Best Things to See and Do in Khao Yai

Khao Yai’s proximity to Korat and Bangkok has made it a popular Thai tourist destination. Khao Yai, 100 miles away, is Bangkok’s nearest national park. The park is also the most popular tourist attraction in the Thai capital. Khao Yai is an excellent complement to a Bangkok itinerary due to its proximity. Living here for a few days is a great way to unwind and appreciate the area’s UNESCO-listed nature. You should also know about Khao Yai accommodation (ที่พักเขาใหญ่, which is the term in Thai) before going there.

Khao Yai offers several activities and attractions for all ages. Here are some of our favourite Khao Yai attractions, in no particular order.

 Stop By Leonardo’s Waterfall

You may remember Étienne, Françoise, and Richard jumping from a waterfall in The Beach. As such, Khao Yai National Park has Haew Suwat waterfall. It was a tremendous jump in more ways than one because the waterfall is hundreds of miles from Maya Bay on Phi Phi Leh, the famous beach in the title.

Find The Elephants

Khao Yai National Park is a top Thai spot where you can see wild elephants. Khao Yai National Park has hundreds of free-roaming Asian elephants in its fields and roads.

Consider A Safari

Hornbills, gibbons, macaques, deer, gaur, and elephants—the largest and most famous—live in Khao Yai.

See animals on a day or night safari with expert local guides. Some elusive species are more accessible to spot in the morning or evening when relaxed.

Embark On A Hiking Adventure

Khao Yai has several well-marked hiking paths that guests can explore independently. Hiking longer paths requires the services of a guide, which may be readily hired in Khao Yai.

There are markers to help you stay on the seven small trails, which vary in length from approximately one to five kilometres. Before walking on any path, you must check in at the Khao Yai National Park visitor centre. All visitors must travel responsibly and adhere to the Code of Conduct.

Try Whitewater Rafting!

Khao Yai is great for whitewater rafting. The Hin Phoeng rapids on the Sai Yai River are challenging for whitewater kayakers of all skill levels.

Admire The Viewpoints

Khao Yai’s slopes and mountains make for great lookout places. While Khao Rom stands at 1,351 meters, Pha Diew Dai is where most people go to get a good view. An elevated boardwalk adds to the charm of this scenic hike as it winds its way through the woodland. Nearby the road lies the equally picturesque Khao Yai 30km Viewpoint.


Although Khao Yai National Park is accessible year-round, visitors cannot access specific locations, such as the views, during the rainy season (June to September). For additional information, visit the educational website of Khao Yai National Park. If you are interested in wildlife trips, you may find more details at Tontan Travel.

Hilary Smith