16 Oct 2007 update
For those out of the beaten track adventure types we can arrange overnight jungle trek and camping in
Khao Yai national park. There are several 3 to 4 days hiking trails in the park. For example the eastern
part of the park offers leech-less place to trek. However wherever we want to go weather and river
conditions must be checked first. Also in Ayutthaya hotel or guesthouse stay instead of homestay can
be arranged. In fact we prefer to design the whole trip customised for your private group.
Khao Yai adventure and Ayutthaya culture, 5 days and 4 nights (whole year)
Pick you at your place in Bangkok in the morning and drive north about 200 km (3 hours drive) to Khao Yai national park.
We will check into a wooden house close to the headquarters.
After lunch we will talk with the park's guide over a map to plan our activities.
There are many things to do: study in the information center, treks and nature walks of 3 km to 8.5 km, waterfalls, wildlife watching, bird watching, etc. to name a few.
Today we will do a short trek of about 4 to 6 km. Our car will transport us to and from the start and end points.
After dinner we will have an hour night safary (spot lighting) tour in a pick up truck to look for animals at night time.
Sleep in the bungalow house.
Today we will do a long trek, probably the one right behind the headquarters to Haew Suwat waterfall. It is a 8.5 km trail which passes waterfalls, hills thick with tropical trees.
Listen to the sounds of birds, gibbons while following the trail. You need to have packed lunch box and water prepared. Total walking time shall be around 6 to 7 hours.
Car will meet us at Haew Suwat waterfall station and transfer to the bungalow house.
Free at your leisure and overnight.
Day 3 (D)
We will wake up early and get a transport to a place to walk 1.5 km to Nong Pat Chi wildlife watch tower. In the early morning we could see
lot of birds. Back to the bungalow for shower. After the breakfast we will leave Khao Yai national park for Ayutthaya.
We will drive about 180 km (2.5 hours) to a district called Sena (about 20 km west of Ayutthaya). There are paddy fields, home grown fruits and vegatable, canals used for the transport,
Thai style wooden houses built on stilts along the waterways. Even though they now have roads, cars and motorcycles the life and scene still represent some memory of old time Thai culture.
The air is fresh and clean.
We will stay at a local house tonight. In the afternoon we will have a boat to explore along the canal. Local dinner will be provided.
Day 4 (B)
We will wake up early to go out to a canal and offer some food to the monks who come by in a boat, before our own breakfast.
Say good bye to the host family and head to Ayutthaya. After checking into the hotel we will tour old temples of Ayutthaya
in the ruins of old palace walls.
Overnight hotel in Ayutthaya.
Day 5 (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We will come back to Bangkok. On the way we will visit Bang Pa-Inn summer palace used by former Thai Kings.
Transfer you to your place in Bangkok.
1. Air-con van car, driver, fuel oil for the whole trip
2. English speaking local guide traveling together
3. National park's ranger guide for trekking
4. Wooden bungalow house in Khao Yai (bed room, bedding, private bathroom, running water, electricity)
5. National park entrance fees, night spot light tour
6. Home stay (bedding and mosquito nets) with dinner and breakfast, boat
7. U-Thong Inn hotel standard twin rooms with breakfast, in Ayutthaya
8. Entrance fees at Ayutthaya and Bang Pa-Inn
9. Travel accident insurance
Cost Please contact us for price, latest possible program which may be different from above, etc.
This is just a sample program. We can design a customised travel plan to suit your likes, number of people,
available times and weather. Instead of bungalow stay you can do jungle camping to be able to go deep into
the forest. You will then be far from the other tourists, and increase the chance to see rare plants and
possibly wild animals. It will also give you survival skill, finding dead wood, building fire safely and cooking,
environmental awareness, and closer friendship with the local forest ranger guide.
We are also able to arrange hotel in Ayutthaya, Bangkok, etc.
Things to bring
- Back pack
- Clothes to change (a set of warm clothing for winter: October to January)
- Hiking shoes and sandals
- Insect repellants (herbal types is prefered)
- Torch lights, spare batteries
- Rain coat for rainy season (June to November)
- Personal medicines
- Some Thai Baht cash