Chanced upon this great video by thesmartlocal.com which highlights the beauty of Khao Yai, Thailand.
Palio Village in Khao Yai – A Tuscan Village Near Bangkok (images courtesy of AsiaWebDirect)
Palio is a picturesque shopping centre, 220km north-east of Bangkok, themed around a Tuscan village where visitors are treated to an out-of-the-ordinary combination of clothes and gift shopping, gourmet snacks, live entertainment and an eclectic mix of independent shops and stalls. The grand idea has been to bring the charm of Tuscany to the green heart of Thailand. Both places share a cool, sunny climate and both grow wine – although not to the same distinction.
The real charm of Palio comes from soaking up the atmosphere and trying to capture it on film. Sketch artists, clowns, musicians and masquerading Venetian ladies stroll around the market and are happy to have their picture taken with visitors. The carnival atmosphere is best felt in the central Piazza Palio, where a number of bars and coffee shops surround a fountain, characters perform for the amusement of the visitors and classical music is piped in through hidden speakers. It’s an enchanting experience.
Khao Yai National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Thailand
Khao Yai National Park is an oasis teeming with wildlife and primeval jungles. At the foot of the mountain, you can already feel the drop in temperature and refreshing scents of damp earth as you approach the park’s main gate, where the entrance fee is collected. The contrast is more noticeable if you take the Pakchong route, cutting through a large section of Saraburi’s unsightly industrial estate.
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. Khao Yai is just 3 hours away from Bangkok.
The park covers an area of 2,168 square kilometres, including rain/evergreen forests and grasslands. 1,351 m high Khao Rom is the highest mountain within the park. The average altitude of the national park ranges from 400 to 1000 m above the sea level.
The national park is home to around 300 resident and migratory birds and has one of Thailand’s largest populations of hornbills. Some of the interesting birds that can be found in the park are barbets, scarlet minivets, broadbills, pittas, mountain scops-owls, great slaty woodpeckers, collared owlets, blue-winged leafbirds, Asian fairy bluebirds, trogons, drongos and magpies. Many ground dwelling birds such as silver pheasants, junglefowls, green-legged partridges and siamese fireback are common on the roads and trails. Best time to visit Khao Yai for birdwatching is during the dry months and during March April when the big bird migration happens.
Some common mammals include elephants, bears, gaurs, barking deers, otters, gibbons and macaques. There haven’t been any sign of tiger activity in the park for a while, but camera traps has revealed a significant tiger population in neighbouring Thap Lan and Pang Sida National Park. The park has only one crocodile in the national park and it can be seen on same location along the one of trails. According guides operating in the park, the crocodile was released to the park by the park rangers.
Khao Yai is also a good destination for watching reptiles. The best time is around March-April but with still good activity until October, during the cold seasons it takes a bit more effort to spot them. Reticulated python, Ahaetulla prasina, Chinese ratsnake, Chinese water dragon, water monitor and crested lizards are only few of many species that can be found in the park.
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