For nature lovers, UNESCO-listed Khao Yai national park is one of Asia's best. Spanning some 2,168 square kilometres over three provinces, Thailand's grandest and oldest national park is home to thriving communities of plants and wildlife along with stunning jungle, mountains and waterfalls, all accessible from a sizable network of roads, hiking trails, cabins and ... Read more about How to do Khao Yai National Park .
Located at the end of the road that cuts east near the campgrounds, The waters of Haew Suwat drop straight off a 20 metre cliff into a large pool ringed by jungle, and although not the park's tallest the falls are breathtaking to behold. The site was made famous by a scene in the Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach, that was filmed here. While jumping off the cliff like Leo is strictly prohibited, ... Read more about Waterfalls in Khao Yai .
Aside from the superstars -- tigers, leopards, Siamese cobras, reticulated pythons, green tree vipers, and Thailand's largest herd of wild elephants -- Khao Yai is also the stomping grounds of barking deer, a few different species of gibbon, Asiatic black bears, giant porcupines and monitor lizards among many others. It is also one of Asia's premier bird-watching destinations with some 300 ... Read more about Wildlife in Khao Yai .
In Thai, the term diao dai refers to being alone or solitary, and at 900 metres high, overlooking the highest peaks and pristine jungle of Khao Yai's remote east, the viewpoint is indeed an optimal place to sit and reflect. From the road the park has built an easily accessible, 300 metre long stair and pathway to the viewpoint, and once you get there the view opens up from a wide, natural ... Read more about Viewpoints in Khao Yai .
Many of the more frequented waterfalls require a km or two hike on well marked and maintained trails, which are good for getting a taste of jungle hiking without committing to a serious trek. Another good option is the Kong Kaew trail, which starts behind the Visitor Centre and runs about three kilometres with periodic signs providing information on the park's flora and fauna. This trail also ... Read more about Hiking and trekking in Khao Yai .
It’s not quite up there with Tuscany, Bordeaux or Napa, but Thailand’s Khao Yai wine region (aka “Asoke Valley”) in the cool air of Muak Lek near Khao Yai national park offers some refined varietals from a handful of vineyards peppered among family farms, country roads, green hills and fields of sunflowers. Most foreign travellers are unaware of its existence, but if you enjoy wine ... Read more about The Khao Yai farm and wine trail .
When seeking mountains in Thailand, most automatically head for distant northern destinations like Chiang Rai and Pai, but many are unaware of just how stunning the Khao Yai mountains northeast of Bangkok actually are. Not limited within the borders of Khao Yai national park alone, this vast region boasts some jaw-dropping scenery, which we enjoyed on a drive from the national park’s northern ... Read more about A drive from Khao Yai to Wang Nam Kiew .