The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uthai Thani and Tak Provinces, Thailand. The sanctuary was established in 1974, and is one of the largest and most important protected wildlife areas in Southeast Asia. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1991. The protected area is home to a diverse range of animals including large mammals, birds, and reptiles. It is Thailand's premier Wildlife research sanctuary.
I visited HQ last Sunday (24th April) and the campground was closed to visitors due to lack of water/drought. So we ended up staying a night just outside the entrance gate in a small 'resort' in the village.
Conditions in HKK were extremely hot and dry - in the afternoon birdlife was prolific around the few remaining puddles of water visible from the entrance road. I imagine it's probably a great time to see wildlife along the river if you can put up with the heat. Hopefully they'll get some rain soon.
Due to the +40c heat decided to head across to Khao Yai to spend the last few days of our Thailand trip in a slightly cooler evergreen area.
I went to Huai Kha Kaeng this Weekend. The campsite was still closed although it wasn't obvious why. There seemed to be plenty of water and the ranger i spoke to didn't seem to know either.
I walked the Khao Hin Daeng trail a couple of times and was very impressed. I ran into an elephant in the forest both times, although was too scared to get any decent photographs! I was constantly disturbing sambar, muntjac and wild pig in the forest and the sound of gibbons was pretty common around me.
I was also lucky enough to see a small herd of Banteng at the observation tower by the Pong Chang Puak trail.