A Day Exploring Khao Yai National Park

A Day Exploring
Khao Yai National Park

Back to nature! Khao Yai National Park is Thailand’s first national park and is within easy reach
from Bangkok. This eco-adventure takes us to an area of outstanding natural beauty,
where one can find an abundance of unique flora and fauna.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Seen as a popular weekend escape for the locals, an open-air museum for flora and fauna enthusiasts and a hiking paradise for those enjoying a great walk with lots of fresh air, Khao Yai is a multiverse of destinations, each complementing each other perfectly. Its name is derived from its wavy landscape, from shallow inclines to 1000-metre high mountains, and is etched as Thailand’s oldest national park.

This protected area is a natural wonderland of limestone caves, dense forests and abundant waterfalls. This tailored tour combines several activities includes seeing waterfall magnificence, spotting wild animals and overlooking the dense jungle of this premier national park from carefully chosen vantage points.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Day Exploring Khao Yai National Park

06:30 - 18:00

An early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bangkok by your guide and driver and head into north-eastern direction marks the start of a nature-filled day. Khao Yai National Park is around 200 kilometres outside of Bangkok and is Thailand’s first and best-known national park. Meaning ‘High Mountain’, this protected zone was established in 1962 and it is so far the third largest in the country. The highest peak in the park is Khao Rom, which rises to 1351 meters. The highest region is located in the north and west of the park, but much of Khao Yai is sandstone plateau with elevations between 600 meters and 1000 meters.

The best known wild life in the park are elephants, gibbons and hornbills, however the areas still have at least 25 large mammals including Asian jackal, Asiatic black bear, Malayan sun bear, tiger, leopard, wild pig and deer. Some 300 something migrant and resident birds’ species have been identified living in the park’s lush forests. The park has an extensive network of marked and unmarked trails and it is necessary to obtain permission to spend nights at park outstations. There are at least 12 trails ranging from 2.5 kilometres to about 10 kilometres in length. Most of these trails are stumped out by the local wildlife.

After enjoying a local lunch at a local restaurant, we head over to the visitor centre of Khao Yai. This centre contains numerous facts and figures about the flora and fauna located within its premises and gives the visitor an idea of the importance of this national park for Thailand. We end the afternoon with visiting two of Khao Yai’s most famous waterfalls, the Haew Suwat and the Haew Narok, each with its own story and characteristics. Late afternoon, we head back to Bangkok and will arrive back at around 6 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)
  • Rain coat and protection (when needed)
  • 3rd party accident insurance

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis with an English-speaking guide only.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues. Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour. We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation.
  • For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests. The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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