Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park covers an area of over 2000 square kilometers in the four provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, and Prachin Buri.
It was the first national park in Thailand and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Dong Phaya Yen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.
Khao Yai National Park has several mountains of around 1000 metres including Khao Khieo. The entire area is criss-crossed by hiking trails, ranging in length from one and a half to eight kilometres. There are many waterfalls, the tallest and most spectacular of which is Haew Narok. Haew Suwat is famous for the jump scene in the movie The Beach.
Khao Yai's forests are teeming with wildlife and birds and is host to almost 2,500 plant species, 67 different kinds of mammals and over 300 species of birds.
The abundant wildlife includes many endangered mammals such as elephants, gibbons, tigers, leopards and Malaysian sun bears. Civets, squirrels, porcupines, and wild pigs add a bit of variety. Snakes and lizards usually make their presence known by a rustle in the undergrowth as you are walking.
Towering trees draped in mosses, climbers, tangled trunks of the strangling figs, drooping lianas & spiny rattan palms, delicate ferns, multicoloured lichens and an ever-changing array of fungi are all on view here.