Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai national park. The country’s first National Park acquires total area of 2,168 sq.kms. and its boundary covers 4 provinces namely Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachin Buri, and Saraburi. The park has beautiful landscape, comprising jungle, streams, waterfalls, and great variety of flora and fauna. Its highest peak, Khao Laem, is 1,292 metres above sea level. It has been enlisted in Unesco’s world Heritage site since July 14, 2005. How to get there: Via highway 33, it is 41 kilometres from Noenhom intersection to the park’s headquarters, or 81 kilometres. to meet Mitraphap Road in Amphoe Pak Chong. The famous tourist attractions in the area of Nakhon Nayok include: – Namtok Heo Narok.The waterfall is situated south of the park. From downtown Nakhon Nayok, tourist can get to the waterfall via Suwannason Road, turn left at Noenhom intersection or King Naresuan Circle and get into highway 3077. Head for Khao Yai until km 24, the waterfall is a kilometre off main road via a concrete trail. The big waterfall comprises three tiers. The first tier is 60 metres high. After that, the stream plunges down to the second and third tier. In total, it is 150 metres high. In rainy season, the stream will be very fierce. – Namtok Kong Kaeo. Originated from Huai Lam Takhong, this small waterfall is located about 100 metres from the Khao Yai National Park Headquarters. Tourists will find a suspension bridge nearby crossing Huai Lam Takhong, a boundary line between the provinces of Nakhon Nayok and Nakhon Ratchasima. – Namtok Heo Suwat. At the end of Thanarat Road, tourists will find this 25-metre-high cascade, originating from Huai Lam Takhong, that is a roaring artery in the rainy season. In summer the falls dries up and its rock terrain is accessible. – Namtok Heo Sai also originates from Huai Lam Takhong, this 5-metre-high cascade is 1.5 kilometres further on foot from Namtok Heo Suwat. – Namtok Pha Kluaimai.This medium-sized waterfall is located on the way to Namtok Heo Suwat. Renanthera orchids are scattered on the cliffs. Tourists can enjoy other activities in Khao Yai National Park; such as, camping, trekking, cycling, and animal watching. For more information, contact the Tourist Centre Tel: 0 3735 6033, 08 6092 6529.