Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park is situated in the Sankambeng Mountain Range at the southwestern boundary of the Khorat Plateau. The park spreads its boundaries mostly in Nakhon Ratchasima province, but also in Saraburi, Prachinburi and Nakhon Nayoke provinces.
Through this vast area, Khao Yai incorporates one of the largest intact rain forests remaining in mainland South East Asia. In 2005 the park became listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
Khao Yai National Park is the second largest in Thailand, covering an area of over 2,000 square kilometers, including evergreen forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400 to 1000 m above sea level. Research have found over 3,000 species of plants, more than 350 bird species and over 70 species of mammals, including Asiatic black bears, elephants, gaur (wild buffalo), tigers, crab-eating macaques, few species of gibbons, Indian sambar deers, wild dogs and wild pigs.
There are over 20 waterfalls within the park boundaries, including famous Heow Narok and Heow Suwat waterfalls, filming location for the movie “The Beach”.
The National Park offers sleeping facilities for visitors at the head quarter and a restaurant cantine with toilet facilities. Other visitor infrastructure includes an information center and a few well marked trails. Khao Yai should definitely be on the list of places to visit if you intend to spend some time in central Thailand.
ActiveThailand offers a selection of tours below, as well as accommodation booking for individual travelers.
Khao Yai Wildlife Safari 3 days / 2 night
With over 2,500 plant species, over 350 bird species, and large mammals including elephants, white handed gibbon, gaur, and Asiatic black bear, Khao Yai National Park is a natural choice for a wilderness adventure. This 3 days and 2 nights trip, departs from Bangkok and lead by expert naturalist.