× 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.

Bears at the campsite and other photos

18 Feb 2019 15:32 - 04 Mar 2019 14:55 #5185 by wvwv
Saw a few people looking across the river from the restaurant at lam takhong. Wandered over and saw a mother bear with cub eating the plants. It was nearly dark so most shots were in fading light or pitch black. 

ne lady there said she'd seen bears before there so worth shining a flashlight in that area 6pm onwards if you're staying at the campsite. In the morning I walked across and saw fresh elephant poo in the same place. All of this just 20 metres from people's tents.


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18 Feb 2019 15:53 - 23 Feb 2019 15:11 #5186 by wvwv
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Bull elephant on the way to haew suwat waterfall.  2 black giant squirrels in similar place. Hornbills in fruiting trees. Not sure what the other 2 bird are? I'm not good on birds. Think the lizard is a chinese water dragon. 


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20 Feb 2019 13:24 #5188 by zhou fangyi
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That's probably why it's wiser to stay at the campsite than a bungalow. More eyes.

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20 Feb 2019 17:07 #5191 by onflipflops
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Yes the lizard is an Indochinese Water Dragon, and you got a pic of Chinese pond Heron and Green-billed Malkoha.

Lucky you got to see the Asian Black Bears.  Khao Yai is definitely the best place to see this species. But still sightings are not common.

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22 Feb 2019 08:04 #5192 by jonathanbkk
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I have seen both species of bears on trails a total of 4 times now in my hikes, they are beautiful animals to see but every time what alarms me is how they act like I am not even there

The first time I saw one on the khao yai long trail i was going up a hill and had my head down only to look up and realize one was crossing the trail 5 or 6 meters ahead of me, it was a massive asiatic black bear, yet it didnt even give me but a glance

I carry bear spray i bought in the USA which is used for Grizzly bears, not ever had to use it but it gives me some piece of mind on these kinds of encounters

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21 Jan 2022 13:21 - 21 Jan 2022 13:44 #5734 by wvwv
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Baby porcupine at the campsite, I'd not seen a juvenile before. Had to compress the file size right down to upload the video.

 
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01 Mar 2023 09:56 - 01 Mar 2023 10:12 #5886 by wvwv
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pair of wreathed hornbills at the campsite.

 

 

 
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09 Mar 2023 21:30 - 09 Mar 2023 21:31 #5887 by wvwv
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came around the corner on my bicycle to 3 black bears, mother and two cubs.  the cubs didn't even notice me but the mother looked a bit hesitant and half turned around to go back into the forest on the side they had come out from.  got my phone out just in time for the cubs to disappear.  this was between the junction where you can turn to Prachinburi, and Laem Takhong campsite.  Just before dark; about 18:10.

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15 Mar 2023 01:45 #5888 by onflipflops
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Great sighting!

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12 Mar 2024 08:49 #7018 by wvwv
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Did a short trip into Khao Yai from Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve via Wang Nam Khiao.  Sakaerat is a Unesco site.  I had a mooch around the area but couldn't find much, the forest is more like a wood, and there were a few trails here and there.  I stopped at Pha Ruk Saladdai which is a viewpoint up a steep hill, no people around but smog spolied the view.  If taking the 304 road from Korat to Kabinburi it's close to the road and worth a stop.

I couldn't reach Khao Yai before closing time so camped at 'Lam Phra Phloeng 1 Lake'.  Free camping with your own tent.  Don't think there are any tents to rent.  It's managed by the rural roads department and overlooks a nice lake.  There is a cycling/jogging track around the lake.  There are plenty of vendors selling food and the toilets/showers are fairly clean.  Not easy to find electric sockets.

Saw 2 purple moorhen

 

 

They also have a small aviary and an area with rabbits

 

 

In Khao Yai, all these pics are at the campsite except the long tailed broadbill



 

 
palm civet in the evening 
 

 

By the way, to get between Lam Phra Pleng Lake and the northern entrance checkpoint to Khao Yai there is a perimeter dirt road which is much more interesting, it really is right on the boundary of the national park and stretches for 50k or so, at one or two occasions passing through barriers.  I am not sure if scooters or cars would be allowed through without permission, nobody stopped me on a bicycle.  I saw a couple of muntjac deer on this road and I'm sure there will be elephants at night.  It feels like you are in the heart of the forest even though you are right on the edge.  The road is on Google Maps, just zoom in, it traces the park boundary exactly.
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