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Published/Last edited or updated: 18th September, 2016
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.
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.
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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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