Waterfall, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Waterfall, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Waterfall, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand


Taken on: 1st February, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

Read more about Khao Yai National Park

In Thai, khao yai means "big mountain", and indeed Khao Yai is one of Thailand's largest, most popular, and grandest national parks.

Also Thailand's first officially protected national park (it was established in 1962) and both an ASEAN Heritage Park and UNESCO natural heritage site, Khao Yai spans some 2,168 square kilometres spread over parts of Nakhon Ratchasima, Saraburi, Prachinburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces.

The park's vast territory is home to some of Thailand's last remaining wild tigers, leopards, gibbons, exotic snakes and elephants. It is also a very popular destination with bird watchers as it hosts over 300 species of birds.

As its name would suggest, the park is relatively high up in the mountains with its highest peak -- Khao Rom -- reaching over 1,350 metres. The park has five vegetation zones from grassy plains to evergreen rainforest, and it can get quite cool in the higher altitudes.

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