Established in 1961, this is Thailand’s oldest national park and is highly regarded by naturalists.
Covering an area of 2,172 square kilometers and rising from 400 to 1,400 meters above sea level, it features one of the largest intact monsoon forests in mainland Asia.
Fauna and flora
Among the residents of Khao Yai National Park are some 200 wild elephants, as well as sambar and barking deer, gaur, wild pigs, bats, gibbons and macaques. For bird lovers the park is home to Thailand’s largest population of hornbills. There are also vast numbers of flowering trees and shrubs to be found here, as well as many beautiful butterfly species.
The park has over 50 kilometers of hiking trails so walking is a big attraction. There are many trails to choose from and experienced guides are on hand to help you make the most of your time here.
A night safari by jeep is one of the best ways to spot wildlife, with December to February being the best time to see elephants.
Suggested itineraries featuring Khao Yai National Park
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Map of Khao Yai National Park
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Places near Khao Yai National Park
- Ayutthaya 66 miles away
- Bangkok 81 miles away
- Phimai 88 miles away
- Phanom Rung 103 miles away
- Amphawa 125 miles away
- Koh Munnork 126 miles away
- Koh Samet 127 miles away
- Kanchanaburi & The River Kwai 137 miles away
- Koh Kood 202 miles away
- Phra Wihan 212 miles away
- Sukhothai 214 miles away
- Loei Province 215 miles away
- Udon Thani 227 miles away
- Isaan 234 miles away
- Nong Khai 255 miles away
- Khong Jiam 278 miles away
- Nakhon Phanom 294 miles away
Accommodation choices for Khao Yai National Park
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