× Over 400 species of birds are known to occur within the Park’s boundaries, and 57 mammals. Larger mammals include elephant, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, and bear, indo-chinese tiger, leopard, both common and Fea’s muntjac. Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar.

Do you have some suggestion about good hikes?

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1 year 4 months ago #4528 by DrPAxx
I guys,
I just discovered this forum, It looks very nice. I'm Paolo and I'm planning a trip to Thailand.
I would like to visit a good park around Bangkok (because I will move by public transport).
In the beginning, my interest was for Kaeng Krachan. I read that the road between Ban Krang Campsite and Phanoen Thung Campsite is closed.
Do you think this is a big limitation for a good trip there? If yes, what about Khao Yai NP (I read it can be very busy), or Thap Lan and Pang Sida National Park in the North East?
Also, I would like to use less car as possible and hike as much as possible.
I thought to reach Dan Khao Sam Yot Checkpoint by taxi/something else and start the hike from there, camp in Ban Krang Campsite for a couple of nights and move around from there.
I would like to do everything by myself, but it's not clear if it is allowed or you need a guide.
Thank you for your help.
Enjoy hike

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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #4529 by Paul T
I would like to visit a good park around Bangkok (because I will move by public transport).

If using just public transport Khao Yai might be the better option as there are services to cope for that.

In the beginning, my interest was for Kaeng Krachan. I read that the road between Ban Krang Campsite and Phanoen Thung Campsite is closed.

Sam Yot/Baan Krang/Panoenthung - Closed until November 1st - you did not say when you are planning to visit?

Do you think this is a big limitation for a good trip there? If yes, what about Khao Yai NP (I read it can be very busy), or Thap Lan and Pang Sida National Park in the North East?

I will let others answer specifically about Khao Yai as the know it much better than I. Its busy at certain times of year and at weekends. Thap Lan is not a park really suitable for hikers and trippers, I would not recommend. Pang Sida is nice but not easy by public transport and you will have to have a ranger with you for "hiking" - they are quite strict on that because of accidents, elephants and even poaching gangs.

Also, I would like to use less car as possible and hike as much as possible.

Without a car I think Khao Yai National Park is your best bet for an enjoyable trip.

I thought to reach Dan Khao Sam Yot Checkpoint by taxi/something else and start the hike from there, camp in Ban Krang Campsite for a couple of nights and move around from there.

Closed until November 1st - after that its a great park to visit.

I would like to do everything by myself, but it's not clear if it is allowed or you need a guide.

If there are well marked/worn routes such as Khao Yai and Kaeng Krachan it is "ok" to walk such trails around the camp sites but always be mindful it is very very easy to get lost - especially in the rainy season. A guide can show you things you would never see on your own, take you places you could never think of going alone, etc. Some parks (see Pang Sida above) do not like tourists wandering around in the forest and will make you take a ranger - getting an available ranger can sometimes be difficult as they have other tasks they have to do and those take priority.

Hope this helps - and maybe some of the others can help re Khao Yai recommendations.

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1 year 4 months ago #4530 by DrPAxx
Thank you for your exhaustive answer. :)
I'm planning to go in November, between 12th and 20th. I will organize my jungle trip during week days, to don't meet too much crowd.
About Kaeng Krachan, I saw there are buses from Bangkok to the town and then from the town, there should be taxis or little buses. Where could I find a good guide? Can I go there directly and speak with someone?
I can imagine they could show me better places and explain many things but I thought to go by myself also because I will be alone, I don't like big groups and a private tour can be very expensive just for one person.
Does someone have a map with tracks and point of interests about the park?

Thank you

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1 year 4 months ago - 1 year 4 months ago #4531 by Paul T
Just check the other posts in this area of the forum and make sure you check out Rushen's detailed information on your query areas at:

www.thainationalparks.com/kaeng-krachan-national-park

and

www.thainationalparks.com/kaeng-krachan-national-park/get-there

that should answer all of your questions.

PS - if you need a guide/buddy just post a separate request in the forum at wildlifethailand.com/kunena/need-a-guide as we don't encourage anything "commercial" in the general forums.

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