fbpx
Site logo

--- Advertisement ---

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Camping in Khao Yai, Thailand

Camping in Khao Yai

In the cooler and drier months, it is highly enjoyable to spend some time getting to know Thailand’s great outdoors through camping – its jungle environments are thrilling and fascinating places for nature lovers. Of course, camping is also possible during the wet season, which peaks in September and October, but it is not recommended for families as it involves a host of logistical and safety challenges.

Thailand has many beautiful opportunities for camping in many of its national parks. There are over 120 national parks where camping is available. Most have large campgrounds with well-maintained facilities such as restrooms and running water access. Park rangers are always helpful if you encounter any problems. Equipment itself can be hired from camp headquarters, so you don’t even have to worry about the hassle of travelling with camping and outdoors gear.

One popular camping spot includes Khao Yai National Park, Thailand’s oldest and third largest park. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Khao Yai is a 2.5 to 3 hour drive from Bangkok. Staying within the park boundaries on dedicated campsites offers a great and inexpensive way to experience the jungle. In addition to trekking amid rich natural surroundings, you’ll likely spot dozens of deer and macaques, witness the whooping of gibbons, and maybe hear an elephant crushing through the undergrowth.

Where To Camp?

There are two main camping grounds in the national park: Pha Kluay Mai and Lam Takhong. Lam Takhong is more open while Pha Kluay Mai is surrounded by the jungle. Pha Kluay Mai is also located at the start of a 3 kilometre one-way trail along a river, ending at Heaw Suwat waterfall. Both offer toilet facilities, cold water showers, canteens, and equipment rentals such as tents in various sizes and sleeping bags and pillows. Once you have arrived, visit the park headquarters to pick up a map and get more information on each site and the various trails. Pay the camping fee, which is 30 baht per person per night basis, at each individual campsite office.

Weekdays will be much less crowded and peaceful than the weekends. Also, Khao Yai tends to get cold from evening until morning, especially in the winter months. Bring a warm clothing such as a hooded sweatshirt or sweater. Other useful items to bring include flashlights, extra blanket, hand sanitiser, insect repellent, baby wipes, small garbage bags, etc.

Where to Glamp?

If traditional style camping isn’t for you, then how about glamping? La La Mukha is a chic and family friendly tented camp resort built in contemporary architecture blended with African elements set within a lush tropical landscape on the outskirt of Khao Yai National Park. The tented resort is surrounded by the natural beauty of the sub-tropical forests and grasslands, overlooking the distanced lime-stone mountains. The resort features 31 well appointed tents complimented with supporting facilities and activities for a back-to-nature experience and childhood camping memories. For some extra family fun why not stay in one of their two floor tree houses for that real back to nature experience.

Camp Safety

There are some dangers to getting so close to the natural world in a jungle environment – there are venomous snakes, toxic insects, leeches, and mosquitoes that can carry diseases, among other hazards. However, be a smart traveller and you won’t have to worry too much about these threats. Always watch where you step or place your hand as you hike the trails, and you won’t step or touch anything potentially dangerous. Wear bug spray to repel mosquitoes, and consider spraying clothing with permethrin, a strong bug repellent that does not wash out. Zip up your tents at night, and sleep with a mosquito net over your head or entire sleeping bag.

Also, watch out for the deer and monkeys at both campsites — do not feed them as this will encourage groups of them to approach you. Never leave food in or around your tent when you’re not around, even for a short time; monkeys have been known to rip through tents to get to any food. Also, at Pha Kluay Mai, you’ll want to keep a distance from crocodiles that lounge by the river.

If you are keen for an adventure, and love the outdoors and all that it has to offer – look into camping in Khao Yai. You may just be surprised; there is no reason not to get out there and do something off the beaten path!

khao-yai-park-map2

Pssst... like what you're reading?

Join our community and never miss an event, post or update!

Just enter your email address below:

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Follow Us!

Upcoming Events

Recurring

VERSO International School – Little Explorers Playgroup

VERSO International School 198, Moo 4, Soi Sarasetthasiri, Suvarnabhumi 3 Road, Bangchalong, Bang Plee,, Samut Prakan, Samut Prakan, Thailand

Join the VERSO’s Little Explorers Playgroup and watch as your little explorer learns to crawl, walk, talk, and explore the world around them with confidence and joy.The Playgroup starts from […]

Free

Curtain Up Bkk – Weekly Classes

Curtain Up Bkk 1/4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, bangkok, Thailand

Join us for weekly classes!⁣ All classes consist of a 6-week program starting from 29th of April and ending on June 8th. Enjoy the variety of our programs focused on […]

฿6500 – ฿13000

Playmondo – Painting & Crafty Fun

Playmondo 2nd Floor, 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan,, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome the New School Term with Painting & Crafty Fun⁣ ⁣ Hey there, young artists! As we gear up for a brand-new school term, what better way to get back […]

Please Contact

Playmondo – Calling all little adventurers

Playmondo 2nd Floor, 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan,, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Join us as an explorer at Playmondo!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Calling all little adventurers to dress up as stylish detectives for our Explore & Snap activity!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Explore the AR Sandbox and […]

Please Contact

A Little Something Cooking School – Monster Baking Workshop

A Little Something Racquet Club Building 4, 2nd Floor, 165 Sukhum Vit 49, Khlongton-nuer, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

At this moment, no one is definitely hotter than this little guy! Special workshop, open for just 2 days, accepting no more than 6-8 people per class! There are both […]

฿1500
Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

Get the latest kid and family-friendly activities and events in your inbox every Thursday! No spam, guaranteed.

More information

You May Also Like...

Depressed teenage girl with body dysmorphia

Navigating Body Image

Editors Note : With thanks to St Andrews International School Bangkok We know that body image is a concern for many kids. It’s a common issue among young people that