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Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bangkok: Khao Yai National Park Full-Day Tour

1. Bangkok: Khao Yai National Park Full-Day Tour

Start your adventure with an early pickup before beginning the 3-hour journey north-east. You’ll have a quick stop at the famous The Birder’s Lodge to grab some coffee before arriving at Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai Naitional Park is one of the largest national parks in Thailand and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll head down one of the many nature trails, admiring the local flora and fauna. As one of the oldest national parks in the country, you’ll find all kinds of animals living in the area, from mammals and reptiles to birds and insects. If you’re really lucky, you may just spot a herd of wild elephants nearby. After lunch, you’ll trek to Haew Suwat Waterfall and Haew Narok Waterfall, two of the park’s most picturesque bodies of water. Marvel at the majestic cascades, snap photos of the lush scenery, and take a quick respite before making your way back to Bangkok.

Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking Day Trip From Bangkok

2. Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking Day Trip From Bangkok

After hotel pick-up in the early hours, head to the first stop on the trek at the Kilometer 30 viewing point at Thanarat Road. Capture the scenery of the Northern part of Khao Yai National Park, great for photo opportunities. Trek onward to Kilometer 33, known as Nong Park Chi to the locals. Walk for around 2 hours, passing an observation tower and many different species of wildlife. There is a salt lick close to the tower to attract wildlife, along with a lake, open grassland and forest. Savor a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to the Khao Yai National Park Visitor Center in the park headquarters, a useful starting point for visitors with information and interpretive facilities to enhance your appreciation of the park. See exhibits on the natural environment and wildlife of Khao Yai, and get information about day hiking trails. Finally, stop at the splendid Haew Suwat Waterfall, with plenty of shady tree spots to sit under and many large rocks to lie down on and relax. This stunning waterfall was made famous in The Beach, but is unfortunately off limits to swim in. After your full day trekking in the forest, transfer back to Bangkok at approximately 6:00 PM.

Khao Yai National Park: 2-Day Private Tour from Bangkok

3. Khao Yai National Park: 2-Day Private Tour from Bangkok

DAY 1: Around 9:00 AM on day 1 your private driver will meet you at your hotel in Bangkok and take you to Khao Yai National Park. The first stop that you're heading to is Khao Yai Nature Life, the transfer takes about 3 hours. Once there, it's time to meet and greet your guide, then continue for the afternoon tour. You will be visiting a Buddhist cave temple, see million wrinkle-lipped bats flying and forming a snake-like stream in the sky and visit a viewpoint overlooking the National Park. This tour will be joined with a small group (max 10 people). After today's tour a transfer to your hotel. DAY 2: Get up at 7:00 AM, enjoy breakfast, then pickup for the tour will be at 8:00 AM. First stop in Khao Yai National park is a stop at the Viewpoint to stretch your legs. You will be joining a guide in a small group party. Then, the guide will take you hiking through the dry evergreen forest where gibbons, monkey and hornbills are often seen. After that you will drive up to Haew Suwat waterfall, followed by lunch near the waterfalls and swimming in a natural pool. In the afternoon, you will see to the second highest mountain of the park and relax on a superb viewpoint. Your most favorite part of the day could be the evening when you are going to be checking out the wild elephants that might come to the salt licks. This join tour finishes at 7:30 PM in Khao Yai. Your private driver will take you back to Bangkok. Expected return time in Bangkok is 10:30 PM.

Khao Yai Vineyard Tasting Tour & Horse Farm Visit

4. Khao Yai Vineyard Tasting Tour & Horse Farm Visit

Take advantage of the day with an early morning pick-up at 6:30 AM from central hotels in Bangkok and depart for PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, one of the finest wineries in Thailand, located at the edge of the Khao Yai National Park. Benefit from the tram that will take you on a comfortable tour around the vast property of around 1000 acres of vineyard and plantation. Learn about wine production and try some of the more famous wines. A highlight of the winery will naturally be the unique wine tasting tour, where four different wines will be served. Discover the wine production center, do some wine tasting and visit the little museum displaying the history of PB Valley. The tour will also include time for a walk through the fruit orchards and flower gardens before you continue to the local restaurant to be served authentic Thai dishes with bottled water with lunch. Afterward, proceed to the horse farm, located close by in the Pak Chong district. Experience life amidst nature and enjoy the farm’s activities in the afternoon, perfect for children from 2 to 12 years of age. Collect eggs from the coop of over 400 free-range hens and put them into a basket, or feed the farm animals and learn how to ride and groom horses/ponies. Horse riding for beginners is a fun and exciting experience. Please wear full-length jeans covering your ankles and sneakers. Helmets will be provided. Once you have completed your horse ride, the transfer to central Bangkok hotels will bring you back, arriving at around 6:30 PM.

From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Khao Yai National Park Day Trip

5. From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Khao Yai National Park Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day trip out of Bangkok, explore the impressive monuments and temple ruins built during the Ayutthaya era. Make your first stop at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon to see the 42-meter-long reclining white Buddha. Then, head to Wat Phra Mahathat to spot the famous tree that has grown around a Buddha's head. Take a selfie with the Buddha's head, but make sure you sit on your knees to show respect, as it is considered holy by Thais. Continue to Wat Phra Si Sanphet, the largest temple in Ayutthaya, known for its distinctive row of restored chedis. Housed within the grounds of the former royal palace, the temple was used only for royal religious ceremonies. The three Chedis are very elegant, and the whole place gives a good impression of what it may have looked like before the city was destroyed. You then make another stop in Ayutthaya at Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit. This is one of the biggest Buddha images in Thailand, with a lap measurement at 9.55 meters and a height of 12.45 meters. It is a good model of the Buddha image during the end of Ayutthaya reign. From there, continue to a local restaurant, where you will be served authentic Thai dishes. Move on to Khao Yai National Park and stop at Haew Narok Waterfall to see a beautiful view of the waterfall by walking just 1 kilometer from the main road. Taking a safe trail down the cliff, continue to the Visitor Center to hear about the park’s history and attractions. The final stop is KM 30 Viewpoint on Thanarat Road, and after the wonderful journey, you will return to your hotel in Bangkok, arriving at around 6:30 PM.

Khao Yai National Park Private Transfer with Optional Trek

6. Khao Yai National Park Private Transfer with Optional Trek

Khao Yai National Park or Big Mountain attracts one million visitors a year, mostly from Bangkok, which is only a 3-hour drive away. Khao Yai boasts four vegetation zones, spanning elevations from 100 meters to more than 1,400 meters. In its forest and savannah, the park supports a wild elephant herd estimated at 300. Another attraction is a vast population of hornbills of various species being great hornbill, wreathed, oriental pied, and brown. The trip will start from Bangkok in the early morning, around 6:00 AM. You will be greeted by a friendly driver and drive 3 hours to visit the first national park in Thailand. Along the way, you will have a chance to spot greenery wild animals like deer, monkeys and many more. You might even spot an elephant if you're lucky! If you would like to trek in the jungle with a park ranger, select this option while booking. There are up to fifty hiking trails following the migratory paths of wildlife to scenic waterfalls such as Heaw Narok and to grassy savannahs where elephants roam. On this journey, you will be trekking around 3-4km, which is an easy trail of 2 hours. You will also get to visit observation towers which will make it easier to see from the top. Your park ranger will serve as a guide and escort you around while sharing interesting information. At the end of your day, you'll arrive back at your hotel in Bangkok between 5:00 and 6:00 PM. 

From Bangkok: Khao Yai Hiking Day Tour

7. From Bangkok: Khao Yai Hiking Day Tour

Take a day trip from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a hike to Heaw Narok Waterfall for breathtaking views. Explore the splendid Haew Suwat Waterfall with its shady spots filled with trees to sit under and large rocks to lie down and relax on. This stunning waterfall was made famous in the film 'The Beach'. Enjoy a Thai lunch menu with seasonal fruits and bottled water at a local restaurant. Then, visit the Khao Yai National Park Visitor Centre in the park headquarters and enhance your appreciation of the park. Your final stop is at the KM. 30 view point on Thanarat Road. After a fun trekking adventure, return to Bangkok at approximately 6:30 PM. 

From Bangkok: Private Khao Yai Valley Instagram Day Tour

8. From Bangkok: Private Khao Yai Valley Instagram Day Tour

Make your Instagram followers envious as you explore the picturesque Khao Yai Valley outside of Bangkok. Enjoy a private customizable guided day trip that visits the area’s unique, colorful, and popular hotspots as well as some hidden gems. After meeting your guide, drive to the Pete Maze, the first stop on the itinerary. Explore the maze’s large swirling hedges dotted with quirky-looking art installations. Next, stop at the Khao Yai Art Museum, which houses a private collection of modern and contemporary art as well as a beautiful cafe and sculpture garden, perfect for a photo shoot. Afterward, step inside The Birder's Lodge, the most unique cafe in the area. With its stunning green landscape and fam-like architecture, the lodge is the perfect place to relax for lunch. Visit the Primo Piazza, the Italian-style piazza replicating those found in quaint romantic Italian villages. Here you will find many farm animals roaming around including llamas who are ready for their close-up. Continue onward to the PB Valley Khao Yai Winery, the first winemaker in the region. Admire a large sprawling vineyard of white and red grapes. If you feel like it, go on a vineyard tour or do some wine tasting. Lastly, drive to the famous Chokchai Farm, one of Thailand's most successful dairy farms established in 1957. See how the cows are milked and sheep are reared. With a cowboy-like backdrop, capture fun and unforgettable photographs.

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What people are saying about Khao Yai National Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 68 reviews

The park is about 3 hrs drive from Bangkok, so you will spend a significant amount of time in a van, however when you get there you will recognize it was worth it! I was lucky enough to be alone in my group, so I could spend lots of time talking to the guides, they also let us go slightly off track from time to time to be able to spot some gibbons. Amazing day!

Amazing tour with waterfalls and jungle hike. We were so lucky to see black gibbons! Tom is an excellent guide, gave us interesting insights on wildlife

My guide Golf was super friendly and funny. I enjoyed his stories and also learned a lot. A memory to never forget.

Ended up having a private trip with Golf. Had a really good time

Golf was an excellent guide. really enjoyed the trip