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The Khao Yai National Park is limited by four Provinzes of Thailand.

These are Korat, Saraburi (which are to the north respectively to the west of the Park) as well as Nakhon Nayok and Prachin Buri (which are to the south of the Khao Yai National Park.

The southern Provinces are hardly mentioned in travel guides in combination with the National Park, though they can be reached comfortably from Bangkok.

 
Khao Yai Nationalpark
Khao Yai Nationalpark
Suedtor Khao Yai Nationalpark
The south gate of the Khao Yai
 
This is why especially the southern Provinces of Nakhon Nayok and Prachin Buri still present themselves in a state that has not yet been distorted by tourism, they still have their original charme that made Thailand famous as the land of smile.

The Palm Garden Lodge at Prachin Buri is only 7 km (4.5 miles) away from the southern entry of the National Park and therefore the Park can be reached very quickly from the Lodge.

In the early 60s, the Khao Yai was declared National Park and so it is one of Thailand's eldest Nature Protection Reservates. Certainly this is one of the reasons why in this natural oasis in the northwest of Bangkok some specimens of rare and even endangered plants and animals still feel indigenous. In the year 2005 the Khao Yai Nationalpark was explained of the UNESCO as the world heritage.

The Khao Yai National Park forms the transition from Thailand's central plain to the Khorat Plateau of the Isaans. While approaching the Khao Yai from Bangkok, the National Park's Mountains rise from the plain in an impressive manner.

 
Khao Yai Nationalpark
Khao Yai Nationalpark
Haew Suwat
Haew Suwat
 
Due to the considerable differences in elevation above sea level on a relatively small area, there area various vegetation zones like permanent rain forest, dry areas, deciduous forests and heathlands. Especially these various vegetation zones supply this region with a diversity of species that can not often be found in Thailand.

For example, in the National Park there are more than 2000 different plants and about 300 bird species.