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.
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.