The oldest and most popular of all national parks, Khao Yai is a beautiful sanctuary for nature lovers or for anybody else looking to escape from the cities and towns of Thailand. It was established in 1962 and is now the country’s second biggest national park, covering an area of 2,168 square kilometers with altitudes ranging from 400 to over 1,300 meters above sea level.
Khao Yai translates into big mountain and there are surely no shortages of hills and mountains here. The highest peak is at Khao Rom, which overlooks the park at 1352 meters above sea level. Other peaks include Khao Kaew (1,292 meters), Khao Sam Yod (1142 meters) and Kha Far Pha (1078 meters). The park is not without its rich abundance of flora and fauna with over 3000 species of plants, 320 species of birds and 67 species of mammals.
The climate at Khao Yai National park is very pleasant. The average temperatures at the park are much lower than Bangkok, averaging at about 23°C. The hot season (March – May) will have days hovering above the average daily temperatures, but it is still relatively pleasant because of the higher altitude. The rainy season (May – October) will of course bring rain, but is a great time to see cascading waterfalls and even more green scenery. The cool season (November – February) can get a little chilly, with temperatures hovering in the low twenties during the day (and in the tens and below at night), so a sweater is highly advised.
So, what is there to do in Khao Yai National Park? The real question should be where to begin? With its diverse and expansive landscape, animal watching is an ideal activity in Khao Yai. The park is home to numerous animal species, so you can get up close and observe them. If you would like to see the animals and remain hidden, there are observational towers available in the park. The best time to view the animals from these towers is early morning when hornbills, gaurs, gibbons and elephants are most active.
The park is also home to numerous and picturesque waterfalls such as Haew Narok Falls (the biggest waterfall in the park) and Heow Suwat Falls (a site during filming of the movie The Beach). Khao Yai National Park is also home to five rivers, so great rafting and kayaking spots are abundant. In addition, there are over 50 kilometers of hiking trails in the park, ranging from straightforward one hour tracks for beginners or four day treks for seasoned hikers, with a preserved dinosaur footprint the reward for one of these hikes.
Because of its distinct location in Central, Eastern and Northeastern Thailand and close proximity to the capital, Khao Yai National Park is a popular getaway destination for Bangkok residents. Let Exotissimo take you to this natural evergreen sanctuary with our Bangkok and Khao Yai in Comfort tour. We highly recommend a stay at Sala Khao Yai while you are at the park. Perched high above the Khao Yai countryside, this small exclusive boutique property is the perfect natural haven. Large daybeds, full entertainment systems and rain showers are just a few of the features for you to enjoy while dark woods and rich leathers create a casually indulgent ambiance. The resort also features al-fresco style dining, an infinity edge swimming pool and a spa. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to tweak any of our programs to fit your needs.
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