Thailand: in the heart of the Khao Yai National Park. An unbeatable option if you are a low-budget birder with no hang-ups. It’s brilliantly located for birding. You can spend several hours biriding around the campsite looking for amazing species like Siberian Blue Robin and Blue Pitta, or Coral-billed Ground-cuckoo.
There are also several trails and the access road to the campsite. At night, you can watch Malayan Porcupine cross the campsite a few metres from the cabins and you waking up to the howls of gibbons in the surrounding forest is an unforgettable experience.
It’s not necessary to bring your own tent, as you can hire one, including mattresses. The fee is about 240Baht per couple per night inc. tent (2010).
The bathrooms are very basic and you should bear in mind the probability of sharing that space with all sorts of beasties.
Lighting is almost non-existent so make sure you bring a headtorch.
Although the barriers open at 530am and close at 930pm, if you arrive earlier or later, you can just leave your car next to the barrier as it is right beside the campsite.
Food is not very good in general inside the National Park, with poor choice and bad service. You should bring your own food for your entire stay. You could also eat in a restaurant next to the main road outside the park, although on returning you could be restricted by closing times or a herd of Asian Elephant…