Established in 1962 as the first national park in Thailand, Khao yai spreads across four provinces, namely Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima and Pranchinbiri. The national park is situated on southwestern boundary of Khorat plateau and occupies the western part of Sankamphaeng Mountain range. Pak Chong is the nearest town to north entrance, while south entrance is 13 km away from Prachinburi.
A Wealth of Natural Wonders
The highest peak in this national park is at Khao Rom, 1351 metres above the sea level. Khao Yai is blessed with rich biodiversity, so if you are a nature lover, this place must be a part of your Thailand package. It has fertile valleys, lush mountainous landscape and pounding waterfalls all over. Being just three hour’s drive from Bangkok, there is no surprise that Khao Yai is a year round getaway destination.
On the west side, there is a range of Wild West theme parks and vineyards of award winning labels of Thailand, such as Awardee Chenin Blanc and Pirom Khao Yai Reserve. The east and south boasts several natural wonders, including the ozone rich valleys of Wang Nam Kheo and jungle clad waterfalls of Prachinburi.
The boundaries of the park are trudged by nearly 200 elephants. Other mammals include leopards, tigers, bears, barking deer, gaur, otters, large pythons, gibbons and macaques. Khao Yai boasts as many as 392 species of birds. For a wildlife lover, this park is a must visit if you are touring Thailand. Look for best travel deals give Khao Yai a visit to witness the wide variety of wildlife.
Other sights and activities
Some sights in the National Park are Art Museum, Dasada, Khao Yai winery and Life Park. With the help of MICE, you can also take part in some adventurous activities such as mountain biking, elephant ride and rafting of the Tha Dan dam. These activities add a touch of adventure to an already exciting place.