Just a couple of hundred kilometres from Bangkok, Khao Yai is an extraordinary tourist destination; a mountainous, rural oasis promising a refreshing holiday with amazing activities, attractions for visitors, and over 2,000 square kilometres of national parkland to explore.
Popular with tourists from abroad, Khao Yai is an escape for Thailand’s Thai and expat urbanites and a much sought-after destination, particularly among middle-class and wealthy Thais seeking a gorgeous vacation and/or retirement home for weekends retreats and longer. Owning a property in Khao Yai for generations of families to enjoy is high on the wish-list of Thais who have the funds to invest.
A rich biodiversity of flora and fauna, the beauty of Khao Yai can be reached in a couple of hours. There are two main routes from Bangkok to the park headquarters. The most used is Highway 2 as it passes many tourist attractions en route.
The Highway 6 motorway from Ayutthaya is also under-construction, linking the capital more easily to Khao Yai too. This 196-kilometer stretch of motorway is part of bigger infrastructure plans that will link Bangkok to Nong Khai, via Khao Yai. The Bang Pa-In-Korat section of Highway 6 is set to be in operation toward the latter part of 2020. Meanwhile, a bridge between Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima to Saraburi has helped travel time with a short-cut within Khao Yai too.
Thailand is setting in motion to link up with its ASEAN neighbors too and this means improved railways. In 2021, construction on a 260-kilometer track will begin, taking passengers from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima in less and an hour and 20 minutes on a high-speed Thai-Chinese train. Reports suggest, this service could be operational by early 2023.
Learning about Khao Yai Thailand, visitors discover a destination that never ceases to surprise them. There is so much on offer, from Italian-themed villages to an English hamlet, a Hobbit-themed hotel, and even a Scottish castle. There are internationally-renowned vineyards as well as world-class golf clubs and courses unique to Thailand that have been designed by famous golfers and high-end course-design specialists.
As well as outdoor pursuits, including some of the best birdwatching in the region, Khao Yai boasts a theme park and sheep farms, a silk village and night markets with great street food. The area is also known for its many quirky eateries and organic restaurants and cafes set against absolutely stunning landscapes.