The entrance to Khao Yai National Park is located in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, or Khorat.
As the “Gateway to Isan - Northeast Thailand”, the provincial capital can be reached by many means, including private car, public bus, and train.
Once there, it may be easier to get around with your own car. For those who don’t want to drive or have a car, there are song thaeo (pick-up truck with two benches), motorbike taxi, and tuk-tuk.
Route 1: Take Highway
No. 1 (Phahonyothin Road) from Bangkok to Saraburi and then take Highway
No. 2 (Mittraphap Highway) from Saraburi to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 259 kilometers. To get to Khao Yai, take the turnoff in Pak Chong and follow Route 2090 south of the northern park entrance
Route 2: Take Highway
No. 304 from Bangkok and proceed past Min Buri, Chachoengsao, Phanom Sarakham, Kabin Buri, and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima. The total distance is 273 kilometers. Turn off onto Route 3077 to the park entrance.
Route 3: Take the Bangkok-Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok route and then take Highway No. 33 to Kabin Buri and finally Highway No. 304 past Wang Nam Khiao and Pak Thong Chai to Nakhon Ratchasima. Turn off onto Route 3077 to the park entrance.
Express, rapid and ordinary trains bound to Nong Khai (North) and for Ubon Ratchathani (East) depart Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station daily. The trip takes five to six hours. Schedules and fares can be found at www.railway. co.th/English. You can also contact the State Railway of Thailand at
tel: +66 (0) 2222 0175, (0) 2621 8701, (0) 2220 4567
You can get off at Pak Chong then take a
song thaeo from there.
The Transport Co., Ltd has both airconditioned and regular buses departing from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) daily. Air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok every 10 minutes all day for the 3.30-hour trip, and the fare is around THB160. Non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok every hour from 05.00 AM to 08.00 PM, but these trips take 4.30 hours, and the fare is around THB90. Buses arrive at Khorat’s bus terminal on Mittraphap Highway. For information, call +66 (0) 2936 2852-66. To get to Khao Yai, get off at Pak Chong where you can get a song thaeo to the park headquarters. It is also possible to take a bus from Mo Chit to Naresuan Junction, and then take a song thaeo from there.
How to Get Around:
Traveling around city is easy with many mini- and local buses operating in the city with fares is not expensive, including comfortable air-conditioned buses.
A more convenient way to get around is to take a tuk-tuk or samlor in the city. Samlors charge around THB20, while tuk-tuks cost THB40 to most places (THB30 for a short hop and THB50 to 60 for longer trips). The rate for motorbike taxis is within the same range (towards the lower end). Be ready to bargain!
If traveling to another district, it is possible to take either a bus or mini-bus at Bus Terminal 1 on Burin Road. Bus Terminal 2 only provides bus services to Phimai District and Dan Kwian-Chok Chai. For information, call Bus Terminal 1 on Burin Road, tel. +66 (0) 4424 2899 and (0) 4426 8899 and Bus Terminal 2 on the Mittraparp-Khon Kaen Road, tel. +66 (0) 4425 6006-9 ext. 175, 176 (air-conditioned), 178 (regular).