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    Waterfalls In Khao Yai National Park

    by Wann Updated Oct 23, 2006

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    Haew Narok Waterfall

    There are many waterfalls in the area of the national park. The largest and highest waterfall is Haew Narok Waterfall, it is a highlight of this park that I think you shouldn’t miss, it’s located at the south end of Khao Yai National Park. Some other waterfalls is Haew Suwat Waterfall, Wang Haew Waterfall, Kongkaew Waterfall, Pha Kloi Mai Waterfall, Mai Plong Waterfall, Haew Sai Waterfall, Manaw Waterfall, Tad Ta Phu Waterfall and more. If you happen to visit there and make just a day trip, at least go to Haew Suwat Waterfall, its easiest to reach just by car and beautiful. see photos of waterfall from my last several trips in travelogues.

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    Trails Within Khao Yai National Park

    by Wann Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    There are many nature trails of different distances in Khao Yai National Park. Each trail has signposts that tourists can follow. Walkers can also request to have a park ranger from the national park's office accompany them as a guide. The trails within the national park comprise 4 main activities;
    1) Nature Trail ; less than 1 km to walk..
    2) Hiking Trail ; these kind of trail is between 1- 8 km in length, requiring at least one hour to half day walking.
    3) Trekking Trail ; These trails take about 2-4 days trekking and camping around Khao Yai.
    4) Birding Trail : Mostly bird watching can be done on the sides of the road, on them walk trails and around the old golf course area. Birdwatchers on the trekking trail will be delighted to see Oriental pied Hornbills, Silver-breasted Broadbills, Red-whiskered Bulbuls, Black-crested Bulbuls and many other birds. The park is home to more than 300 bird species.

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    Visitor Centre

    by Wann Written Dec 14, 2004

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    Visitor Centre, Khao Yai National Park
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    There is main visitor centre in central of the national park, provides visitors with all the information they will need, as well as permits to hike along the trails. So when you arrive at Khao Yai, go to the visitor centre for services and details on accommodation or to request a park ranger to accompany you on a trek.

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    Mountain Range

    by Wann Updated Jul 28, 2008

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    Khao Yai National Park

    Khao Yai is located within the Dongrak Mountain Range, Khao Yai's elevation ranges from 200 to 1351 m a.s.l. (Khao Rom) Khao Yai National Park consists of complicated mountains such as Khao Rom, the highest about 1,351 meters, Khao Lam about 1,326 meters, Khao Keaw about 1,292 meters, Khao Sam Yod about 1,142 meters, Khao Far Pha about 1,078 meters, Khao Kampang about 875 meters, Khao Samor Poon about 805 meters and Khao Kaew about 802 meters above sea level.

    Moreover, the area has vastly grassy field alternating with productive forest. The north and the east part are smoothly sloping down, while the south and the west part are rising up.

    (In the photo is the view in the north part)

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    View point

    by Wann Written Dec 14, 2004

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    View point, Khao Yai National Park

    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.

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    Jungle tour

    by kyoub Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Park entrance
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    Spend a whole day hiking in the park. Your day will go something like this:
    We left the lodge at 8:30 am. After our ride to the park in the back of the truck, we arrived at the park headquarters to get a permit. While driving thru the park, we saw a long-tailed squirrel, a Hornbill, and a Hawk. Then everyone got out of the truck, it was time for the 4 hr hike in the jungle. Actually about all we saw was a group of Gibbons. Luckily I missed seeing the King Cobra when it went by the guide.
    At 14:00 it was finally lunchtime and we got to ride to the park restaurant. While eating our lunch at picnic tables outside, we saw birds, butterflies, and a Monitor Lizard. After a leisure lunch we went to a waterfall where we could swim. We saw Macaque Monkeys lined up alongside the road, waiting for a hand out.

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    Campsites

    by Wann Written Dec 14, 2004

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    Pha Kluai Mai Campsite

    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...

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    Night safari

    by kyoub Written Jun 21, 2008

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    National Park

    We drove out to the park just as it was starting to get dark. There we were told to get into a larger truck. We stood up in the back of it and wished we had brought winter jackets with us.
    It does get cool once the sun goes down. The guides had large spotlights that they spotted on different areas as we drove around.
    We did see a lot of deer, a civit cat, and an owl but no elephants, bears or anything like that.

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    Wrinkle-lipped Bats

    by kyoub Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Flight of the bats
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    Millions of Wrinkle-lipped bats sleep in the caves in the daytime and fly about looking for food at night. Around sundown you can see them emerging from the caves in a steady stream. They sound like ocean waves with all their wings beating in the air.
    This is a fantastic sight to see and I highly recommend it.

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    Nam Tok Hew Suwat

    by herzog63 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Nam Tok Hew Suwat

    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.

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    Great views of Nam Tok Hew Suwat

    by herzog63 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Nam Tok Hew Suwat

    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

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    Nam Tok Haew Narok

    by herzog63 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Haew Narok Falls

    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!

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    Hike to Orchid Falls

    by herzog63 Written Aug 17, 2003

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    Rain Forest

    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.

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    Take in the great views

    by herzog63 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    My son and I

    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!!

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    Small lake near the viewing station

    by herzog63 Written Aug 14, 2003

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    Watering hole

    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.

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