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Khao Yai National Park is located in 4 provinces, 11 districts: which are Muaklek and Kaengkoy districts, Saraburi province; Paakchong and Wungnamkiew districts, Nakornradchasima province; Nadi, Kabinburi, Prajantakam, and Muang Prajinburi districts, Prajinburi province; Paakpli, Banna, and Muang Nakornnayok, Nakornnayok province. This park is the first national park of Thailand. It is entitled a national park on 18 September, 1962. The park is also known as ASEAN’s world heritage.
Khao Yai National Park has 2,168 square kilometers, and consists of many types of forests such as mixed deciduous forest, dry evergreen forest, hill evergreen forest, steppes, and tropical rain forest. These forests are in 400 to 1,000 meters high altitude from average sea level. There are about 3,000 species of plants, 250 species of birds, and 27 species of mammals like elephants, tigers, gibbons, deer, and boars. All of which can be found almost every acre of the park.
Mountains and peaks
1. Khao Rom: This is the highest peak of the park. It is 1,351 high from average sea level, and can be spotted from Thanaratch road. The mountain is in parallel with Khao Kiew. Visitors can only access this mountain on foot, which few ever succeed in getting to the peak. Those few are mostly rangers in the park.
2. Khao Laem: The name of this mountain comes from its pointy peak, Laem means pointy in Thai. This is the second highest mountain in the park, and the access is also on foot only which is very difficult to reach the top. It takes about 7 hours or more to get to the top, and visitors have to climb the rope to get to the top. With the difficulty of this trek, the Rotary organization had rewarded the woman who succeeded in climbing this mountain in 1972 for 60,000 Baht. Her name is Catherine B. Buri. The importance of this mountain is the trekking pass is crossing the animals hunting routes. Visitors can see footprints of animals and might see some animals in some occasion.
3. Khao Kiew: This Mountain creates a ridge along the park which can be seen from Nakornnayok province. Cars are accessible here. On top of the mountain, there is an air force’s satellite station, and also a view point for visitors to observe the Diew Dai Cliff’s natural study trekking route. The view here is spectacle to behold.
4. Khao Samyod: This Mountain is located in the north-eastern part of the park. It is the source of many important creeks and streams in the park. There are lots of animals here. It takes about 6 to 8 hours to get to the top, and the path is home to many blood sucking leeches, visitors should beware of these leeches.
5. Khao Fahpah: It is located in the north-eastern part of the park as well. This place is a source of Nangrong stream, which becoming the Nangrong Falls in Nakornnayok province. This place also has a radio station that belongs to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand. To access this place, visitors have to drive car on the dirt road.
6. Khao Gumpaeng: This Mountain gets its name from its wall like feature. It is a source of many important streams like Praplerng, Prayatarn, Lumsaiyai, etc.
7. Khao Samerpoon: It can be seen from Prajinburi and Nakornnayok province. Villagers aroun this area call it The High Mountain. The path to this mountaintop was created by locals in the past, and still accessible in the present. This path is also a shortcut Hewnarok Falls.
8. Khao Kaew: It is in the north part of this park, and a source of Klong Maduer and Jedkod streams.
More interesting places in this park are Hewnarok Falls, Pah Gluaymai Falls, Hewsuwat Falls, Pah Diewdai viewpoint, Pah Tromjai viewpoint, Saisorn Water Reserve, Nhong Pakshi Fields, Viewpoint tower, and Jai Por Khao Yai Shrine’s viewpoint.