While it really merits a longer stay, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand's first national park and model for all its other parks, can be done as a long day trip as well. You'll need a rental car to do... Read More
While it really merits a longer stay, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand's first national park and model for all its other parks, can be done as a long day trip as well. You'll need a rental car to do it justice, as it takes almost three hours to drive into the park from Bangkok, and there isn't any good public transport once inside the park, but self-drives are an excellent way to go, as the long road that snakes through the park has good photo viewpoints, not to mention it is the best way to possibly spot herds of wild elephants. Other major animals you'll most likely see include hornbills, gibbons, macaques, and if you are there in the rainy season, plenty of leeches! In addition to hiking trails and wildlife, there are several beautiful waterfalls, including Haew Sewat, a double falls that was made famous by the movie The Beach. There are also tour companies along the main road into the park that have expert birders and other wildlife guides offering day trips.
- Day Tours: "There are several entrance gates to enter Khao Yai, with the north entrance on the road from Pak Chong being the one most tour groups use, but if you are driving from Bangkok, the southern gate near Prachinburi is much closer."
- Best for Day Tours Because: For Thailand's premier national park, Khao Yai is simply the best.