We start early with a transfer (about 2.5 hours) to Khao Yai, Thailand's first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park is a wildlife haven and has some of the least disturbed and most accessible forest in the country. It is a must-see for animal lovers as it is one of the best places in Asia to spot a variety of wildlife. While the exact type of wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, wild elephants, gibbons, hornbills, Sambar Deer, macaques and many more animals can be spotted. Your expert guide and ranger will be on hand to point out everything and answer all your questions!
At the park entrance, meet your local ranger who, as well as ensuring safety, guide us on a non-public trail to the ranger base. Rangers spend their days and nights here, protecting the animals and the environment. These rangers are essential to the future of Thailand's wildlife.
During the trek, it feels like you have the jungle to yourself. The Rangers, whose lives are intimately intertwined with this environment, show you animal tracks, often including elephants. They point out broken honeycomb at the base of trees to provide evidence of a recent visit of the sweet toothed sun-bear. You will learn about flora and fauna, some jungle survival skills and forage for edible weeds that supplement lunch which the ranger prepares over an open fire. On the way back, pass watering holes with a salt lick site, to maximize the chance to see wildlife and admire a beautiful waterfall. In the afternoon, depart and enjoy the scenic drive through the countryside back to your hotel in Bangkok.