About Khao Yai

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Khao Yai Established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park, khao yai is the third main national park in Thailand. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. Khao Yai is just 3 hours away from Bangkok.

The park covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers, with rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. 1,351 m high khao yai is the highest mountain within the park. The normal height of the national park range from 400 to 1000 m on top of the sea level.

Khao Yai is fraction of Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest compound. A World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, Covering 5 sheltered areas from Khao Yai to Cambodian border. The other secluded areas are; Pang Sida National Park, Thap Lan National Park, Ta Phraya National Park and Dong Yai Wildlife refuge.


Some frequent mammals contain elephants, Bears, and gaurs, Barking deer, Otters, Gibbons and macaques. There haven’t been any sign of tiger activity in the khao yai park for a while. But camera traps has exposed a important tiger population in neighboring. Thai LAN and Pang Sida National Park. The park has merely one crocodile in the khao yai national park and. It can be seen on same location along the one of trails. According guides in service in the park. The crocodile was at large to the park by the park rangers.

The national park is home to around 300 residents. And drifting birds and has one of Thailand’s biggest populations of hornbills. Several of the attractive birds. That can be establish in the park are barbets, Scarlet minivets, broadbills, Pitas, mountain scoops-owls, Huge salty woodpeckers. Collar owlets, Blue-winged leaf birds.

Asian fairy bluebirds, Trogons, Drogues and magpies. Many land home birds such as gray pheasants, Jungle fowls. Green-legged partridges and Siamese fire back are ordinary on the roads and trails. Best time to visit Khao Yai for bird watching is in. The dry months and during March April when the big bird relocation happens.



Khao Yai is also a good purpose for examination reptiles. The best occasion is approximately March-April but with at rest high-quality action until October. Throughout the cold period. It takes a bit extra try to spot them. Reticulated python, Ahaetulla parsing, Chinese rat snake, Chinese water dragon. Water monitor and crested lizards are only few of many variety. That can be establish in the park.


There are two watchtowers around the grassland area of the park, easily accessible with several trail options from different directions.

Nong Phak Chi Watchtower

Nong phak chi watchtower located 2.5km north from the visitor hub, next to a salt beat and a dew pond. There are quite a few trails from the main road from side to side this watchtower. The vicinity is mostly grassland and makes mountaineering easier.

This watchtower is very well-liked due to clear visibility 360 degrees; there are good potential to see some mammals and birds.

Mo Sing Watchtower

To view the gaur, huge hornbills, gibbons and perhaps elephants.

Hill evergreen forests: This forest type grows above 1,000 m. In hill evergreen forests, the trees are lesser and ferns, mosses and epiphytes abound. Litho carps and Catanopsis are between the most significant kind establish here