Khao Yai National Park is the oldest national park in Thailand and is a fantastic place for wildlife spotting. Elephants, muntjacs and bee-eaters are commonly seen but the more rare animals include tigers, sun bears, gibbons, crocodiles and leopards.
Doing a wildlife tour is your best chance of spotting any animals; an English-speaking guide will accompany you around the park and help you spot things that you otherwise might miss! There are several lovely waterfalls that can be visited as well as the bat caves where, at dusk, you can watch thousands of the creatures as they launch themselves into the night.
How to get there?
From Bangkok you can catch a train or bus to Korat, which leave throughout the day. From there it is easy to get a songthaew (a shared taxi) to the park’s entrance.
Khao Yai is one of the few places in Thailand where you can still see wild elephants. To get the best chance of spotting them, go on a night wildlife tour and wonder at these marvellous creatures, somehow so different from their tamed cousins.
Khao Yai Winery for a taste of Thailand’s finest wine. Perhaps an unexpected place for a vineyard, the wine from this area has been served on Thai Airways flights and is one of the best places in the country for tasting and touring vineyards. With a restaurant looking over the estate, the Khao Yai Winery is the perfect end to any trip up north.