KHAOYAI NATIONAL PARK

Khao Yai is no doubt the best national park in Thailand for regular visitors where it is relatively easy to see number of interesting animals.

Established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park, it is the third largest national park in Thailand. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. Khao Yai checkpoint is just 2.5 hours away from Bangkok.

The park covers an area of 2,168 square kilometres, including rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. 1,351 m high Khao Rom is the highest mountain within the park. The average altitude of the national park ranges from 400 to 1000 m above the sea level.

Khao Yai is part of Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, covering 5 protected areas from Khao Yai to Cambodian border. The other protected areas are; Pang Sida National Park, Thap Lan National Park, Ta Phraya National Park and Dong Yai Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Haew Suwat Waterfall was probably the most popular waterfall in Khao Yai National Park. This waterfall is just a short walk from the parking lot, down about 10 steps. You can continue down the trail about 150 steps to get to the bottom of the falls
Haew Narok Waterfall - The largest waterfall in the Khao Yai National Park dropping over 150 meter (492 ft.) from the top to the basal lake, Haew Narok Waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls I have seen in Thailand. Take the October-November visit which the waterfall is at its most powerful.  
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