Hi, we will be going to this park in Dec and have a few questions:
1. I know that there's a few easy hiking route that do not require a guide. Any idea if theses routes has sufficient signages to guide us in and out of the park?
2. Do all routes start off from the Visitor Centre?
3. I plan to do a walk (in and out) for about 3 hours as I have a little boy who may not walk for too long. Is that a decent amount of time for any of the route?
Unfortunately the signs are only good at the beginning of the trail, not all trails have English directions. Only Thai.
As the Khao Yai National Park is really huge and wide, best recommendation is still to engage a guide (not expensive, but safe) work out with him/her on the route you and family would like to trek, and in the event of heavy rain etc in Dec, how to backtrack or take alternate paths back to shelter. (Dec could be the Monsoon period in Thailand, may hit the area you wanted to go).
Keep safe and having a local guide is always safest approach.
If you need recommendation for a English speaking guide, ping me. I can recommend you our guide.
The park is pretty huge and I did not see any signs for trekking. Unless you are a very season trekker I suggest you do not venture in without a guide as there are wild animals and I did see a viper on the tree spotted by some foreign students doing some kind of preservation work. Without venturing into the forest we had chance to spot deers that are moving or resting around every toilet areas. We were there with a private mini bus and driver.
There were no sign posts that we could see. If not for the guides we would not have been able to find our way out.
I went here on 30th April 2019 with a private car and driver since I'm only came to Khao Yai for a day trip. Khao Yai National Park is very big, how long you want to do the hiking is depend on you. I started my journey at the entrance of the park where you pay for the entrance ticket. Then my driver is guiding me to the few spots that I want, so I only do a short hiking only. I suggest that you used a private car and driver if you bring a small boy or hire a guide over there if you decided to stay and camp there. If you go on the long hiking trails it might be dangerous if you don't have a guide.
I would strongly recommend taking a guide, as a guide will help keep you safe and spot all of the many wonders of Khao Yai. I would spend as much time in the park as you can, since it is a special place. The guide can drive you to a few key places which will keep the young boy from getting tired or will give him a place to rest if he needs a nap. They can also drive you to lunch in the park.
Hi. I'm sure there are others better informed, but in my experience in March the main waterfall trails are not marked along the route, but are so well traveled that there is no question about where to go. However if you are to venture beyond the most heavily visited waterfall trails, a guide is a good and advisable investment for your safety, as the trails can be easily confused with the animal trails and there are gaurs and other large animals that could be harmful. With a small boy along, choose wisely. The park is beautiful and there is much to see. Even on the main trails, we observed water dragons and vipers.
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