Khao Yai National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first N.P. of Thailand

Khao Yai National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first N.P. of Thailand

Khao Yai National Park is in the Isaan region of Thailand.

Established in 1962, Khao Yai was Thailand's first national park. Today it is the second largest national park in Thailand and, in 2005, the area along with the surrounding Dong Phaya Yen mountains was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

It's great for trekking. Walk to the cat cave and temple. There you'll see 2-3 million bats coming out of the cave in the evening.

Visit some of the spectacular waterfalls. They might not be the largest you have seen but the scenery is simply stunning. During the Hot Season some waterfalls might be almost dry. The Rainy Season is the best time to see spectacular falls. During the months of June, July, August they can have plenty of water. Under these wet conditions, the flora will also be at it's best.

One of the best ways to see the park is renting a car or motorbike in Pak Chong and staying one night in the park. If you don't have your own transport it is quite difficult to get to the park information centre as the bus from Pak Chong usually takes you to the ticket office and the natural park centre is about 10 km away. A lot of people hitchhike and park rangers are usually quite willing to take anyone as long as they contract their services for the day.

Camping is available within the park at designated sites. Bring your own tent or hire one from the ranger office.

Park Fees and Permits:
Thai Nationals:
Adults: 40 baht (2008 fees)

Foreigners:
Adults: 400 baht (2008 fees)

Others:
Children (under 14): 100 baht
Bicycles: 10 baht
Motorcycles: 20 baht
Cars: 30 baht

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