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Khao Yai National Park is a national park in Isaan, Thailand.




Khao Yai National Park is a national park in Isaan, Thailand.

Overview of Khao Yai National Park

• It was established in 1962.
• Khao Yai was Thailand’s first national park.
• Today, it is the second largest national park in Thailand.
• The area along with the surrounding Dong Phaya Yen Mountains was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
• Khao Yai National Park is huge and is located northeast of Bangkok.
• It is the oldest national park over the years.
• It has 500 km of hiking trails, large waterfalls, virgin forests and nearly 300 species of birds.
• Elephants and tigers are among the largest animals here.

Flora and Fauna in Khao Yai National Park

• Dry Evergreen Forests: Dipterocarps and Hopia and Bamboo
• Dry Deciduous Forests: Afzelia, Xylia and Lagerstroemia
• Tropical Moist Evergreen Forest
• Hill Evergreen Forests: Lithocarps and Catanopsis
• Grasslands
• Civets
• Squirrels
• Porcupines
• Wild pigs
• Snakes
• Lizards
• Geckos
• Cicadas
• Siamese crocodiles
• Birds: over 320 species have been recorded especially Hornbills
• Bats: Nearly 1 million insects eating bats live in a cave on the edge of the Park

Fees and permits for Khao Yai National Park
Thai Residents:
• Adults: 40 baht (2011 fees)
• Foreigners: Adults: 400 baht (2011 fees)
Others:
• Forest overlook
• (Foreign) Children (under 14): 200 baht
• Bicycles: 10 baht
• Motorcycles: 20 baht
• Cars: 50 baht

Services
• Food is available from private concessions within the park.
• Bicycles are available for hire from the park.
• Kayaking and rafting services are also available.
• Night-time “wildlife spotlighting” is available via pick-up trucks in the early evening.
• Animals sighted usually are limited to deer and civet cats, and only rarely include elephants.
• Slide shows at the visitor’s center are available on weekends and public holidays at 10:00am, 14:00pm and 16:00pm.
• Meeting rooms are available with audiovisual equipment for seminars and workshops.
• Camping is permitted in camping zones.
• You may bring your own tent or rent one at the camping ground.
• Lodges and cabins are available for singles and groups. Reservations are required.

Places to see in Khao Yai National Park

• There are over 50 km of hiking trails.
• These ranges from easy to hard with duration of one hour to three days.
• There trails on the map from the visitors center will only have the easier trails.
• Maps do come with English instructions.
• A guide is recommended for most trails for tourists with no experience.
• Kayaking and rafting are also available.
• Night time wildlife spotlighting is permitted.
• Observation towers are available at Nong Pak Chee or Mo Sing.
• Early morning is the best time to view the Great Hornbills, gaur, and sometimes elephants. Gibbons are most active in the early morning.
• At about 5:30 at night thousands of wrinkled lipped bats emerge from a cave 3 km outside the northern gate to begin night time feeding.
• The bats fly in a ribbon pattern across the sky.
• Klong Pa Kang-Wang Haew-Dinosaur Footprint can be seen.
• It is a four day trek to see a dinosaur footprint.

Waterfalls
Haew Narok Waterfall – The Haew Narok waterfalls are the largest waterfalls in the park.
Haew Suwat Waterfalls – This waterfall runs over a 20 meter cliff into a large pool below. It is located to the about 8 km east of the visitors center.
Haew Sai Waterfalls – Haew Sai Waterfalls are located a 700 meters north of the Haew Suwat Waterfalls.
Haew Pratoon Waterfalls – Smaller waterfall that is about 1 km north of Haew Sai waterfall.

Things to do in Khao Yai National Park

• Bird watching
• Wildlife watching
• Waterfalls
• Swimming
• Visiting temple of Buddha
• Trekking
• Night-time wildlife viewing
• Kayaking
• Rafting
• Hiking
• Bicycle riding

Best time to visit / climate

– Thailand is largely tropical.
– Khao Yai National Park has three main seasons.
– It has an annual mean temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.
– This varies greatly with the seasons.
Rainy season (May – October)
– Most days have high rates of precipitation.
– The atmosphere is humid with average temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius during the day dropping to 13 degrees Celsius at night.
Cold season (November – February)
– This season is marked with clear skies, sunny and cool temperature.
– Average temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius during the day and 10 degrees Celsius at night are experienced.
– It is a good time for hiking.
Hot season (March – April)
– It is humid by day with temperatures of 20-30 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius at night.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get to Khao Yai National Park?

• Khao Yai is along the way from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat).
• The nearest town is Pak Chong, which can be reached either via most Bangkok-Korat trains or via most buses to Korat.
• Once in town, hire or share a songthaew to get to the park’s main northern entrance.
• The South entrance is about 13km north of Prachinburi.
• Head towards north on the roundabout on the road 3077.

How to get to Thailand?

1. By plane
• The main international airports in Thailand are at Bangkok and Phuket.
• Both are well-served by intercontinental flights.
• Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok.
• International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.
• Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make excellent places to catch flights into these smaller Thai cities.
• The national carrier is the well-regarded THAI Airways with Bangkok Airways filling in some gaps in the nearby region.
• Bangkok Airways offers free internet access while you wait for boarding to start at your gate.
• Chartered flights from and to Thailand from international destinations are operated by Hi Flying group.
• They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Udon Thani.

2. By Road
Cambodia – six international border crossings.
Laos – The busiest border crossing is at the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong between Nong Khai and the Lao capital Vientiane.
It’s also possible to cross the Mekong at Chiang Khong / Huay Xai, Nakhon Phanom /Tha Khaek, Mukdahan / Savannakhet, and elsewhere.
Vientiane / Udon Thani: A bus service runs from the Morning Market bus station in Vientiane to the bus station in Udon Thani. The cost is 80 Baht or 22,000 Kip and the journey takes two hours. The Udon Thani airport is 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk from the bus station and is served by Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia.
• Malaysia and Singapore – driving up is entirely possible. Main crossings between Thailand and Malaysia are Padang Besar (Padang Besar) and Sadao (Bukit Kayu Hitam) in Songkhla province, Betong in Yala province, and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province. There are regular buses from Singapore to the southern hub of Hat Yai.

3. By Train
Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (near Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore.

4. By Ferry
• It is possible to travel by ferries in high season (Nov-May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia.
• This can now be done without ever touching the mainland, Phuket (Thailand) to Padang (Indonesia). Islands en route:
– Ko Phi Phi
– Ko Lanta
– Ko Ngai
– Ko Mook
– Ko Bulon
– Ko Lipe
– Langkawi
– Penang

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at isan.sawadee.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Khao Yai National Park

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travelblog.org
Blogs at travelfish.org
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Khao Yai National Park

Images at google.com
Images at artphotoasia.net
Images at travel.mongabay.com
Images at timlaman.com

Videos of Thailand – Khao Yai National Park






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