July class visited the Khao Yai National Park and had a blast.

Karen and Elyse came back with some tips for future students doing a weekend trip to the Park.

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The Khao Yai National Park was beautiful and is highly recommended to visit and stay a couple of nights.

A couple of tips are below:

  • Stay in the park. The lodges are great. They have sheets, pillows, blankets, towels and hot water, but no toilet paper so bring some.
  • Don’t forget booze and cards or an arsenal of drinking games for the nighttime.
  • Bring snacks
  • You can hire a guide at the park for 1000 baht a day. He really just picks you up at your lodge, drives you around and drops you off at the different trailheads, but it’s worth it because the park is pretty big and it would be difficult to walk everywhere. It would be worth it to check into how much it would be to rent a car or scooters in Pak Chang and drive yourself around. It would probably be more fun that way and possibly cheaper.
  • The private minivan transport from Pak Chang to Sikhiu is 30 baht and a pretty fast trip.
  • Bring warm clothes for nighttime, rain gear, boots from the free/swap shop if they have them and mosquito repellent (not really for mosquitos, but for the leeches in rainy season). Also check the Rak swap shop for leech guards from previous trips. If you need to buy them (in rainy season only) they are 70 baht.
  • You can’t swim in any of the waterfalls because it is too dangerous
  • If the visitor’s center recommends a guide for a trek (such as trek #5), get one. They are not trying to push a guide on you unnecessarily to make money. You really do need one. And they can point out cools plants, animals, insects, etc.
  • The night tour for 500 baht per truck was cool, but we really didn’t see too much stuff, just some deer which we saw plenty during the day.

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Have fun!

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