Top 5 National Parks that you must explore when in Thailand
With all the exotic destinations that Thailand has to offer to its tourists, planning an itinerary for Thailand sightseeing is indeed a difficult task. From aesthetic temples, lively markets, astonishing national parks to charming beaches, Thailand is a treasure chest for tourists of all genres. From the long list of Thailand tourist places, you must add these adventurous national parks of Thailand to your list.
1.Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani
Situated in the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, Khao Sok National Park lies in the southern province of Thailand. The national park is home to some exotic wildlife and bird species such as the Asian elephant, gibbons, wild boars, Malayan tapir, macaques and more. Besides the tranquil atmosphere, and the exotic fauna, what makes the park attractive is the stunning Cheow Larn Lake. Overall, it is an ideal place for a nice day amidst nature.
2.Erawan National Park, Kachnaburi
Crowning the western province of Thailand in Kanchanaburi, is the Erawan National Park, and an ideal place for hiking lovers. Founded in 1975 as Thailand’s 12th National Park, the major attraction of the park is the 7-tiered Erawan Falls with emerald green ponds. The park and the falls are named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology and the top tier of the falls is said to resemble an elephant head. Witness the beauty of nature, while you hike along the trails of the national park to the breathtaking waterfalls.
3.Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai
Covering the north of the land is Doi Inthanon National Park, one of the most popular national parks in Thailand. Famous for its waterfalls, few trails, remote villages, picturesque montane farms, viewpoints, sunrise/sunset watching, birdwatching, it can be visited all year round. The summit viewpoint, also the highest peak in Thailand with over 2,500 metres above sea-level, offers excellent views and is ideal to view the sunrise.
4.Ao Phang Nga National Park, Krabi
A marine national park in Thailand, Ao Phang Nga National Park is a stunning sight to behold. With the James Bond island as the most popular spots of the region, Ao Phang Nga comprises of 42 karst islands, some bays, limestone hills, caves and lagoons. Besides sightseeing, the islands are famous for sea-canoeing and its unusual wildlife like one can find a large variety of reptiles and mammals, including Bengal monitor lizards, flying lizards, banded sea snakes, crab-eating macaques, white-handed gibbons and dusky langurs.
5.Khao Yai National Park, Bangkok
Established in 1962, Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest and most visited national park. Covered with grasslands and forests, with over 300 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles, incorporates one of the largest intact monsoon forests remaining in mainland Asia. Given it’s beautiful features, it was named a Unesco World Heritage site (as part of the Dong Phayayen–Khao Yai Forest Complex). Besides the wildlife, it offers hiking trails, Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave and many impressive waterfalls, including the Haew Narok, Thailand’s highest waterfall.
The national parks of Thailand its treasures. Add these popular parks to your thai itinerary for an adventurous time with your family.