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Budget wilderness weekend at Khao Yai
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Budget weekends in Khao Yai wilderness

 

Nearly three times larger than Singapore, Khao Yai is the country’s oldest and most visited national park. Covering 837 square miles, Khao Yai houses one of the most extensive intact forests remaining in mainland Asia.

Despite its vast size, the national park is easy to access. Spending a night in Khao Yai under a 1,000 baht budget is not too much a hassle, actually.

You can drive directly into the park, contact the staff for permission (admission fee of 400 baht) and then select the preferred location to pitch your comfortable tent. There are some food shops and facilities at two popular campsites, Pha Kluay Mai and Lam Takhong, where you can spend your night among wilderness safe and sound (tent borrowing and camping fee of 225 baht).

Khao Yai is one of the best places in Southeast Asia to observe hornbills. Moreover, it is home to some 200 wild elephants, gibbons, as well as tigers. A trip to Khao Yai wouldn’t be complete without trekking through the jungle. From Pha Kluay Mai camping ground, you can make a short trekking trip to a waterfall of the same name. The lovely fall of Nam Tok Haew Suwat, a few miles away through a trail, is fed by a refreshing stream all year round.

Nong Pak Chee observation tower is a fantastic place to watch wildlife or even to pause for lunch. The elevated platform offers a panoramic scene of grassland and mountains. Keen wildlife watchers can camp here for a chance to spot big creatures at night. A night safari tour is available at 500 baht for a maximum of 10 passengers.

Overall, Khao Yai makes quite a convenient trip for nature lovers. Moreover, this wilderness is just a few hour drives away from Bangkok.

 

How to get there: 120 miles northeast of Bangkok via highway 2 and 2090. For more information, call the park at 086-092-6529.

 

 

 

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