Discovery >

Wildlife and a World-Known Waterfall in Khao Yai National Park

March 3, 2015 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , ,

Located a convenient 3-hour drive from Bangkok, Khao Yai National Park is a beautiful sanctuary to a diverse collection of wildlife including a healthy population of about 200 wild elephants and a bird watching paradise. It is the oldest of the national parks in Thailand and part of a large forest complex declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


Often incorporated into a tour of Khao Yai is a visit to a Buddhist cave temple inhabited by a population of wrinkle-lipped bats. Just before sunset each evening, a swarm of thousands of bats streams out of the cave opening like a huge black snake slithering into the sky. The bats are off to their daily meal—a biological method of controlling the insect population.

A hike in the forest is the best way to explore Khao Yai to search for gibbons, monkeys and the majestic great hornbills. Hikers may also be walking in the footsteps of wild elephants. The forest guide will be quietly watching for evidence of elephant activity as well as staying in contact with the national park rangers to avoid a close encounter with an unpredictable wild animal! Elephant sightings are quite common along the scenic roads that pass through the park. There are also areas of dry grassland and salt licks increase the chance to spot elephants and other wildlife.

Khao Yai National Park is also famous for Haew Suwat, a beautiful 25m waterfall famous as the place where Leonardo DiCaprio took a running jump while filming the movie “The Beach.”

This national park is a short trip from Bangkok and there are several choices of accommodation to suit all tastes. A visit to Khao Yai also compliments a trip to Ayutthaya, the historic ancient capital of Siam. Khao Yai National Park can be a stop off on the way farther east from Bangkok into the Issan region of northeast Thailand. Outside the city of Nakon Ratchasima (Korat for short) there is a collection of Khmer era temples at Phimai Historical Park.

For more information about Khao Yai National Park and booking requests, please leave your contact information in the space below.

Photo 2 by tontantravel

Latest post

From English Teacher to Tourism Icon

Nearly 40 years ago, when some of the first foreigners began traveling to the Indonesian Island of Lombok, a local English teacher was their first contact; today Mr Radiah is still welcoming visitors.

Read More

Hike, Forage, Cook and Plunge at Kuang Si Waterfall

Looking for a fun hiking tour where collecting and catching your own food is involved? Then this one’s for you. Our newest tour leads you through the forests near Kuang Si Waterfall. After about 90 minutes of hiking, you arrive at a scenic spot near a river, where you can learn how the locals catch fish.

Read More

Responsible Tourism in Vietnam

Vietnam is getting more and more popular amongst tourists. This is a good development for the country’s economy, but at the same time increases the risk of adversely disturbing the daily life of the average Vietnamese.

Read More

Myanmar Elected: Mr. San Htwee Aung

In this weekly series counting down to the Myanmar General Election on November 8, we meet San Htwee Aung who informs us that the remote temples of Mrauk U see an increase in tourism arrivals to the advantage of his community..

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter

Our B2B newsletters are for industry professionals




    *We’ll never share your email address and you can opt out at any time.