Khao Yai National Park is a national park in Isaan, Thailand.
Measuring 2,168 km squared, Khao Yai is the second largest national park in Thailand. In 2005 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the larger Dong Phaya Yen–Khao Yai Forest Complex . Situated on the southwestern boundary of the Khorat Plateau, it occupies the western part of the Sankamphaeng Mountain range. Thick jungle covers the mountainous slopes, interspersed with some scenic waterfalls.
Flora and fauna
More than 80 percent of the park is forested. Vegetation types include tropical rainforest, dry evergreen forest, hill evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, dry dipterocarp forest, and grassland. The rich diversity of plants (about 2,000 species) astound the new-comer. Towering trees draped in mosses, climbers and epiphytes, tangled trunks of the strangling figs, drooping lianas and spiny rattan palms, delicate ferns, multicoloured lichens and an ever-changing array of fungi.
Tropical Moist Evergreen Forest: Tropical Moist Evergreen Forest covers around 70% of the park, including its central area. Dipterocarps are an important species found within these forests.
Dry Evergreen Forests: These forests cover the lower slopes of Khao Yai. There are a number of important plant species found within this type of forest, including Dipterocarps and Hopia. Bamboo is also often found in drier forests.
Dry Deciduous Forests: These forests also cover the lower slopes of Khao Yai. The most important plant species found within Deciduous Forests include Afzelia, Xylia and Lagerstroemia.
Hill Evergreen Forests: This forest type grows above 1,000 m. In Hill Evergreen Forests, the trees are smaller and ferns, mosses and epiphytes abound. Lithocarps and Catanopsis are amongst the most important species found here.
Grasslands: These areas are a unique habitat, and provide a grazing area year – round for some of the parks animals. Grassland provides a welcome relief to all the forest . The park mange (burn annually) the grassland to prevent trees from invading and to provide year round grazing for deer, elephants and gaur.
Khao Yai’s forests are teeming with wildlife. Wildlife is plentiful (46 mammal species, at least 74 species of herptile and thousands of invertebrates) but often hard to see. Gibbons provide an excellent morning wake-up call with their mournful hoots. Quiet, patient walkers may catch a glimpse of these tree-living apes. Pig tailed macaques are often seen on the roadsides. Civets, squirrels, porcupines, and wild pigs add a bit of variety. Snakes and lizards usually make their presence known by a rustle in the undergrowth as you are walking.
Mammals: One of the main draws to the park are its two species of gibbon - the White-handed or Lar gibbon and the Pileated gibbon, both of which can be spotted relatively easily. Many animals can be seen on the grasslands, including Sambar deer (large, grey-brown, often in groups), barking deer/muntjac (smaller, red-brown, usually in pairs or alone) and occasionally gaur. Elephants are sometimes spotted at salt-licks or on the road in the evenings (or even day) if lucky.
Carnivore species include clouded leopards, marbled cats, leopard cats, golden cats and dholes. The last conclusive record of a tiger was in 2005. However, there have been a few unofficial sightings since then and its possible that transient individuals still visit the park. Lucky tourists may catch a glimpse of these along the roadside, while dhole are sometimes seen hunting on the grasslands and near the Sai Sorn reservoir. Other mammals include asiatic black bear, sun bear, serow, Binturong, Hog Badger, Pangolins and Mouse-‐Deer.
Nearly 1 million insect-eating bats live in a cave on the edge of the park. Drive about 3 km to the north of the Pak Chong entrance gate and take a small track on the left-hand side just past a temple. A few hundred metres up here take a right-hand turn and follow the track to the end. You can climb the hill to the cave. Please do not enter the cave. You will disturb the bats. Best not to use flash photography as this can disturb them.
Birds: Lots! Over 320 species have been recorded. To the non-expert, birds are often just mysterious whistles, trills and calls, or a flutter of wings and a glimpse of colour. Patience is needed, good binoculars and a bird guide. Roadsides, the old golf course, grasslands and the watching towers are good places to start . Hornbills are quite easy to spot, and hear the "gak gak gak" laugh of the Indian Pied (often seen in big flocks near Nong Pak Chi Tower in the evenings), or the deep resonant "gok…gok" of the Great Hornbill (usually seen in pairs or alone, the biggest of Khao Yai's hornbills). Siamese fire-back and silver pheasants are frequently seen in the forest.
Reptiles: A few Siamese crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) have recently been found within the park. Some believe the crocodiles were released there while others believe they may indeed be a genuine wild population as this species can be present at higher elevations (such as the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia.) This species is not aggressive towards humans and rarely grows larger than 3 m (10 feet.) These can be seen along the river from Pha Kluamai Campsite to Haew Suwat falls (roughly 90 minutes), basking on the edge of the riverbank near the 'Beware of the crocodile' signs. If you see a snake, treat it as dangerous unless you know otherwise! Geckos are frequently seen catching insects on building walls and ceilings. Cicadas never stop their scratchy hum.
The parks elevation (ranging from 100 m to 1,350 m) provides a relief from the heat of the surrounding lowlands. Annual rainfall is 2,270 mm and there is a mean annual temperature of 27°C.
The climate is monsoonal and as in most areas in Thailand, the year is split into three seasons: hot, cool, and rainy.
Hot season March-April. The day temperatures can be a bit above the annual average, but it is still very pleasant due to the higher altitudes.
Rainy season May-October. You will find many days with rain. Average day temperatures are still high and humidity also increases.
Cool season November-February. During this time the day temperatures are pleasantly in the low twenties. Nights might require a sweater as temperatures will drop further.
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.
Khao Yai is along the way from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). The nearest town to the north entrance is Pak Chong, which can be reached either via train or buses running between Bangkok and Korat. From here taxis, songthaews or motorbike hire can take you onto Khao Yai. The south entrance is about 13 km north of Prachinburi- Head north on the roundabout on Rt 3077. A road runs through the length of the park from the Pak Chong side to the Prachin Buri side. The park is an easy drive from Bangkok.
Buses regularly leave from Bangkok's Mo Chit bus station to Pak Chong (terminating in Korat)- the journey takes about 3-4 hours and costs 150 baht each way (March 2014). Minibuses to Pak Chong can be caught from Bangkok's Victory Monument.
Nearly all trains from Bangkok to Korat/Ubon go via Pak Chong, however this is much slower than the bus. This route also goes via Ayutthaya, which is halfway between Pak Chong and Bangkok and about a 3 hour journey (53 Baht, 3rd class no aircon, March 2014). When disembarking at Pak Chong follow the road to the high street and turn left to get to the centre of town.
Pak Chong to Khao Yai:
A giant novelty giraffe sculpture marks the centre of Pak Chong. The bus 'station' and Songthaeows on to Khao Yai can be found on opposite sides of the road, while the train station is about 300 metres south of here (look for the sign for the Hotel Phubade). There is also a taxi rank.
A regular Songthaew services runs to the northern entrance of the park, you can ask to be dropped off at any point along the route. The journey take about 40 minutes (price 40 baht, April 2014) but they only drop you at the park entrance. The park does not have an internal public transport system so you will need to hitchhike 10 km to reach the park centre and accommodation. Traffic is frequent and anyone with space will give you a lift; pick-up trucks are the best bet as you can just jump in the back with minimum hassle. If using this method you will have to further rely on hitch hiking once within the park as many of the sites are spread out from one another (but this is less stressful that it sounds and an easy way to get around.)
If travelling independently, a motorcycle hired from Pak Chong or on the road to Khao Yai will grant you with more freedom than relying on hitchhiking and is probably preferable if your budget allows for it. One line of the road is a motorcycle line so even if you're not experienced with motorcycles it is a rather easy ride.
Automatic motorcycles are available at Honda (Google Maps coordinates 14.706668, 101.417039). The cost is 300 baht per day and two helmets are included. The staff speak good English. They rent out cars too at 1800 baht per day. The opening hours are
Mon-Fr full day (until 5-6pm)
Sat half day (until 12-1pm)
Sun 6.00 pm (bike returns only, no rental).
Remember if staying outside the park you will have to pay each time you enter.
- Adults: 40 baht (2015 fees)
- Adults: 400 baht (2015 fees). Note: In the past foreigners living in Thailand were able to enter for the Thai Residents fee if showing a Thai work permit, driving license or student card. However, from March 2015 these documents are no longer accepted, only a true Thai ID Card or Thai Passport allows one to enter for the Thai Resident fee.
- (Foreign) Children (under 14: 200 baht
- Bicycles: 10 baht
- Motorcycles: 30 baht
- Cars: 50 baht
The entry fee must be paid on each day that you enter the park. If you depart the park and return the same day, the entry fee does not have to be paid again.
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. Petrol is available at the guard house (“Patrol Guard” on the visitor centre's map) 500m south of the visitor centre. 40 baht per bottle.
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. If you do not have your own transport it is easy to hitchhike around the park, just wave down any approaching car or truck, most people are more than happy to take you if they have room.
There is a single road through the park from the Pak Chong side to the Nakhon Nayok (Prachin Buri) side. The road is sealed and in good condition throughout the 60 kilometre journey, though there are some winding stretches of road. There is a 60km/hour speed limit in the park, and there are numerous speed bumps to remind drivers to slow down. Animals (especially macaques) are likely to be encountered on the road, so caution is advisable at all times. There is limited fuel services in the park.
There are a number of lookout positions from where photographs of the scenery can be taken.
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. Swimming is not allowed at the falls. 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 flora also will be at its best.
- Haew Suwat Waterfall, (Follow the road past Lam Takong and Pha Khluaimai campsites.). A must-see for anyone visiting the park, this stunning waterfall was made famous in the film 'The Beach'. Further downstream the smaller but quieter Haew Sai falls can be reached (15 minute walk). The falls is also the trailhead for a number of walks. edit
Haew narok waterfall first tier
- Haew Narok falls, (A 25 minute drive south from the visitor centre.). The most spectacular of Khao Yai's waterfalls - the three tiered structure has a combined height of around 150 meters. The name supposedly translates as 'Sunken hole of hell' bestowed on it by poachers who could hear its foreboding rumble long before they could see it. The top of the falls have been surrounded by an 'elephant fence' since 1993 when seven elephants were swept over the falls when trying to rescue a calf. edit
- Pha Kluaymai falls, (on the trail between Haew Suwat falls and Pha Kluaumai campsite). Quieter than the other waterfalls it can only be reached by walking and is great for spotting wildlife edit
- Non Pak Chi watchtower, (5 minute drive north of the visitor centre, followed by a ten minute walk through grassland.). A tall tower that makes a great place to stake out the surrounding grasslands and saltlick. Look out for sambar, muntjac, boar and if lucky elephants or even gaur. It overlooks the Nong Pak Chi reservoir where lots of birds may also be seen. Best visited at dawn and dusk. edit
- Pha Diew Die viewpoint, (Following the main north-south road through the park, there is a turnoff about 200 metres south of the junction for the camping grounds and Haew Suwat falls, next to a park check point. The view point is a 20 minute (Scenic) drive from here.). These two spectacular viewpoints command stunning views of the park, the first is reached along a raised board walk that takes you to natural break in the trees, the second is directly next to the road at the furthest point you can drive to. edit
Charismatic megafauna comin' atcha!
The prime reason for coming to Khao Yai is to see the amazing wildlife and scenery. The best way to see this is by walking one of the many trails in the park - the easiest can be walked alone but many require hiring a guide as they are not clearly marked and it is easy to get lost.
- Go trekking. The park has some great hiking trails that suit a range of times and abilities - get a map from the visitor centre to see which ones are best for you. The easier trails can be walked alone, a great one to start with is the paved trail running from behind the visitor centre (across the suspension bridge) - the loop takes about 45 minutes. Another easy walk is along the river from Pha Kluamai Campsite to Haew Suwat falls (roughly 90 minutes) - as well as pilated gibbons this stretch of river is home to the 'Khao Yai Crocodile' the parks only known Siamese crocodile. It can be seen basking on the edge of the riverbank near the 'Beware of the crocodile' signs but do not worry Siamese crocs rarely attack people unless provoked! The 5 km trail from Mo Singto (start near the Sai Sorn Reservoir) to Nong Pak Chi watchtower is sign posted and so possible to walk alone but the route is not always clear. For the longer trails its best to hire a guide. These include a 4 hour walk from the visitor centre to Haew Suwat falls and a trek from Haew Suwat to the beautiful Khao Laem grasslands, amongst others. edit
- Watch gibbons. One of the main draws to the park are its two species of gibbon - the White-handed or Lar gibbon and the Pileated gibbon. These are best seen in the morning when they can be heard singing loud whale-like songs from dawn. A number of trails are open for tourists- some of which require a guide. Without a guide, the best chance of seeing Lar gibbons is to cross the suspension bridge at the visitor centre and follow the paved pathway around Kong Kaeo falls. The loop takes about 40 minutes to walk. With luck Lar gibbons can also be seen along the road between the visitor centre to the Ton Sai saltlick. A group can also be relatively easily seen on the paths around Wang Jumpee (scenic rapids). For Pileated gibbons, the easiest route is the well-marked trail from Pha Kluaymai campsite to Haew Suwat falls. This will take about 90 minutes. However, you may need to hitch hike or organise a pick-up to go back along the road to reach your starting point. There are many more chances to spot them on the longer hiking trails, but for these you should hire a guide from the visitor centre. edit
- Encounter elephants. It is thought that up to 400 elephants reside in the park! They are most easily seen in the grasslands around the many salt licks found within the park, with the best chances of seeing them at dawn or dusk. These salt licks can be seen at many points along the roadside or from Nong Pak Chi watch tower. You just have to be lucky. One of the best chances of seeing them is to take a night safari (organised through the visitor centre). edit
- Go birding. The park is a bird watchers paradise with many chances to see rare and colourful species. There are many great locations! edit
- Bat caves, (Drive about 3 km to the north of the Pak Chong entrance gate and take a small track on the left-hand side just past a temple. A few hundred metres up here take a right-hand turn and follow the track to the end. Another cave can be found 6 km north of the park.). There are two caves near the northern entrance of Khao Yai from which thousands of wrinkle-lipped bats exit at dusk (Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave and another cave). Please do not enter the caves. You will disturb the bats. Best not to use flash photography as this can disturb them. Both caves can be hard to find alone and are best reached via one of the many organised tours. edit
- Go on a night safari. Take a night time jeep safari spotting wildlife - expect to see sambar deer, barking deer, porcupines and civets. Elephants are also seen quite frequently. Bookings can be made directly at the visitor centre in the park or via most nearby hotels. edit
- Gaur Watching at Khao Phaengma, (Around 20 km from Wang Nam Khiao, on Road 2072, one arrives at Klong Prakang in Khao Phaengma district. A turn to the left leads to a Khao Yai National Park Conservation Unit.). On the northeastern side of the park it is possible to climb the watch tower at Khao Phaengma, a great place for spotting gaur. However, note that this is a separate part of the park in Wang Nam Khiao District. edit
Go on an organised tour:
- Khao Yai Wildlife Tours (Tontan Travel), 30150 Nakhon Ratchasima, ([email protected]), . These wildlife watching tours in Khao Yai national park are a great way to discover the wildlife of Khao Yai ranging from Asian elephants to pig-tailed macaques and white-handed gibbons to real flying dragons. Accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking guide you will wander around in the lush jungle in search for wildlife you might overlook when you're on your own and visit the major waterfalls. After sunset you will go out for a spotlighting drive in search for the nocturnal wildlife (your best chance to see wild elephants); a rewarding and exciting experience. 1- to 4-day tours focused on wildlife, birdwatching, herping, and tours focusing on nature photography are available. edit
- Khao Yai Jungles and Waterfalls (Rickshaw Travel), ☎ 01273 322 399, . Two-day trip of this natural jungle which is home to wild elephants, tigers, bears, porcupines, gibbons, snakes and parrots. The first day is a sunset trip into the spooky bat caves to see thousands of the creatures waking up for the night. The next day your guide will take you in search of tropical wildlife, stopping at the waterfall. At the end of the day, you can relax with a swim and a herbal sauna back at your jungle bungalow resort. edit
- Greenleaf Guesthouse & Tour, 52 Moo 6 Thanarat Road (km 7.5), Pak Chong (free pick-up from Pak Chong bus or train station), . They offer a half-day (500 baht) and a full-day (1,300 baht) tour (1,500 baht if you take both). During the half-day tour, which starts at 3 pm, you will go swimming in a beautiful natural spring, visit a cave under a buddhist temple and watch 2 mio. bats flying out at sunset. The day tour takes you into the national park, where you will go looking for wildlife both with the pick-up truck and on foot during an easy 3 hours walk on hidden jungle tracks. The guides speak English well and are very skilled at spotting even the smallest animals of which they will take nice pictures for you with your own camera through their telescope. Lunch, water and fresh fruits as well as stops at the waterfall and at a look-out point are also included in the price. You do not have to stay at their guesthouse to join the tour. Even provide socks to ward of the (many) leeches. edit
Within the visitor centre there is a well-stocked souvenir shop offering typical tourists wares, such as bags, t-shirts, and most important, leech-socks to wear while you're hiking in the jungle to prevent these creatures getting under your clothes and attaching to your skin. Another smaller souvenir shop can be found on at the junction for the camping grounds (beneath a water-tower).
Opposite to the visitor centre, the 'Khao Yai Welfare' store can be found - a small food store offering drinks, snacks and noodles.
Within the park
There are number of cafe-type food stands throughout the park although their opening hours are in-consistent; so you need just as much luck as you need for spotting wildlife.
The park centre is the primary place to eat with something usually open even out of season. Opposite the visitor centre there are a number of food stands overlooking the river offering meals for about 50 baht and a restaurant where visitors can order a variety of Thai dishes. The restaurant has an english menu and makes food fresh. The 'Khao Yai Welfare' store has drinks, snacks and noodles available. On quiet days your options may be more limited, you should get there before 18:00 or risk going hungry.
There's an eating area at the Lam Tha Kong camping ground open from ~8:00-~16:00. The adjoining snack and sundries shop is open ~7:00-~17:00. They will stay open somewhat later if there are customers. There is a restaurant building at the far western end of the Pha Kluay Mai camp, only open during busy periods.
Restaurants with small shops can also be found at Haew Suwat and Haew Narok falls, but again they may shut early during quiet periods.
Outside the park
The area surrounding the park's northern entrance is the midst of a development boom and if you have your own transport there are many restaurants and shops to suit all budgets and tastes. A small Tesco Lotus and 711 are found 3 km from the entrance on the way to Pak Chong; between these two stores a market operates in the afternoons.
Outside the park on Thanarat road there are a smattering of food options. For local cuisine with a number of english speaking staff, the place to go is Krua Khao Yai located up Thanarat Rd 13.5km (Opposite the Chocolate Factory). They are famous for their smoked ribs. Service is extremely busy during holidays.
Another is near Greenleaf Guesthouse called Nina's, (on Thanarat Road, up the road about 1 km from Greenleef Guesthouse, right by the dairy). Nina's is an air-conditioned restaurant with coffee and western desserts as well as great traditional Thai dishes. The lady speaks good English, as she spent two years in the U.S. getting her MBA. Not cheap at all, but a nice meal. 200 baht. edit
There are no bars within the park and most eating areas shut early. Outside the park near the northern entrance there are number of places you can buy drinks.
There are many sleeping option both within and outside the park.
- Camping, (from the visitor's center hitchhike to Lam Takong or Pha Kluaymai which are both on the way to Haew Suwat (waterfall), the most popular destination for Thais in the northern half of the park. Alternatively you can bring your own transportation into the park (take the main road until you see the large signs for either camp), or hike 3km east to the first camp on a road closed to vehicles that starts from the Sai Sorn reservoir which is .5km south of the visitor's center). At both camps tents can be rented for 150 or 225 Baht (for 2 or 4 people respectively) along with pillows, sleeping pads and a few other things. For a good night's sleep get more than you think you'll need as the camping equipment does not remotely match up to western standards: a 2 person tent sleeps 2 comfortably without backpacks, a blanket won't cover your whole body, and the sleeping pads are much less insulating than a thermarest. Make sure to keep your food well-guarded while awake and don't keep food in your tent overnight. At the camps there are Macaques, porcupines, and other wildlife that will get after your food. Cold showers and electricity available. edit
- Cabins/Bungalows/Dorms, ☎ +66 2562 0760 ([email protected]), . There are various indoor accomodations available in the park. These are frequently booked by touring agencies but you can book them directly through the DNP Khao Yai website or via phone. After doing this you need to pay either in person at their bank or wire money to their account and email them (directions are available at their booking website). Of course you can also arrive in person and hope that they have something left. If they aren't sold out they sometimes offer their 2-person 800 Baht bungalows for 540, which is about how much you'll pay for camping including rentals for 2 people. They have information on accommodation at the visitor's center. Even if there is a "All rooms occupied" sign at the counter, ask the staff if there are any cabins available. Zone 3, located about 3 km from the visitor centre, houses a youth dormitory and 10 cabins (two beds and ensuite bathroom) from 301/1 to 301/10. Some cabins may be available. They cost 800 baht (during the week –30% discount = 560 baht). These cabins are not listed on the website. For dorms ask for the Youth Hostel (but these appear to be primarily for tour groups). To check the cabin availability, go to http://nps.dnp.go.th/reservation.php?option=home . Click on the UK flag top right and Reservation > Available calendar. edit
Many tour agencies provide accomodation within the park including:
- Tontan Travel, ([email protected]), . Offers tours including overnight stays in cabins or tents. Both the cabins and the camping grounds are located within Khao Yai National Park. The cabins are basic, rooms with separate beds (hard mattresses), an attached bathroom, toilet & warm shower, blankets, pillows (electricity available). The other possibility is camping (see above). edit
Outside the park:
- Baan Saranya Lodge & Restaurant Khao Yai, 298 Moo 2 Pak Chong, Thanarad Rd, km13.5, Muu Si (In Muu Si, the last village before the park entrance, along Thanarad, the main road access to the park), ☎ +66 44 297597 ([email protected]), . Clean bungalows with air-con, hot shower & TV. A nice setting with good looking bungalows, restaurant & bar, and nice Thai family owners. 800-1,200. edit
- Bobbys Apartments and Jungle Tours, 291/6 Moo 18 Mittapab Rd., Pakchong, ☎ +66 44 328177 ([email protected]), . Pronounced "Bo bees." An outpost for tourists and the occasional North American. Run by a Brit and a German and their Thai girlfriends. edit
- Greenery Resort, . 3,600-8,000 baht. edit
- Greenleaf Guesthouse, ☎ +66 86 2523238 ([email protected]), . Just outside Pak Chong. Everyday, park tours are organised. Clean, basic double rooms with fan. The people are lovely and the tours are great. 300 baht. edit
- The Jungle House, near the park entrance. 215 Moo 5 Thanarat Rd, km19.5 Muu Si (on the left of the main road after the village of Mu Si, with a large sign that's hard to miss.), ☎ +66 44 297183 ([email protected]), . Consists of a number of bungalows spread over a wide area of jungle, creating a tranquil atmosphere. Bungalows have air-con, hot water, TV, and refrigerator. Activities include elephant riding and rock wall climbing. edit
- Moon River Resort, Khao Yai Rd (Prachinburi (7 km north of roundabout on Rt 3077)), ☎ +66 81 1606332, . checkout: 12:00. Located 2.8 km south of the south entrance of Khao Yai. Bungalows (air-con, fan, TV), pool, restaurant. Relaxing and nice ambiance. Pickup service from Prachinburi. 350-1,700 baht. edit
- Payboon Apartments, Pak Chong (ask for directions to Charlize Bar. Payboon Apartments is on the right side of the road before you get there unfortunately the sign is ONLY in Thai. Turn right off the main road just after two nice big open air restaurants and opposite to a hill side temple on the left (it is high up so you may miss this)), ☎ +66 44 316692. You can call and they will pick you up> Ask to talk to Katoo as he can speak some English. The rooms are spic and span with good showers. The family that runs it are very nice and helpful. Breakfast in the garden is 50 baht per person and is coffee, tea or chocolate, bread, egg, and sausage and fruit. Or you can have rice soup. 350 baht for a room with a fan and 650 baht for a room with air conditioning. edit
- Sak Phu Duen Hotel, . In the heart of Khao Yai. Facilities include a restaurant and pool. Cost ~1,200 per night for a double room. edit
- Samanea Resort, ☎ +66 (0)83-723-7774 ([email protected]), . Located just outside the park on a small hill with a great view of Khao Yai. A nearby ranger station allows access to the park. Trekking trails with ranger) are accessible to Pong Ta Long and Manao Yak waterfalls and a nearby wildlife watchtower. All Bungalows 1.500 – 2.500 THB edit
- At Home Hostel, 27 Soi 1 Tedsabarn 16 Rd., Pak Chong (27 Soi 1 Tedsabarn 16 Rd., Pak Chong), ☎ +66814906601 ([email protected]), . checkin: 1 pm; checkout: 11 am. Located in Pak Chong center area, AT HOME hostel surrounds with the night market, bus and van(minibus) stations, a train station, and many good local restaurants. Free WiFi throughout the property. Every room has Air-Con. Every restroom has hot shower with free soap and shampoo. Motorbikes rental services, private tours to Khao Yai national park or even group tour with well-known companies, they can provide some advices and a lot of Khao Yai national park's tips. Also, all Pak Chong transportation schedules are in their hands. 280-870. edit
- Rafting at Kaeng Hin Phoeng
On the South-eastern side of the park it is possible to rafting, best between July and October when the water is higher.
Thanarat Road Km. 19.5, 215 Moo 5 Thanarat Roed Km.19.5 Pakchong. tel. 0 4429 7183.. Near the northern entrance of the park it is possible to raft on the Lam Takhong river. It is possible to take elephant rides with the same organiser (The Jungle House resort).