National Parks & Wildlife


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand’s national parks are beautiful places to explore a rich nature of both the animal kingdom and plants. Mountains, natural wild or cultivated forests, waterfalls, lakes, islands, marine rock formations, caves, rivers, hot springs – you name it, Thailand’s national parks offer it all. Many parks also offer accommodation, you can hike, travel with guided tours, on your own, by bike, car or motorcycle. The beauty and safety of Thailand’s national parks is pretty much unique in it’s variety.

 

Khao Yai National Park

Is one of the worlds top 10 national parks and Thailands first national park(established 1962) and it’s second largest in size (2,168 square kilometers, or 387 square miles). It has evergreen rainforest and grasslands, with mountains that reach 1351 meters (0.839 miles) above sea level, more than 67 different species of mammals, 320 species of birds and 3000 species of plants. There you can see tigers, Asian elephants, black bears, gibbons and many more. 50 kilometers (31 miles) of hiking trails if you’re up to it! Entrance fee: 200 baht. More Info…

 

 

 

Doi Inthanon National Park

Thailands highest mountain is located here in this northern Thailand national park – it’s 2565 meters or 1.6 miles high. Indigenous Thai hill tribe people are still living here and it’s one of the best places in Thailand for birdwatching. Eco-friendly tourism and homestays with the hill tribe people can be experienced in this national park. More Info…

 

 

Ang Thong National Marine Park

Angthong, meaning ‘golden bowl’ is composed of a group of 40 or so islands making stunning vistas of a forest full of rock formations. 31 km west of Samui sport virgin tropical rain forests, white sand beaches and coral reefs, all preserved as a national park. The park is normally visited as a day trip from Samui. All the islands are of different sizes and shapes. Most of them are covered with tropical forests and named after their distinguishing geography, a kind of descriptive appellation, such as ‘Sleeping Cow Island’ and ‘Three Pillar Island’. More Info..

 

 

Thaleban National Park

An untouched national park with a rich wildlife population and gigantic trees. 196 square kilometers (or 75 square miles). Rainforest and mangrove forest and limestone mountains create a magic atmosphere.The park’s headquarters is located in a valley floor between two limestone mountains and alongside a 32 hectare lake shaped like a figure of eight. From this beautiful spot there are several trails leading to the park’s major scenic places. More Info…

 

 

Erawan National Park

A multi-level waterfall that you can hike up on save hiking trails, with small lakes on each level. A very popular and often crowded destination not just for foreigners, but also for Thai people. In one level you can slide down a natural “waterfall slide” into a pond of fresh water, in another level you bath and right away hand-sized fish start munching away on your skin (no, it’s not piranhas, these fish actually clean your skin from old dandruff). More Info…

 


 

Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park

Beautiful scenery has for many years drawn photographers from all over the world to this marine national park in Thailand. Movies have been shot here too (like James Bond). Natural limestone rock formations and green islands with beautiful blue water and a rich marine life make this is very popular destination for many tourists. More Info…

 

 

 

Mu Koh Chang National Park

Koh Chang is Thailand’s third largest island – a rich forest, amazing waterfalls and perfectly white sandy beaches with crystal clear blue water. Mu Koh Chang national park includes about 40 islands, many of them much smaller but just as beautiful as Koh Chang. More Info…

 

 

Lan Sang National Park

Lan Sang became the Thailand’s 15th national park on 14 May 1978 with an area of 104 square kilometers in Tak province. Steep rugged mountains covered in fertile natural forests are the prominent features of the Park. Khao Luang mountain divides the park into two. The highest peak, Oomyod, reaches 1,065 meters above sea level. Higher slopes and mountain watersheds are covered with hill evergreen and hill pine forest. More Info…

 

 

Nam Nao National Park

Nam Nao is one of Thailand’s most beautiful parks. It covers an area within Lom Sak and Lom Kow districts in Phetchabun province, and Kornsan district within Chaiyaphum province.  The park covers a total area of about 966 square kilometers. The park was designated on the 26 September 1982.The forest of Nam Nao contains many different forest types including dry dipterocarp, deciduous, evergreen, hill evergreen and pine forest. The open, dry deciduous forest of Nam Nao has a lush ground cover of grasses which, together with the park’s perennial streams, salt licks and patches of evergreen forest, provide a rich and diverse habitat for the wildlife. More Info

 

 

Mu Ko Phetra Marine National Park

Mu Ko Phetra is a marine national park in Andaman Sea side of Thailand, covering mostly intact coastal line, open water, and about 30 islands of southern part of Trang Province and northern part of Satun Province. Established on 31 December 1984, it is the 49th national park and 14th marine national park of Thailand. The majority of the park, about 94.74% or 468.38 km² out of 494.38 km² are open water. Two largest islands of the parks are Ko Phetra where the name of the park is derived from, and Ko Khao Yai. Several islands are the site where marine turtles lay eggs. Rich coral reef is also present around islands. More Info…

 

 

Sirinat Marine National Park

The 90 square kilometers marine park on the north-western tip of Phuket island was established in 1992. Before then it was known as Had Nai Yang national park from 1981 to 1992. About 76% of park area is the sea water. Three beaches from north to south; Sai Kaew, Mai Khao and Nai Yang, together have 13 km of sand stretch. The Marine environment of Sirinath is quite diverse; the coral reefs in the bay are some of the most pristine found in Phuket province. The reefs are located about 700 to 1000 meters away from the shore. They are located in the water depth of 4 to 7 meters. Marine species spotted include Plate corals, Soft corals, Sea fans, Tree corals and Sea anemones. More Info…

 

 

Tarutao National Marine Park

Thailands first national marine park consists of 51 islands. 1490 square kilometers in total, it’s biggest island Ko Tarutao used to be a prison – political prisoners were sent here. Sea Gypsies are living here, but the tourism industry has discovered the beautiful islands and is now milking them. In recent years more and more bars opened here, drunken tourists are more common and the sea gypsies lifestyles are also changing. If you want to go – you should go now. More Info…

Reference: Thailandnationalparks & trekthailand