Khao Yai National Park

Best opportunity to look for wild animals in a Thai jungle

Khao Yai National Park shows how wild Thailand can be. Here you can hike and camp in the jungle, where you have a reasonable chance of seeing wildlife. The local name of the natural park is Tambon Khao Yai. This is Thailand's first national park, which was established in 1962. It is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This nature reserve is a large rainforest in the Sankamphaeng Mountains. It is certainly not a standard tourist destination. But that's why it's extra special. You can book an organised day trip accompanied by an experienced guide so that you don't miss out on the most beautiful places.

Khao Yai National Park is nature and wildlife at its best. You can enjoy hiking in the rainforest, swimming at waterfalls and spotting animals.

You can also visit the park fairly easily by yourself. And look for all the attractions. These are the sights of Khao Yai National Park, with some special excursions.

Wildlife of Khao Yai National Park

A large Asian elephant in Khao Yai National Park.

There are many animals in the national park such as the Asian elephant, the Asian black bear, various species of deer and as well as various species of monkeys, including macaques and gibbons. But also the rare Asian wild dog and many more animal species.

Honestly, you won't see too many animals. However,  wild elephants are spotted fairly often. I've seen them on my visit to Khao Yai National Park. And that remains a unique sighting. Sambar deer can be encountered in various places. They're usually not too shy and can be seen mainly at the campsite.

A group of Asian wild dogs in Khao Yai National Park.

Camping in Khao Yai National Park

You can camp in the park. This will give you a chance to go out in the early morning to spot wild animals. A trekking (approx. 50 km of hiking trails) combined with camping is a popular way to explore the park.

Waterfall Haew Suwat

Haew Suwat waterfall in Khao Yai National Park.

The park has many waterfalls of which the Haew Suwat is really the most beautiful. You can partially walk around the waterfall and a cave. It can get crowded, so avoid the weekends.

Best time for Khao Yai National Park

The best time for hiking enthusiasts is between November and February when it is a lot cooler and more pleasant to walk. If you go especially for the waterfalls, the best travel time for you is from May to October.

Locals like to visit the park as a change from the busy cities, so avoid the crowds on weekends and around the holidays if possible.

How do I get to Khao Yai?

Khao Yai National Park is 75 miles from Bangkok and is easily accessible, both by private and public transport.