset, visit vineyards and taste wine, browse a gallery of a Modern Art museum. In short, there is plenty to do and see in and around Khao Yai National Park.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Khao Yai or from Khao Yai. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Khao Yai


Khao Yai National Park

My opinion :
It is the most visited national park in Thailand. And it is one of the most beautiful national parks in the world as its listing as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 confirms. It is an amazing place for nature, fauna, and flora lovers. One of the best places to trek in the jungle and see wildlife and it is not so far from Bangkok. Generally, people visit it from Pak Chong, the city closest to its main entrance, the Northern entrance.

Wat Simalai Songtham

My opinion :
This quite unique temple built on several floors on a mountain 12 kilometers from the northern entrance to Khao Yai National Park is especially interesting for its very astonishing architecture loaded with a lot of details and small atypical and varied elements.

Ban Tha Chang Spring

น้ำพุธรรมชาติบ้านท่าช้าง (น้ำผุดปากช่อง)
My opinion :
This small shaded stretch of river near Khao Yai National Park is a great spot for swimming in a natural pool. The water here is crystal clear with an intense sapphire blue. This is due to a natural phenomenon as the one found at Krabi's Emerald Pool.
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Other nice places to visit in Khao Yai

Khao Yai Bat Cave

Khao Yai Bat Cave

starstarstar We come to this cave for the amazing spectacle of the millions of bats that live there flying out at nightfall, then returning in the early morning, always in a long, endless black cloud. An impressive nature spectacle that lasts more than 2 hours.
Wat Tham Khao Wong

Wat Tham Khao Wong

starstar More than a tourist attraction, this temple not far from Khao Yai National Park is a place for meditation. It has a system of caves galleries in the mountain arranged to accommodate monks and faithful for 2 meditation sessions per day.

Tours in Khao Yai and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

full day tour trekking and discovering wildlife in khao yai nationa park
Green Leaf

Full day tour trekking and discovering wildlife in Khao Yai Nationa Park

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Spend the day spotting, discovering and observing wildlife in Thailand's best national park for watching wild animals. You will also trek deep into the jungle with an expert local guide, and if you are lucky, you will see wild elephants!

halfday tour around khao yai national park with a local guide
Green Leaf

Halfday tour around Khao Yai National Park with a local guide

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Swim in an incredible natural spring, explore a cave temple, watch the sunset while millions of bats are coming out of their cave... An very affordable afternoon tour that will be the perfect start for your stay in Khao Yai!

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Village of Indigo Dye

village of indigo dye

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Khao Ok Talu

khao ok talu

This 250-meter high limestone peak is emblematic of Phatthalung city. Located behind the train station, you can see it from afar and will probably be tempted to climb it to have a dominant view...

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Wat Sri Panton

wat sri panton

This fully golden temple is the second monochrome temple in Nan. It is located just a few minutes walk from Nan white temple.

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