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Exploring Nature in Khao Yai

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 pristine gem, and nature and conservation are an important part of our identity. Unexpected natural encounters are a regular highlight and excursions like photography, hiking and trekking, swimming and kayaking and conservation experiences are just a few steps away.


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.


Given the region's splendour and abundance of wildlife, nature photography is one of the most popular activities in Khao Yai. Scenic mountain viewpoints remain among the best ways to see the beauty of the National Park, while dawn and dusk spotting provide ideal settings for world-class wildlife photography.


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 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.

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Explore the nature by our complimentary biking at InterContinental Khao Yai Resort
Rolling terrain, challenging inclines, fresh air and breathtaking landscape make Khao Yai a cycist’s dream location. An abundance of roads, paths and nature trails also make it accessible for riders of all skill levels. Feel the landscape unfold in this incomparable haven, surrounded by natural wonders.
a man looking at a gallery wall full of colorful art
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.
cows beneath a tree at chokchai farm khao yai thailand
Khao Yai is one of the most fertile regions in South East Asia. The region is ripe with organic farms, rolling vineyards and shady orchards with rare and exotic fresh fruit.