Khao Yai National Park is the second Thai destination to feature in the third annual TIME Magazine list of the World’s Greatest Places.
Main picture Khao Yai National Park, Thailand credit sk on flickr
TIME compiled the lists following nominations from its international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park, it is the third largest national park in Thailand. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. The main checkpoint of the park is 180km from Bangkok.
TIME Magazine said:
“Thailand’s most cherished natural wonders benefited from the pause in international and domestic tourism.
Rangers in Khao Yai National Park—a vast expanse of forest and grassland indented by rushing rivers and spectacular waterfalls—have reported an uptick in wildlife sightings during the pandemic, featuring a cast of animals including the Asian black bear and the gaur, the world’s largest bovine.
Indeed, authorities are doubling down on efforts to preserve the area’s majesty—a recent, well-publicized initiative returned left-behind garbage to litterers’ homes.
The park has also seen another kind of growth with hotel openings such as the all-villa Roukh Kiri Khao Yai and the upcoming InterContinental Khao Yai National Park, which will feature upcycled train cars that have been transformed into luxury suites.TIME Magazine
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