Khao Yai National Park is located in Thailand’s western Sankamphaeng Mountain Range. It covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers which makes it the third largest national park in Thailand. It was named after the previous tambon – Khao Yai Tambon.
It was established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park. It includes rainforests and grasslands. It was recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 1988 and in 2005 was declared a Natural Heritage by UNESCO.
Quick Facts: –
- Khao Yai National Park features many activities like camping, kayaking, rafting, hiking, wildlife watching, bird watching etc.
- The Hero Narok Waterfall is the largest waterfall in the park measuring 150 meters in height.
- During the cold season average daytime temperature is 22°C and during the hot season, it ranges between 20-30°C.
- This national park is home to roughly 2000 different plant species.
- The park’s altitude ranges from 350 meters to 1350 meters with the highest point being Khao Rom.
- The park is part of Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.
- The rainy season is from May to October, Cold season is from November to February and hot season is from March to April.
- This park consists of various types of forests including tropical rain forest and hilly evergreen forest, dry evergreen forest and dry deciduous forest.
- It also features salt licks. Salt lick is a scoured area of earth containing high salt levels that the herbivores like to lick.