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From Bangkok: Khao Yai Hiking Day Tour

1. 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. 

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Bangkok: Khao Yai National Park Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

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Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trekking Day Trip From Bangkok

3. 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.

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From Bangkok: Ayutthaya & Khao Yai National Park Day Trip

4. 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.

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Khao Yai National Park Private Transfer with Optional Trek

5. 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. 

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From Bangkok: Private Khao Yai Valley Instagram Day Tour

6. 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 day trip that visits the area’s unique, colorful, and popular hotspots. 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 photoshoot. Afterward, step inside The Birder's Lodge, the most unique cafe in the area. With its stunning green landscape and fam-like architecture, The Birder's 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-esque backdrop, capture fun and unforgettable photographs.

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What people are saying about Khao Yai National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

This was a great day out in the Nature with a super friendly driver Mr. Chan. The walking trail amidst interesting noises of birds, gibbons etc was wonderful!. I absolutely enjoyed it. Good organisation and great timing

The tour guide (Chan) was great. He had a good foundation of knowledge of the area and also helped me try some different food that I never would have tried on my own.

Great guide, clean vehicle, and super lunch. Wonderful hike to waterfalls. Ttip long but well worth it.

Martin the guide was very good and the hiking at the jungle was amazing, very recommended.

Our tour guide and driver were very helpful and we really enjoyed.