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DAY 4: KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK

 
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A SPRING SWIM & BATS GALORE

You’re leaving Bangkok behind today and heading to KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK, a wildlife-rich expanse of steaming jungle, dry forests and open grassland, and the best place in Thailand to see elephants in the wild. The park is located 180km northeast of the capital; it can take a while to get beyond Bangkok’s suburbs, but once you’re out into the Central Plains, it won’t be too long before the limestone mountains that define Khao Yai loom into view.

Save the park proper for tomorrow, and spend this afternoon exploring its surroundings instead. Green Leaf Tours run excellent small-group trips [half-day tour starts at 3pm | ฿500, under-10s ฿250; combined 1.5-day tour ฿1500/750] that include swimming in a freshwater spring and visits to a couple of caves. Most children will enjoy the novelty of taking a quick dip in the spring’s clear waters (note that there are no changing facilities), but the caves are the real highlight. You’ll venture deep into a subterranean cavern filled with bats and Buddha statues before travelling on to another cave to watch the sun set as a million bats stream across the sky on the hunt for insects. Depending on your guide, this can be quite a “hands on” tour, so don’t be surprised if even the most cautious of your kids ends up holding a millipede, a stick insect or even a giant cave-dwelling whip spider before the day is out.


TOP TIP The quickest and most convenient way to get to Khao Yai National Park is by private MPV; Gibbon Cab charge ฿2300 for the door-to-door transfer (around 2 hours 30 minutes) in a 5-seater van.


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