Khao Yai National Park
I had the chance to visit Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest and largest National Park, during my trip in 2003 while I was in Thailand trying to set my job there.
The place is marvelous, especially the waterfalls and the forest, but actually I did not see many animals, probably I was expecting more.
History of Khao Yai starts in 1902, about 30 families from the south if Khao Yai moved into the Khao Yai hills.
In 1962 Khao Yai became the 1st National Park in Thailand.
Tropical moist evergreen forest covers the central area of the Park. The rich diversity of plants (about 2000 species) astound the new visitor.
Towering trees draped in mosses, climbers and epiphytes, orchids, tangled trunks of the strangling figs, drooping lianas and spiny rattan palms, delicate ferns, multicolored lichens and an ever-changing array of fungi.
There is always something new to discover in the forest. Dry evergreen forest and dry deciduous forest covers the lower slopes of the Park.
The wildlife in Khao Yai National Park is remarkable; there are 70 mammal species, at least 74 reptile species, 320 species of birds and more then one million insect eating bats live in a cave on the edge of the Park.
Gibbons provide an excellent morning wake-up call with their mournful hoots, macaques are often seen on the roadsides, wild elephants are sometimes spotted at salt-licks or on the road in the evenings.
Regretfully there are not enough available resource allocated in order to control and guarantee the security of the animals against the hunters and the smugglers.
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