There are some view points in Khao Yai National Park, each view point; there are interpretative information displays for visitors to understand more about the area. In the Photo is the one in the north of the park, it is the first one visitor will arrive, about 8 km from entrance gate.
Major Campsites in Khao Yai National Park are at Pha Kluai Mai and Lam Ta Kong. When I was there, it was weekend so the campsites were quite crowded, all tents are so colourful, dont worry about...there are plenty of public toilets and bathrooms...
Various points of interest in Khao Yai National Park can be easily accessed by car, very convenience. There are many routes all around Khao Yai National Park so it is easy to know the area in roughly by driving around.
The hike to Nam Tok Orchid falls is a slippery 1.5 km hike through the rain forest! It was slippery for us as it was raining. And it was a little dissapointing as there wasn't really any water at the falls! Most of the other falls that we had seen in Khao Yai had enough water in them to make them look like water falls. Oh well we did enjoy the hikes and we saw some cool insects (that I didn't take photos of) It gave us a sense of adventure as we were'nt that far from the main road but had to deal with the mud and leeches on the trail.
This is the most spectacular of the water falls that we saw at Khao Yai! This section is 60 meters and there are 3 sections in all that total 150 meters! The Park does not allow any swimming at all here as they don't want you going over the edge. To get here it's a nice walk through the forest then you get to the top of the falls from there it's a walk down the cliff via steps and a shakey handrail. The steps are quite steep. But the short walk is well rewarded with beautiful views of the massive falls. I would recommend doing this hike later in the afternoon if you want to get some nice photos of the water fall. We went there first thing in the morning and the sun is still behind the waterfall and the photos aren't really beautiful like they could be!
As you walk down to get to the base of the falls you can get some nice views. There is a handrailed trail leading down. But you won't want to be leaning on it. The steps can be quite steep in places too. This could almost be listed under warnings and dangers too. Keep your eyes on the trail as you head down and not on the falls or you might fall! LOL
This pool is an inviting place to cool off. We where there in march so there wasn't alot of water coming over the falls but there was engough to make it a beautiful setting! We spent the afternoon here cooling down from the morning hike. Enjoying the cool waters. But later in the afternoon it started raining so we left and went driving around doing some animal spotting.
Here in the tall grass that was along the trail there were so many different kinds of insects. Many were easy to spot and some of them were downright loud!! I'm not an insectologist!! LOL but these bugs were cool! There was a bird that was feasting on the insects that we could see fly from bush to bush and he was catching some sort of insect. You're going to have to look close to see some of these bugs but there are so many different kinds here that are not native to the land that I come from.
All along the road we saw many Macaques. They seemed a little too friendly to me. apparently they have been accepting handouts from passers by. The city people from Bangkok don't fully understand the harm that is done by feeding them potato chips and other snacks!! I highly recommend not feeding any wild animals. It makes them dependant on humans for food then they forget how to forage on their own.
We got up early and drove to the KM35 turnout and hiked to the Elephant viewing tower but the elephants forgot to do the same!! So we went elephantless...We did see plenty of fresh Elephant droppings though so they had been there earlier or during the night.
These are my friends Gop,Ooy, Hadji, and Pla.
This small lake is located near the Km 35 viewing station. It apparantley is a good watering hole for elephants and deer. But we were not lucky to spot any wild animals here. Well we did see some birds..mainly some sort of King Fisher that was catching some small fish in the pond. I'm sure if your here at the viewing station at the right time you will be lucky and spot 50 elephants.
Here is a shot of me and Hadji at one of the scenic overlooks that's located very near to the Main gate to the park. The road system is set up very nicely with many scenic over looks with good parking nearby. The minumum elevation in the park is at 400 meters so it is usually and most always cooler than Bangkok or any of the lower elevations. It sure felt nice and cool on my Alaskan skin to have these lower temperatures. Perfect hiking temperatures!!
This is one of the reservoirs in Khao Yai Naional Park, Mo Sing To Reservoir where some wild animals come out at night, nearby is view point and watch tower.
On Khao Yai , there're some fields where wildlife always come for salt soil. Each field have tower for watching nature living.
Here on this sign you can read about the birds of Khao Yai. The only problem was that it's written in Thai script. So you will need to learn Thai or ask a local to translate for you.