TH07 Khao Yai NP.
Khao Yai National Park (Popular tour booking for one day trip & many day trip !! )
The first national park in Thailand . It covers four provinces in central, eastern and northeastern Thailand including Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi and Nakhon Ratchasima. The park covers an area of 2,168 km, including several mountain peaks, the highest being Khao Rom at 1,351 meters. The lower elevations are found near the park boundary, the lowest being 246 meters above sea level. Distance far from Bangkok 170 km. By the northeast of Bangkok or sped time by car 1.30 hr.
Climate and topography
Khao Yai has a monsoonal climate and receives about 2,270 mm. Of rainfall annually, The park has three seasons: cool, hot, and rainy. The cool season (November-February) is rather dry and has an average low temperature of 17 degrees celsius, which is excellent for hiking and viewing wildlife. The hot season (March-May) has an average temperature of 28 degrees celsius, which provides an escape from the sweltering heat of the surrounding lowlands. The rainy season (June-October) brings 84% of Khao Yai’s precipitation. During this period it will rain nearly every day, so birdwatcher should come prepared.
Vegetation Khao Yai is more than 80% forested. The dominant vegetation type is moist evergreen forest from 500-1,000 meters above sea level, which covers more than 60% of the park. Other forest types include : dry evergreen forest from 200-400 meters on the east and south slopes dry mixed deciduous forest from 300-600 meters on the northern edge of the park, and hill evergreen forest which occurs above 1,000 meters on Khao Khieo ridge. Grasslands and secondary growth make up the remaining vegetation types.
Birds & Fauna
A total of 333 species of birds and 71 species of mammals have been reported in Khao Yai. The montane bird fauna is not well represented in Khao Yai, not only because the park is relatively remote from the higher forested mountains of the north and west, but partly because it has only small, isolated areas of unexceptionally high mountain tops.
Some typical montane birds include the White-browed Shrike-Babbler and the White-tailed Leaf-Warbler, both of which may be found around Khao Khieo and the other high peaks. Khao Yai bird fauna is chiefy composed of those lowland and hill slope (submontane) birds, which have fairly wide latitudinal ranges. Some other lowland species, such as Siamese Fireback, Pompadour Pigeon and Javan Frogmouth, which may once have been abundant in the evergreen forests which formerly covered the surrounding plain, are found only at extremely low density around the Khao Yai headquarters area.
Some typical resident species inhabiting the evergreen forests of the headquarters area include SilverPheasant, Vernal Hanging Parrot, Green-billed Malkoha, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Mountain Scops-Owl, Orange-breasted and Red-headed Trogons, 4 species of hornbills Great Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Iickell's Brown Hornbill(rare) and Wreathed Hornbill, Greater Flameback, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, 4 species of broadbills Silver-breasted Broadbill, Long-tailed Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill and Banded Broadbill. Along the main road, mostly we have seen Blue Pitta, Eared Pitta, ( In rainy season around May-August 2 specie of Pittas come to breeding in side park, easy to see Hooded Pitta, Blue-winged Pitta)
another specie on the main road such as Blue-winged Leafbird, Asian Fairy bluebird, a variety of bulbuls, including the Puff-throated Babbler, Grey-eyed Bulbul, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Green Magpie, Abbott’s Babbler, White-bellied Yuhina, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Hill Blue Flycatche, White-throated Kingfsher, Indian Roller, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Bright- capped Cisticola.
Khao Yai is host to many migrant or wintering birds, most of which are visitors from the north and which inhabit the park from October through to March and frst of week in April starting breeding of 4 speice of Broadbills.
How many day for here : At lest one day : you can see more 70 specie birds , and maximun day 3, 4 days to bird watching. and then move to another national park to change habitat to seek more variety of birds.
Accommodations : In side Khao Yai have many type of accommodations Camp ground, Basic room, House and Campus, So are different price and stlye. For Wild Bird Eco Tour use basic room to service you because the price is not expensive 25 USD./day/2 bedroom and save for the time to birding till night , also not to wake up early in morning to birding. Some trip our guest have more budget we go to stay hotel or resort out side the park.