× The park is the third largest in Thailand. It covers an area of 300 square kilometers, including tropical seasonal forests and grasslands. Its altitude mostly ranges from 400–1,000 m above sea level. There are 3,000 species of plants, 320 species of birds, and 67 species of mammals, recording in this, Thailand's most famous National Park.

Accommodation advice - Khao Yai

05 Mar 2014 15:40 - 05 Mar 2014 15:40 #1744 by Paul TW
Paul TW created the topic: Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
Has anybody stayed in the various bungalows inside Khao Yai National Park? I normally stay outside or just visit for the day, so have no idea.

I am going to spend a bit of time mid-week up there to chill and want to stay inside the park - no camping as I need utilities to charge all my video batteries. Can anyone advise me? Which ones are OK or the best? Or which ones should be avoided? Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.

Cost is not an issue.

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06 Mar 2014 18:12 - 06 Mar 2014 18:13 #1746 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
Personally I'm fine with anything. But I've some experience with tourists that expect different standards than me...
The 2-person bungalows (301 - 302 blocks) are OK. Last year or the year before there was often a problem that there was no gas so no hot water. The park workers complained but the chief kept saying there were more important things (building his own house, etc.). Not sure how the situation is now. This time of year temperatures are a bit better so for me a hot shower is not neccessary.

Ocassionally I've heard people telling rats were IN the walls (double wooden walls...). And you could have an army of ants walk over your pillow, but well, that's just not possible to avoid in a national park.

You can hear your neighbours very well because the wooden walls are very thin, and the bungalows are connected.

Besides more space, I did not see much difference in quality with the more expensive options. I haven't used those much, though. And honestly I think any option is overpriced compared to similar bungalows anywhere else outside parks.
Also the 407 2-person rooms are similar to 301 / 302 but different location.

The beds in all bungalows are hard.

All in all I think it is clean enough, and waking up with gibbons calling is just lovely and beats any luxury hotel outside the park ;)

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06 Mar 2014 19:38 - 10 Mar 2014 09:28 #1747 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: Re:Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
Many thanks!!! I had another comment about the "hard" beds as well :side:

Update:

I was in KY on Saturday and decided that conditions are not really good enough to warrant staying a week.

Insect life was very difficult to find even by the water. There were lots of deer about but the dry conditions, parched grasses and controlled burning are not really creating good conditions for photography. And as I will be alone, going deep into the forest is not really an option.

So I am going to venture further north, conditions will be the same but I figure I may as well use the time off to explore some new locations with it being so dry at the moment.

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11 Mar 2014 22:42 #1762 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Re:Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
Interested to hear more about any new locations!

Where are you going?

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16 Mar 2014 20:00 - 16 Mar 2014 20:01 #1767 by Paul TW
Paul TW replied the topic: Re:Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
........was in Uthai Thani, but after 3 days of being closer to forest fires than I would like (3 days, 3 locations, 3 fires), have just arrived back in KK where I will spend the week.

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16 Mar 2014 23:04 #1768 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Re:Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
Does that mean they have burned the areas at HKK (HQ/ Lan Sak)? or was it in a different area in Uthai Thani?
Enjoy your time in KK!

In KY it rained yesterday. Not the first rain of the year, but a good shower after a dry period.
Snake sightings start to increase again. It's been a good snake week with a green Oriental Vine snake at the Erawan falls, a large Keeled Rat Snake in the East, and in Khao Yai 2 Vogel's Pit Vipers, a Green Cat Snake, a young Reticulated Python, and an orange Oriental Vine Snake.
Besides a snake week, today seemed to be hornbill-day with all 4 (KY) hornbill species crossing my path twice (or more) this morning. Found a Brown Hornbill nesting site which is new to me. Though, I would not be surprised if other people already know the location. If I have some more time, I might try to get some shots.

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18 Mar 2014 18:38 #1769 by Paul TW
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About half of the area (hq to ls) had been burned off. It rained in ls on Saturday though, I am told.

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18 Mar 2014 23:38 #1770 by onflipflops
onflipflops replied the topic: Re:Accommodation advice - Khao Yai
They love burning in Thailand...
Thanks for the info.

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