Ban Khao Yai Travel Guide

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Ban Khao Yai Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wonderful Natural surroundings!! 

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     too many people in winter 

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     A "close to nature" place to be, you'll love it! 

Ban Khao Yai Things to Do

  • Animals!

    The park is host to some amazing biodiversity, across all lines. Having a day or more to enjoy in the park gives you the opportunity to see some incredible animals, and the crown jewel is, of course, the Asian elephant. For many westerners, myself included, elephants are animals that are the fringe of imagination, but here you have a chance to see...

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  • Hiking

    Many tours of the park settle for drives to the major highlights, and you really miss a lot of the park. Hiking along some of the 50+ km of trails in Khao Yai is an intimate way of seeing the park. The trails range through the tropical jungle to the open plains. Along the way you can see the multitude of animals that live in the park, from macaques...

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  • Heo Suwat Falls

    There are several different ways to spell the name of this cascade, but they all add up to one thing: beauty. This semi-secluded waterfall is found in Khao Yai National Park and is reached through a steep staircase cut into the rockwall surrounding this little grotto. The water spills about 20 m from the cliff into a small pool, then runs through...

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  • Mountain Range

    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...

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  • Wrinkle-lipped Bats

    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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  • Night safari

    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...

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Ban Khao Yai Restaurants

  • Great fish

    The food was very good at the Khao Yai Garden Lodge. My favorite dish was a whole fish that I don't remember the name of now.

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  • If you are looking for place to have...

    In the central of The National Park, near visitor centre, there is a big cafeteria with various food (mainly Thai) and great nature surrounding.

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  • Eat at the Headquarters

    There are two spots to choose from and they are in the same building. You buy from them and then take your plates to the dining area. There are some great local foods to choose from. Very inexpensive too!! It is right across the street from the park headquarters. There is also a small store there too where you can buy some snacks,soft drinks,water...

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Ban Khao Yai Nightlife

  • Nightlife - Plenty to see

    We took a night-time wildlife spotting tour in Jan. 2005 and had a "wild" time - plenty of deer, civet cats, porcupines and our first wild elephant. The tour is in an open truck so bring a coat (can get cold and wet) and doesn't venture far from the Park Headquarters but if you're lucky like we were you'll have a great time - the anticipation is...

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  • Night spotting

    There isn't any wild partying at Khao Yai. But the popular thing to do is hire a night spotter. You ride in the back of an open air pick up truck and there is a person with a big spotlight shining it around into the trees and fields trying to spot wild Animals. We got to see the eyes of some sort of Big eyed Monkey that I don't know the name of and...

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Ban Khao Yai Transportation

  • Open-air truck

    The way we got around the park was in an open-air truck. It has bench like seats on each side. They did have some padding so the ride wasn't that bad. If it was raining it wasn't that great.

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  • Tuktuk

    This is the transportation that goes around the National Park. The driver will take you to the far routes around and it will cost you around 10baht or so. I've seen a couple of farang hikers riding.

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  • There are plenty of signs

    Well, when I went to Khao Yai I went with friends that had a car. I'm not sure how a traveler would get around in the park after you arrive at the main gate. Bicycle would be good. Or possibly hitchhike. We actually did hitchhike one day as our hike ended up on the road quite some distance from where we left the car and a guy with a pick up truck...

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Ban Khao Yai Shopping

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    by Wann Written Sep 26, 2007

    No one comes to Khao Yai for shopping I think but when I come to the national park many times and drive pass this huge outlet place so why not stop by. They are all brand name clothes shops, its huge place, can keep all shoppers busy for many hours. There's also food court and many food and drink conners. For me I just did window shopping and leave.

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Ban Khao Yai Local Customs

  • Elephant Destruction!!

    On our last morning we were this close to seeing an elephant!! We were on our way to Nam Tok Haew Narok when we spotted barbed wire wrapped road signs torn from the ground and strewn all over and there were small trees that were snapped off too! And of course to top it all off the Elephant left his own trademark!! A Big Elephant Loaf right in the...

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  • Get your picture in front of Nam Tok Hew...

    There seemed to be a steady stream of people taking turns getting their photo taken in front of the falls! I must've seen at least 25 people do the same thing while I was there. It would make a nice spot for a romantic photo!!

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  • Lot's of locals on the weekends

    Not really a warning but this is a National Park and can get quite crowded at some of the water falls on the weekends. Especially mid-afternoon at Nam Tok Hew Suwat! So if you're looking for peace and quiet don't do here at that time!! But there wasn't really that many people at other spots we went to visit. This one is very near the road and there...

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Ban Khao Yai Warnings and Dangers

  • Leech City!!

    If you go on hikes after a rain which can be quite common on Khao Yai. You will encounter leeches!! I wish I would've taken photos of them. These things can sense body heat or smell you or something. When we stopped walking we could just see the things climbing end over end coming out wet leaves. My friend Pla had brought some Anti-leach repellent...

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  • Scorpion on the trail

    Keep an eye on the trail if you hiking like we were in rubber sandals (flip-flops). On the Gong Gheo Hike which we did in the afternoon after a rain shower came through the area we were walking along watch the trail and the leaves for leeches as the area was infested with them. I had gotten a little ahead of my companions so I stopped in the trail...

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  • Do not pick the fruit and leave the area...

    We were told by a warden that it's illegal to pick any fruit in the park as it's a National Park and every thing should be left as you have found it! Somewhere in the region of 1000 baht per lime!! It's much cheaper to go to the market in Pak Chong!! LOL So I just took a picture of them.If you pack in garbage on a hike you must pack it back out!!...

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Ban Khao Yai What to Pack

  • Be prepared

    You will need sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Several layers for the night safari.Cool cotton clothing for the jungle tour. Swimwear if you plan to enjoy the waterfalls or pool. Shopping is limited to a small convenience type store nearby. Take what you will need. Take plenty of memory and batteries. Don't forget the sunscreen and a...

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  • Anti-Leech lotion....

    Hiking boots would be good although I hiked in flip-flops. A light rain jacket could be useful so you don't get soaked like I did!! It can rain alot here!! Anti-Leech lotion...I don't know the brand though....sorry! But the kind we had worked well after we put it on!! Rub it all over any exposed areas on your legs or actually you can buy...

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Ban Khao Yai Off The Beaten Path

  • Caving!

    There are some destinations around the Ban Khao Yai area that are interesting to visit. There are a set of caves that run along side the park. The caves are situated near a Buddhist temple, and back in the day, the monks would go into the caves and meditate, to isolate themselves from the world. These caves run for quite a length, and after...

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  • A scenic drive from Pak Chong

    Pak Chong is a town about 20KM north ot Khao Yai National Park. There are several resorts, vineyards and golf courses in this area too.I took a leisure 3 hrs drive along Hwy 2247 north from Pak Chong, westward along Hwy 205 and then southward back to Pak Chong along Hwy 2243.

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  • Gibbons

    Well...I was hoping to see a Gibbon or two here at Khao Yai..But the closest was hearing a male in the morning! We could see the trees moving and his call that he was making...You'll have to contact VT member Zrim about the sound that he was making. Zrim is the VT expert on animal sounds!! We missed seeing a few of them in the trees as we met a...

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Ban Khao Yai Sports & Outdoors

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    by herzog63 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Sorry to disappoint you golfers!! There are remnants of what used to be a golf course here at Khao Yai. Well I guess a new director came in and realized that this is a National Park and not the gaming zone so he removed the golf course which is easy enough to do. Just say you can't play anymore!! Now the fields are open for the deer, wild boar and elephants to have fun!!

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Ban Khao Yai Favorites

  • Crowded on weekend

    As the distance is not so far from cities, Khao Yai National Park can be so crowded especially on weekend, long weekend or Thai public holidays, so better consider about this if you don’t want to be in crowded.

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  • Signs

    Most of the streets have signs to where excatly you are going. They even have a public transport taking to the camps you want to go to and around the place. It's a big National park so it's advisable to have a comfy shoes.

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  • Pretty

    We didn't view the waterfall from below the area so, I just thought I have to take a small water falling. so, here it is from the stagnant water just beside the viewing deck!

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Watch your stinger it might get stung!
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Some People (wimps) think the water is cold!
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