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Someone visiting from abroad asked me to help organize a two-day Khao Yai trip towards end of January 2017. Here I find recommendations for Khaoyai Nature Life & Tours and for Balios Resort.

It seems I should book quickly for those high season days. Before I choose between those 2, does anybody have any alternative recommendation? Below 2,000 THB a night, if possible (those 2 are both above). Doesn't have to be necessarily at the park's gate: Pak Chong town would do, as long as they offer tour packages.
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I've stayed at the Romantic Resort in Khao Yai, which isn't too far from the park entrance, on the road leading from highway 2 and I would personally highly recommend it. Price as always depends on what is being charged at the time of booking, I paid circa 2000 baht. I would imagine all the hotels offer the same tour packages. Have you spoken to Waterheart who now seems to spend half her life leading tours in the park!  ;D


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I stayed here http://www.escape-hotel.com/khaoyai/en/: very nice, but more expensive than your budget figure. Maybe you can call and negotiate, but I agree that Waterheart is your best source of good information!


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I have a friend who is the owner of http://www.lilawalai.com/
There are many styles of rooms in a large area. The Thai House Style costs about 1500-1800-2200 B for low-high season with air-conditioned and 500 B with fan.

She often asks me to help her for meeting group or foreign groups check in. So I know everything , I can get to every parts of this resort and sleep in very rooms. I mean clean rooms , clean kitchen , good quality of materials , delicious food , nice 30 workers who have positive thinking due to the very nice owner. I've known her about 5 years.

Her name is Siriporn or Aew แอ๋ว. You can refer my name Pookie so that she knows you're my friend. She is very kind and can give you discount if you stay 2-3 nights. I often recommend this place to my friends and I don't ask for commission , just let her knows that I tell good places to others.

If you need a tour , you can book from here. The tour guides are my friends too. Or you can book my name.  ;D
Khun Siriporn is a very good in English because she used to live in USA and she has a tour guide license too.
 
I like this resort very much so I've posted on facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/thai.pookie/media_set?set=a.1157535247642334.1073741903.100001576088280&type=3

http://www.facebook.com/thai.pookie/media_set?set=a.636481329747731.1073741851.100001576088280&type=3

For Khaoyai Nature Life & Tours which I was a tour guide.
I took some friends visit and select between Lilawai Resort and here then they selected Lilawai Resort.
I should give you right information although I posted this resort in forum.
The workers were 6 Cambodian who were arrested last month so now 2 of owner have to clean resort.
It's small kitchen with save budget. I saw they kept some pieces of food on customer finished-dish back to refrigelator.  Umm... as I wrote above I can get everywhere. They prepare a breakfast dish for a customer. If there are 15-20 customers in Lilawai Resort , Buffet breakfast will be in service with Doi Tung coffee.     
 
I visit there for tour guide job and now I seldom work there because they want me stay there all month without salary. I have trip I get paid. If no trip , I have to help them clean resort and take care customers without paid. I'm a freelance tour guide , I think I can take any trips from any tour companies and I can work for other part time jobs.  ;D

I hope that above can be good recommendation.
I know another place which I never visit but you can refer my name because we met before.
It is Khaoyai Country Hill Resort. It's not in Khao Yai main road. It's near PB's Valley which is far about 23 km.
The owner is Chanidapa Buaon , ชนิดาภา บัวอ่อน
http://www.facebook.com/Khaoyai-Country-Hill-Resort-เขาใหญ่คันทรีฮิลล์-รีสอร์ท-138436382886222/?ref=br_rs&pnref=lhc

If you don't mind 500 B per night , you can visit "Teak Villa" which is very close to Khao Yai Park about 2-3 km.
A room for 2 person , no breakfast but near local market.
The owner is Taen , แตน. Also tell her that you know me.

One is http://www.sankhaoyaitour.com/?page_id=299
It's very close to Khao Yai Park too. You can book a tour and rent car or motorcycle.
A room costs 600 B , 2 persons , no breakfast. But you can order form kitchen or walk 50 m to local market.
The owner name San ,  สัน 086-2457882 Then tell him my name. He will service you extra.

Finally, I don't get any commission. It's my nature to do good to friends , want everybody feel happy. I'm happy too.   
Have a good trip.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2016, 06:22:51 PM by waterheart »
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Thank you very much for replies. I checked quickly Romantic Resort: fully booked those days. Escape Khao Yai: too expensive (over 3,000). Lilawalai: sounds good although Website apparently out of date, prices shown on Booking.com higher than what mentioned by Waterheart. Waterheart: you deserve a medal. I will contact you privately.
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Thank you very much Khun Anton.
I hope that you have a great time there and you may be back to give some recommendation for KF members after you visit there , including service of a tour.
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Botanica is also nice... quiet.... can walk to night market near 7-11....



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Botanica is also nice... quiet.... can walk to night market near 7-11....

Thanks geNe, unfortunately also this one above available budget, but good to know anyway.
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A bit of feedback on this now that my visitors left.

Hotel:

At first I had chosen Lilawalai as recommended by Waterheart. They were asking 1,700 THB per room, including American breakfast (no buffet, no photo available according to them). But they wanted me to pay 50% at once for confirmation, which was too soon for me to do: it was about 2 months early and I was still waiting for final confirmation from my visitors. I told them so but didn't get a reply.

One month later, on 22 December, I was ready for final confirmation for 22 and 23 January, and I was ready to pay 50%: I recontacted Lilawalai but didn't get any reply. I sent a reminder, but no reply. So I resorted to booking.com and finally opted for The Pino Hotel, downtown Pakchong, at a walking distance from the back side of Pakchong railways station (Placemark in annex). It's a new hotel opened 2 years ago with high rating on booking.com. It was a little less expensive than Lilawalai at 1,650 THB per room, including buffet breakfast. After booking rooms online, I was able to contact The Pino Hotel through Line and I remained in touch with a helpful receptionist who did her best to answer all of my questions (in Thai). For the records, Lilawalai finally recontacted me too late, on 4 January.

Now I can say I was happy with my choice, rooms and service at The Pino were worth the price. Unfortunately the hotel location is not served by public transport and you need to take a taxi for it - unless arriving by train, crossing the rails on foot and walking just under 400 meters. I didn't see any taximeter car in Pakchong and it seems they all charge you a one-off fee of 100 THB for downtown destinations. Another remark is that I wouldn't stay at The Pino for over 2-3 days as there was noise coming from nearby railways station since early morning. You find them on booking sites. I annex a photo of their card although their Website is not opening on my browser.

Tour:

My visitors finally opted for a one-day tour only. At first I had chosen Sankhaoyai as recommended by Waterheart. Thanks to Waterheart, I was able to contact and communicate with Sankhaoyai through Line, more in Thai than in English. I found that, in addition to the tour's fee, they were asking an unreasonable (to me) amount of money for the pick up from Pakchong. So, as I had just booked rooms at The Pino Hotel, I thought about asking the above-mentioned receptionist if they were organizing tours, too. Answer was no, but she addressed me to another tour agent: Bobbys, run by an English speaking western foreigner named Mike. I got in touch with this Mike and in a few hours it was all set at a competitive price of 1,300 THB per person, all inclusive for a one-day tour as listed on their Website (see here).

According to my visitors, the tour turned out to be enjoyable and interesting, with only 4 participants, plus a very helpful guide.

While waiting in Pakchong I met a freelancer tour guide with own car, speaking fairly good English, who is offering private transport and tour service at interesting prices. Her name is Wan or One.
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