Khao Yai Public Park is situated around 2.5 hours north of Bangkok and is quite possibly Thailand’s best public park. It was Thailand’s most memorable public park when it was built in 1962, and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I’d continuously heard extraordinary things about the recreation area while I lived in the country. Be that as it may, regardless of living in Thailand for quite some time, I never figured out how to arrive.
Fortunately, I, at last, got to play local escort for a companion from Boston when they visited, and I used that as my reason to make it there at long last.
I can’t completely accept that it took me such a long time.
The recreation area is really astonishing. It’s loaded up with lavish, widely varied vegetation, lots of birds, cascades, lovely climbs, and a couple of wild elephants, and is basically devoid of travelers.
Arriving at our guesthouse in the early evening, we had perfect timing to make a half-day visit. This visit carried us to a couple of caverns and a characteristic spring. The main cave was home to over 2,000 bats and used to be a Buddhist cloister before the nearby community helped build the priests a legal sanctuary. Regardless, the priests actually come here in the evening to think. I suspect the dimness and serenity are really great for meditation. Our guide appeared to be a specialist in all things, showing us every one of the bugs, discussing the existing pattern of bats, and, surprisingly, giving us an example of the structure of the soil and how bat guano can be utilized to make explosives. Generally, while you’re visiting Thailand, local escorts are simply ushers, strolling you from one spot to another, talking about very little, allowing you to take your photographs, and then continuing on. Yet, this guide knew everything and had the option to make sense of the set of experiences and zoology of this cavern as well as the entire district.
The subsequent cavern highlighted more than 2,000,000 bats, and we showed up with perfect timing to see them head out for their daily feed. Watching it resembled watching something on the Revelation Channel: an apparently unending stream of bats flying out in the quest for their nightly dinner as the sun set underneath the skyline. Our aide, who appeared to understand our cameras better than any of us, had the option of getting some of it on tape for us through the telescope:
We spent the next day back in the recreation area for an entire day of climbing through the wilderness and attempting to detect natural life. Our day started with bird watching, followed by a five-hour journey across the wilderness. We recognized a tonne of birds over the course of the day, including the incomparable hornbill, which has a wingspan north of two meters wide. Monkeys floated out and about, and gibbons swung through the trees.
As we cleared our path through the wilderness, it became obvious to me that we were the main gathering on this path, permitting us additional individual time with the creatures. Normally, in northern Thailand, you see a great deal of traffic on the paths, so it was good to at last get someplace where we could be separated from everyone else by nature.
The storm season kicked in partially through our trip, pouring down an expanse of water on us as we advanced back to the vehicle. The rain stopped as we approached a final couple of cascades, including the one Leonardo Di Caprio jumped off in the film The Ocean’s Side.
Regardless of being one of the greatest and most notable parks in Thailand, there were not many sightseers there, making for an agreeable and tranquil experience. With it being just a portion of a day from Bangkok, you ought to consider visiting Khao Yai before you head off to the tropical islands that make Thailand so renowned.
Currently, I rarely use Desolate Planet for convenience suggestions. Regardless, I did it this time, and I should mention that, for once, Desolate Planet did not disappoint. Regardless of being in LP for quite a long time, the Greenleaf Guesthouse had not experienced much in the way of quality (and having ever come back, I can say it’s as yet one of the most mind-blowing spots to remain close to Khao Yai Public Park).
Pressing a book into a desolate planet usually results in higher costs and lower quality. Notwithstanding, this spot offered modest convenience, incredible food, sensibly evaluated visits, and truly learned local area experts. If you ever get the chance to visit Khao Yai, this is my top recommendation. I’d return in a moment.
Attractions in Khao Yai Public Park
Here are the absolute best things to see during your visit to the recreation area:
Haew Suwat Cascade: This cascade became popular on the Ocean side and is definitely worth seeing (however, you won’t be able to imitate Leo’s exemplary leap because swimming is not permitted at the cascade).
Pha View Kick the Bucket Perspective: At 1,100 meters (3,608 feet) above ocean level, this is presumably the most amazing perspective in the recreation area. You’ll get a general perspective on the overall region, and there are typically not many individuals around.
Haew Narok Cascade: This cascade means “Indented Opening of Misery,” which is an extremely premonition name for a beautiful cascade! It got its name from poachers who clearly heard the commotion of its water crashing well before they saw the water and accepted that the crashing thunder was the doors of misery opening.
Non-Pak Chi Lookout: This is a decent spot to stop to attempt to see a portion of the recreation area’s natural life, like wild hogs and elephants. Plan to be there at first light or at sunset for the best opportunities.
Elephants (and other wild creatures): best found at the crack of dawn or dusk, there are really many elephants situated in the recreation area. You can track them down close to a portion of the salt licks around the recreation area; however, you must be patient (and fortunate!). The most effective way to see them (and different creatures) is to go on a night safari, as numerous creatures usually like to be dynamic during the cool night hours. Visits are coordinated by the recreation area and cost 1,600–5,400 THB for every individual, depending on the number of individuals on the visit.
Khao Luk Chang Bat Cavern: This is the previously mentioned bat cave; it is most certainly a sight to consider as every one of the bats leaves the cavern without a moment’s delay!