Khao Yai National Park is one of Asia’s largest monsoon forests. It was established in 1961, so it’s the oldest national park in Thailand. The rich green forest spans across 2,172 square kilometres and sits right next to the Sankamphaeng Mountain Range. Climbs around here present a challenge for even the most accomplished hiker. But the view from the top is well worth it.
The tall trees of the Khao Yai National Park are full of secrets; you’ll need a few days here to scratch the surface. Be on the lookout for local wildlife during your stay. Even if you don’t see it, you’ll probably hear it! The white-handed (lar) gibbons are especially noisy; they hoot and whoop from the tops of trees.
There are over 200 species of bird in these forests, including the impressive local hornbills. You won’t miss the great hornbill’s bright yellow and black plumage (and its massive two-metre-wide wingspan). There are a few other animals in the Khao Yai National Park, but they might be a bit trickier to spot. Malayan sun bears and Asiatic black bears roam free here. However, the most impressive animal you might find in the park is a wild elephant.
Sadly, sandalwood poachers are a big problem here. They cut into mature aloeswood trees and take the precious sandalwood straight out and weaken the trees. Talk to your guide about it to see how the locals are preventing this kind of damage.
You’d never think that the Khao Yai National Park was just two hours outside of Bangkok. It’s a great escape if you want to do some exploring. However, it’s much more than your average visit to a national park; you can go hiking, kayaking and rafting during your stay.
Plan your trip to Khao Yai National Park today.