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Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

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Published by M.G. Edwards
A travelogue with photos about Khao Yai National Park in northeast Thailand.
A travelogue with photos about Khao Yai National Park in northeast Thailand.

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Published by: M.G. Edwards on Jun 29, 2012
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This is the final article about the Khao Yai area in  Nakhon Ratchasima ,a province in northeast  Thailand .The first post featured  Palio Khao Yai ,an Italian-themed village, and the second  Farm Chokchai
 ,home to Thailand’s largest dairy ranch. This article
land’s oldest and second largest national park covering
2,168 square kilometers (1,350 square miles) in the foothills of the Dong Phaya YenMountains.It lies two hours by car northeast of  Bangkok  and is a popular getaway destination.The Royal Thai government designated Khao Yai a national park in 1962. In 1984, theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations named it an ASEAN Heritage Park ,and in 2005, UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site under the name Dong Phaya Yen-Khao Yai
Forest Complex, noting that it “contains more than 800 fauna species, including 112
species of mammals, 392 species of birds and 200 reptiles and amphibians. It isinternationally important for the conservation of globally threatened and endangeredmammal, bird and reptile species that are recognised as being of outstanding universal
value. This includes 1 critically endangered, 4 endangered and 19 vulnerable species.”
The name
“Khao Yai” originated from a small mountain township (in Thai, 
) incorporated in 1922 and abolished a decade later when the residents were relocated tothe nearby plain.Humans and animals continued to co-exist in the area after the national park was
established. In addition to small villages along the park’s feeder roads, large
-scaledevelopments, from dairy farms and wineries to hotel resorts and residentialcommunities, have sprung up in and around Khao Yai. This has led to debates over landuse, local development, conservation, environmental sustainability, and wildlifeprotection.We spent a weekend in February 2012 camping near the park. It was an odd setting for acamping trip as we stayed in tents on the grounds of  Cabbages & Condoms Resort (also
known as “C&C” for those who avoid mentioning its full name). Camping on manicured
lawns on a terraced hillside amid uniform palm trees in the shadow of a Buddhistmonastery was a far cry from the wilderness camping that I enjoyed while growing up inthe western United States. Nevertheless, it was an excellent introduction to camping and
“roughing it” for my youn
g son.
 
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During our campout, we went hiking in the park and enjoyed its scenic beauty. The trailpassed through subtropical forest that reminded me I was in Southeast Asia.

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