In Thailand, elephants are animals that are represented everywhere, in paintings, sculptures and even on venerated clothes. Most of the major tourist destinations in the country have elephant camps where people can spend time with these sweet creatures. Visits to these camps allow visitors to engage in activities such as feeding and bathing elephants.
However, if you want to see the Southeast Asian elephants in their natural environment, then the place you should consider visiting is Khao Yai National Park . Here you will see these revered animals going about creeks and waterfalls freely. There are around 200-300 wild elephants living in Khao Yai National Park .
This national park is located about 200 kilometers from the capital Bangkok, and is the first national park of Thailand. There are many operators and tourist agencies in Bangkok that organize full day tours in this park. The tour usually includes the opportunity to go for an elephant ride through the thick jungle of the park. The humble village Pak Chongis the gateway to the national park. You can also buy supplies and food to bring to the park. Pak Chong also has a festive daily market that offers a range of crafts and merchandise. In addition to elephants, the National Park is also home to other tropical animals such as monkeys, black bears from Asia, Malayan bears, leopards and various species of birds of prey: a beautiful video of the park .
Khao Yai National Park is also famous for its majestic waterfalls. But if you only have time to see one, then it must be Haew Narok , which happens to be the largest set of waterfalls in the area. It is also the best place to spot elephants. You can reach Haew Narok by a 600-meter hiking trail. The trail is not as isolated as you might think, you will find a toilet and even a restaurant along the way.
A second waterfall that is very popular among tourists is that of Haew Suwat . This stunt was featured in The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Other waterfalls worth visiting if you have free time are Nam Tok Haeo Prathun , Nam Tok Haeo Sai and Nam Tok Pa Kluai , also known as the Orchid Waterfall.
Visit Khao Yai National Park in Thailand
If possible, enter the park early in the morning, and you can easily spend the whole day without ever getting bored. Khao Yai National Park opens at 08:00. The entrance fee to the park is 400 THB (10 €) for adults and 200 THB (5 €) for children. But if one day seems too short in the arms of Mother Nature, you have the opportunity to camp in two designated areas of the park. If you do not have camping equipment or do not want to carry all the material on you; Park sites happily rent tents, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags. The sounds of the jungle are very soothing in the night; and waking up at sunrise on the green landscape is truly breathtaking