Khao Yai National Park is located just 175 Km (108 miles) northeast of Bangkok. This picturesque region of Thailand offers an escape from the crowds of Bangkok and a wide array of unique activities for everyone! Khao Yai National Park is a destination often overlooked by travelers.
How to get to Khao Yai National Park
Getting to the National Park is extremely easy. We took a train from Bangkok Railway Station to Pak Chong, a city located 10km outside of Khao Yai National Park. The train ride takes 4 hours and has 10 departures throughout the day. Pro-tip: Make sure you buy your ticket at least one day in advance to avoid having to go on third class.
Khao Yai National Park Price
Entrance Fee: 200 baht/ adult The best way to get around is to rent your own motorbike and go at your own pace. Motorbike rentals are available for 200 baht a day.
How much time do you need there
You can make this a day trip, but since there is so much to do here, its better to allow 2-3 days in total.
Where to stay
Hello Hostel is a great hostel for about 200 baht a night, they even provide motorbike rental and assisted us when we had a motorbike accident.
Where to eat
Despite being a rural area, Khao Yai has its fair share of mouth-watering unique restaurants. Visit Midwinter Green restaurant located just a few kilometers from the entrance of the National Park. The medieval-style building offers breathtaking views and feels like you have entered the Game of Thrones world.
Why should Khao Yai be on my bucket list?
Waterfalls: If you like waterfalls this park is home to 6 different waterfalls easily accessible with your motorbike and a small hike. The waterfall above was featured in Leonardo Dicaprios movie “The Beach”.
Wildlife spotting: Khao Yai National Park is home to elephants, bears, gibbons, macaques, over 300 resident and migratory birds as well as many species of reptiles. Elephants can be seen on the road or crossing rivers early in the morning!