Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is situated in the Sankambeng Mountain Range, the southern prolongation of the Dong Phaya Yen Mountains, at the southwestern boundary of the Khorat Plateau. The park is the second largest in Thailand.

Many nature lovers in Bangkok are often looking for a place to relax that’s not too far from the city. Khao Yai is always a favourite for those who are truly in need of a place where they can really get back to nature. The main reason is its relatively close proximity to the city.

Since being declared Thailand’s first national park in 1962, Khao Yai has been a very popular attraction. People go there for various outdoor activities ranging from education, camping, trekking, wildlife watching, bird watching, mountain biking and even river rafting.

Access by road is easy and as you approach the park both sides of the road are lined with restaurants, mini-marts, guesthouses, resorts, lodges and golf courses. It may be that there are too many people coming here and the forest is in danger of being destroyed.

The destruction of Khao Yai has been so heavy at times that in 1992 the government of Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun ordered the park to be closed for reforestation purposes. Some hotels and resorts as well as golf courses were scrapped as a result.

After a while, Khao Yai was reopened and welcomes tourists again.

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