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    Activities and Adventures at Khao Yai National Park
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    Khao Yai National Park was Thailand's first park as it was established in 1962. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and its wildlife is impressive. The park is the 3rd largest in Thailand and it mainly inhabits the eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima but extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi, and Nakhon Nayok provinces. Below, we have the best things to do and see in the park, which promises an awesome adventure for nature-lovers.

    Khao Yai is a hiking-lover’s dream as more than 50 kms of hiking trails go through the park. Hikers can cross over grasslands, jungles, and up to waterfalls. The park actively promotes 6 of those trails as being the safest to go on, although more experienced hikers can try them all. Moreover, the trails’ variety is something that benefits hikers as they can choose from a 1.2 kms bird-watching trek or a 3.3 kms trek that leads to the Nong Pak Chi observation. At Nong Pak, visitors will find that it is the best place to spot elephants in the wild in the early morning or late afternoon. Furthermore, the 8 kms, 5 hour long trek to the Haew Suwat waterfall is the ultimate experience that requires a park ranger guide.

    Wildlife Watching
    Khao Yai’s wildlife is why so many people choose to visit as over 70 mammal species can be found within the park. Thus, such things as pig-tailed macaques, Asian black bears and sun bears, water monitors, clouded leopards, king cobras, pythons, and many colourful birds can all be seen. Wild elephants are, perhaps, the most popular thing to try to see, as the park is known for being one of the best places to find them. About 300 elephants call the park their home. Additionally, visitors can hire a guide that will take them to the areas in which the elephants congregate the most. Moreover, wild animals can be seen from the Nong Pak Chi tower during the morning and evening. However, hiking through the jungle remains the best option for bird-watching as the park is home to 4 species of hornbills, pelicans, banded kingfisher, and others.

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    Haew Narok and Haew Suwat Waterfalls

    A Khao Yai visit certainly won’t be complete unless you witness its waterfalls’ ultimate beauty. Thus, Haew Narok is the most popular choice as it is the highest waterfall in the park. Here, elephants can often be seen as they love the area. Additionally, Haew Suwat is another waterfall that film buffs love as it was featured in the movie The Beach. Nam Tok Pa Kluai, is also a beautiful waterfall as it is known for its colourful orchids that surround the rocks. Moreover, Nam Tok Haeo Prathun and Nam Tok Haeo Sai are also gorgeous waterfalls although on a smaller scale.

    Night Safaris
    For those who truly want to experience wildlife at night, a night safari is the way to go as it offers the best chance of seeing nocturnal animals. Thus, jumping into the back of park rangers’ pickup trucks is an exciting adventure in the search for wildlife. Moreover, those who decide to do a night safari will enjoy the deer, spotted civets, snakes and more. Thus, for travellers who may be afraid of the eerily quiet and dark jungle, this may be the excursion that will conquer your fears. Furthermore, seeing exotic nightlife will definitely make your trip more memorable. Night safaris start at 7 or 8 pm and last for about an hour.

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    Khao Laem and Khao Khiau Viewpoints
    Visitors can hike to several peaks for a great view and wonderful photo opportunity. Thus, climbing Khao Laem is the most popular choice as it features the highest mountains. Thus, it’s 1,328 metre high peak features amazing sights. And, for a bit higher peak, travellers can climb to the Khao Khiau or Green Mountain for a beautiful view at 1,350 metres. Both peaks can also be climbed during a day tour. However, visitors need not worry about not being able to make the climb as they are marked according to their difficulty levels. Moreover, certain mountains can only be climbed with a guide, as safety is definitely kept in mind.

    Ban Tha Chang Springs
    Located at the Lam Takong River, Ban Tha Chang Spring makes up a small portion of the river. However, experiencing this beautiful, natural spring will surely be an exotic and unique experience. The waters are crystal clear and turquoise in colour. Set aside an afternoon and take a refreshing dip into the spring while letting your worries float away with the calm waters. The spring is located nine kilometres from the northern entrance of Khao Yai National Park.

    Khorat Geo Park
    Khorat Geopark features huge windmills and a gorgeous backdrop of blue skies. The new park offers a bit of modernity within the national atmosphere of Khao Yai. Aside from the windmills, visitors can explore the surrounding mountains and valleys by renting a buggy or bike or simply walking around on the huge water reservoir.

    Pak Chong Night Market
    ​As with all of Thailand’s night markets, spicy foods, fresh fruit shakes, and delicious, local desserts make Pak Chong Night Market the best place to stop for dinner. And, as the market is located in eastern Thailand, there will surely be Isaan-style cuisines ready to set your mouth on fire with explosive tastes and spiciness.

    Rai Maneesorn
    Get your cameras ready when you arrive at this endless field of sunflowers. The field of flowers is Khao Yai’s largest and it doesn’t disappoint. Make sure to do a bit of research about the best time to visit. January is when the flowers are in full bloom, so it is best to plan a trip to the fields around then. Khao Yai offers many exciting things to do and see. These are just a few noteworthy excursions around the area that have consistently promised a great experience for many.