Khao Yai Garden Lodge (Thailand)

I called Khao Yai Garden Lodge in the last minute. Literally before me and my friend got on the bus from Korat. Fortunately, they have available room. They offer free pick up from Pak Chong. I called them again when we arrived Pak Chong and just after 20 minutes wait, their truck arrived.

I did not expect their location to be along the main road and beside a gas station where there is 7 Eleven. I always prefer a place with a nearby convenience store so this is a plus for me.

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I immediately liked this place right when we got off the truck. We were welcomed with drinks and smiling staff.

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We got the backpacker’s room for 350 baht per night. Simple and small but they provide toiletries, towels and water. We have a shared bathroom which was not bad. It is spacious and clean.

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They have a relaxing swimming pool and the garden is just beautiful.

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The restaurant in the hotel offers variety of food. We ate here during our stay. Almost all the staff is friendly and can speak and understand english.

We availed their tours and it was pretty awesome. You can read here: https://iamryshel.com/2015/02/12/khao-yai-national-park-tour-thailand/

Below are their room rates and contact information.

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They also offer free transportation back to Pak Chong at 9:30AM and 1PM. We left in the morning and the staff bid us good bye.

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I highly recommend this place to people visiting Khao Yai National Park.

Khao Yai National Park Tour (Thailand)

I availed the half day bat cave tour and the full day jungle tour for 1600 baht through Khao Yai Garden Lodge.

I did the bat cave tour on my first day in Khao Yai. The lodge’s truck was full. We had Tuk as our tour guide. We left at 3PM and just after 10mins drive we arrived in our first stop, the natural spring water. We were only given 30mins. Just enough to change clothes, get wet and take picture.

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We then saw two buddhist temples. One inside a cave where we saw some bats.

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The second was on a hill.

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We then headed to the highlight of our bat cave tour, to see the bats swarm just before dark. They said there are millions but there is no way to prove that. There was definitely a lot of bats though.

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Seeing them come out of this hill which is their cave was just nice.

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And of course, there was this beautiful sunset.

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The next morning, we left at 8AM for the full day jungle tour. Bonsai was our tour guide here. Our first stop was this view point.

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We then headed to the visitor’s center for toilet and to buy some drinks or snacks. We saw couple of deers here.

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Now, it’s time for the 3 hour trek in the jungle.

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I’m sure everyone was hoping to see some interesting creatures here. We only saw hornbill and gibbons swinging in the trees though. And of course, monkeys along the way.

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We went up to the watch tower on our way back to the truck. The view was just beautiful after that 3 hours trek.

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We went back to the visitor’s center for lunch. We had fried noodles and fruits.

Next stop is the first waterfall.

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Then the big waterfall which was a few kilometers drive from the first waterfall.

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We were given an hour. It takes at least 20mins to get to the waterfall and there were a little bit challenging stairs.

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On our way out, a tour guide suddenly asked us to hurry up because there was an elephant. I ran! Luckily, I was able to snap a picture of this male elephant just before he stepped inside the forest.

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I’ve seen elephants before. In the zoo or some tourist place for elephant riding. Seeing an elephant walking slowly on the road and getting into the forest was just unique.

That’s the end of the tour. It was tiring. It was fun. 1600 baht was definitely worth it.