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How to do Khao Yai National Park

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Khao Yai National Park rewards travellers who come prepared. On the flip side, it can be extremely frustrating for those who show up expecting easy public transport and a go-to strip of guesthouses and tour offices like you’ll find down in Khao Sok. Read on to get a logistical leg up on “Big Mountain” before you arrive.





When and how long to visit Khao Yai vies with Erawan as Thailand’s most heavily visited national park and the crowds get larger every year. Go for a weekday visit if possible and avoid Thai holidays at all cost, especially in the December-January peak season.

It's a jungle out there. Photo taken in or around How to do Khao Yai National Park, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

It's a jungle out there. Photo: David Luekens

The best time to visit might just be the June to October rainy season, when the forests thrive, crowds are thin, waterfalls are most impressive and wildlife most active. If you get a sunny day during rainy season (not as unusual as you may think), you’ll see Khao Yai at its best. The cool season from November to February is best if you plan to do extensive hiking. Waterfalls dry up and the jungle wilts during the hot months of March and April, but this time is great for bird watching.

All of the park’s highlights can be hit in a single day and some visitors make it a day trip from Bangkok, which we do not recommend. Plan on a solid three-day stay if you want to camp, hike and hopefully spot some wildlife. With your own vehicle you could easily lose a week exploring the park and surrounding region.

Jungle versus grass. Photo taken in or around How to do Khao Yai National Park, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

Jungle versus grass. Photo: David Luekens

Approaching the park The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no public transport operating inside Khao Yai National Park.

Unless you have a private vehicle and want to enter through the little-used southern gate, you’ll want to approach the park via the northern gateway of Pak Chong with its train, bus and minibus connections to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Khorat and several other places. Just don’t expect to show up and find English-speaking travel agents ready to take ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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