Khao Yai is one of Thailand’s greatest natural wonders, and a perpetual source of inspiration. It was the Kingdom’s first national park, and is also part of a larger UNESCO heritage site.
We are proudly nestled on the edge of this incomparable natural gem, and nature and conservation are an important part of our guest experience. Unexpected natural encounters are a regular highlight – as are guided tours and romantic Khao Yai sunset tours.
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED AND LOCALLY PROTECTED
Khao Yai National Park was established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park. It remains one of the largest, and includes more than 2,200 sq km of mountainous rainforest and grassland. The park is one of five which comprise the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex UNESCO heritage site. It includes more than 6,000 sq km – stretching east to the Cambodian border – and is built around a pair of mountain ranges: Sankhampaeng and Dong Phaya Yen.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND KHAO YAI WILDLIFE TOURS
An array of photography tours are available for Khao Yai wildlife spotting. Nature and wildlife experiences in Khao Yai National Park are guided, and include a park essentials tour, a conservation tour, as well as dawn and dusk wildlife tours to Wang Nam Khiao district. Bicycle tours and self-guided driving tours are also guest favourites.
KHAO YAI WATERFALLS
Because of its elevation and tropical rainfall, Khao Yai National Park is home to many waterfalls. Among the most famous are Haew Narok – or the Abyss of Hell; Haew Suwat – Suwat Chasm; and Pah Gluai Mai – the Forest of Orchids.
KHAO YAI HIKING AND TREKKING
Khao Yai National Park is home to seven major public trails, most of which require a guide or ranger. The trails lead through a variety of landscapes – including dry rainforest, freshwater swamps, rolling hills and basins, open grasslands, fern thickets and bamboo groves, waterfalls and even ancient volcanic fields.
Wildlife abounds even within the grounds of InterContinental Khao Yai Resort. Guests always have chances to interact with local wildlife – including feeding swans, ducks and koi fish, and sighting white squirrels and rare hornbills. Our in-residence naturalist will guide you to the best viewing spots, and also provide in-depth tours which educate on local trees, flowers and fauna.
From train-themed art and works by recognised Thai masters, to Picassos and cathedral architecture – art in the Khao Yai region has a great deal to offer. Pop-up gallery events, local craft projects and our guided tours just make it all the sweeter.
There is no shortage of things to do in Khao Yai. The wild mountain landscapes are a perfect backdrop for thrilling adventures like canyoning and ziplines, river rafting and ATVs, and bicycling, hiking and trekking.