Khao Yai National Park is located approximately 40km from the Homtel. It is accessable by local transportation/motorcycle/group activity (van rental)

KHAO YAI Nation park

The park is the third largest in Thailand. It covers an area of 300 square kilometers, including tropical seasonal forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400–1,000 m above sea level.


There are 3,000 species of plants, 320 species of birds like red junglefowl and coral-billed ground cuckoo, and 66 species of mammals, includingAsian black bear, Asian elephant, gaur, gibbon, Indian sambar deer, pig-tailed macaque, Indianmuntjac, dhole, and wild pig.


Although evidence of tiger presence has not been recorded recently, monitoring by Freeland Foundation in collaboration with Department of National Park rangers has discovered tigers (the Indochinese tiger subspecies) in other parts of eastern Thailand where they were previously thought to have been completely extirpated. Its waterfalls include the 80 metre Heo Narok, and Heo Suwat made famous from the film, The Beach. Namtok Sarika is popular with the Thais.




Khao Yai National Park has three main seasons, with an annual mean temperature of 23° Celsius, though this varies greatly with the seasons.


  • Rainy season (May–October): Most days have high rates of precipitation. The atmosphere is humid with average temperatures of 27° C during the day dropping to 13° C at night. Streams at peak flow.

  • Cold season (November–February): Clear skies, sunny and cool. Average temperatures of 22° C during the day and 10° C at night. Good time for hiking.

  • Hot season (March–April): Humid with daytime temperatures of 20–30° C and 17° C at night.












The park is often visited by travelers from Isan, Bangkok and beyond. There are per-day fees for visitors and vehicles. 


  • Food is available from private concessions within the park.

  • Kayaking and rafting services are available in Prachinburi, in the far southeast of the park.

  • Night-time "wildlife spotlighting" is available via pick-up trucks in the early evening. Possible animal sightings include deer, civets, nightjars, porcupines, and occasionally even elephants or other more rare nocturnal creatures.

  • Slide shows at the visitor center are available on weekends and public holidays.

  • Meeting rooms are available with audiovisual equipment for seminars and workshops.

  • Camping is permitted in camping zones.

  • Lodges and cabins are available for singles and groups. Reservations are required.