Khao Yai National Park Nakhon Ratchasima ,Thailand
Khao Yai is a national park full of jungle, wild animals & waterfalls. You can trek through the dense jungle and might get a chance to see wild animals and bird singing through the trekking route. There are many waterfalls in Khao Yai National Park area such as Haew Suwat Waterfall, Haew Narok Waterfall and Chet Sao Noi Waterfall.
Khao Yai National Park is the third largest in Thailand, which is established in 1962. Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest and most reserved national parks. This 2,000 square kilometer biological wonderland contains more than 70 species of mammals including elephants, tigers, gibbons, leopards and Malaysian sun bears, as well as 320 different varieties of birds.
Khao Yai was declared a national heritage site by The Association of Southeast Asian Nations. In 2000, the Thai government launched the Khao Yai Conservation Project to help protect this area for the enjoyment of future generations.
When is Good to Visit?
Khao yai has three main seasons as another part of Thailand (Rainy: May –Oct, Cold: Nov – Feb, Hot: Mar-Apr). The average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius during the day which make it a pleasant place to visit, especially for Bangkok people who come to the park and nearby area for good Ozone.
Wild Life & Forest
Khao Yai is home to variety animals. Elephants, Tiger, gibbon, pig-tailed macaque and sambar deer are live here. Once in a while you may find them walk on the street. The park has a diverse plant community comprised of five main vegetation types. Snakes and lizards usually make their presence known by a rustle in the undergrowth as you are walking. If you see a snake, treat it as dangerous unless you know otherwise!! Geckos are frequently seen catching insects on building walls and ceilings. Cicadas never stop their scratchy hum. Look up and down and from side to side to spot the real movers and shakers in the forest – the insects and invertebrates.
Khao Yai has various kinds of birds over 320 species. For starter person, it may hard to identify its type. Patience is needed, good binoculars and a bird guide help. Roadsides, the old golf course, grasslands and the watching towers are good places to start your observation. Hornbills are easy to spot and hear its loud sound. The Great Hornbill has a sound “gok gok” which usually seeing pairs or alone.
Now we’re gonna show you MUST visit destination if you ever happen to be in Khao Yai.
Top 10 Attractions Around Khao Yai
1. Palio Village
An Italian-style building located near Khao Yai National Park . It has more than 100 stores and restaurant for you to shop and walk around. It is also good for those who love to take pictures because every corner of this place is incredibly beautiful.
Location: Thanarat Road, Mu Si, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, 30130
2. Farm Chokchai
This is a home to over 3,000 cows, sheep’s, rabbits, ostriches and horses. There are plenty of things for you to do and watch here such as bull show, gun spinning show, horse riding, ATVs and much more waiting for you to come and try!
Location: 159-160 Moo 2 Friendship Highway, Pak Chong
3. Scenical World
This is the new landmark of Khao Yai. The largest themed park and water park in the North East region of Thailand. This place is suitable for visitors of all ages, they have a plenty of activities for you to join like, Life Park, where you can enjoy the rides, or refresh yourself in Splash World and end your day at Greenery Park Mall.
Location: 188/1 Thanarat Road, Moo See, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima
4. The Bonanza Exotic Zoo
This place contains over 50 types of exotic and awesome animals that come from all over the world. Apart from seeing it you can get to feed it too! Plus, the zoo itself is easy to explore and walk around.
Location: 236 Tanarat Road Tambon Khao Yai, Chang Wat, Phetchaburi
5. Midwinter Green
Getting a little hungry? We recommend you to stop at this place. This is a family friendly restaurant situated in one of the most romantic spots in Thailand featuring international and Thai cuisine with local and organic ingredients. At Midwinter Green, they offer farm to table dishes grown in their backyard. The bakery and pastry are made fresh every day from their own kitchen.
Location: 88/88 Moo 10, Thanarach Road, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong
6. The Hobbit Resort (Baan Suan Noi Resort)
This is definitely a MUST visit place for “The Lord of The Ring” fans. Isn’t it your dream to live in a Hobbit house, put on fancy dress and pretending to be one of them? Each of the buildings is built and decorated according to the Hobbit culture in the film. It is suitable for anyone, you’ll find both convenience and cool activities to do while you stay here.
Location: 292 Moo 15 Tambon Lat Bua Sikhio, Nakhon Ratchasima 30340
7. GranMonte Vineyard and Winery
GranMonte is a winery that is popular because of its taste and breathtaking view of vineyards that covers the area of approximately 100 Rai. They have many species of grapes that you can eat it fresh or turn them in to the wines. Other than that, they also own a souvenir shop that sells various products from grapes such as wines, jam and other bakeries.
Location: 52 Moo 9 Phayayen, Pakchong, Nakornrachasima, Thailand 30320
8. Chocolate Factory
This is an Italian restaurant and chocolate shop decorated in a half of factory, but in “cozy modern” concept. The building made from glass, which open views to see all sides. It is a beautiful place to take your family or special person to enjoy the wonderful dinner in a wonderful night while admire the beautiful landscapes of Khao Yai. If you’re interested in making chocolate they also have Chocolate workshop every weekend, which date and time is set by the shop.
Location: Thanarat Rd. Khaoyai 352 Moo 2 Thanarat Rd. T. Musee Pakchong Nakhon Ratchasima 30130
9. Bats Cave of Khao Yai National Park (Tour)
What you will see here is a million of Bats leaving their cave to go and hunt, the cave is located up on the hillside. First, they come out a few at a time, but then quickly formed into a giant thick ribbon swirling around the sky. The tour usually starts one hour before sunset and only last for 30 minutes before its start to get dark.
10. The Bloom by TV Pool
The Bloom claimed to be the largest garden in Thailand with an area of over 100 acres. They have over 30 species of flowers, definitely a lovely destination for you to visit. This place contains a variety of beautiful and colorful blooming flowers waiting for you to come and take a cool picture with.
Location: 357 Moo 5 Tambon Prayayen Amphur Pakchong, Khao Yai National Park, Khao Yai, Thailand 30320