Encompassing forests, grasslands and the western portion of Thailand's Sankamphaeng Mountains, the beautiful Khao Yai National Park is a feast for the adventurous appetite just 2.5 hours northeast of Bangkok. Its manageable high-peaks Khao Rom and Khao Lam top out above 1,300 m (4,260 ft), offering excellent views of the surrounding countryside. These hikes can last anywhere from several hours to several days and often take you past some of the numerous beautiful waterfalls in Khao Yai, including the unmistakable Haew Suwat falls, themselves a big draw for visitors to the park.
Feel like getting out on the water? Rafting the rapids of the Kang Hin Perng during Thailand's rainy season (roughly May - October) has become a popular activity for those in need of a rush, and can easily be arranged at the park office. There are also plenty of paved roads for some scenic motorcycle riding (keep your eyes open for parades of wild elephants), as well as several camp sites within Khao Yai to accommodate those who are in no rush to trade the beauty of the Thai wilderness for the congestion of downtown Bangkok. Check out our links for more info and enjoy.