5 Famous & Spectacular National Parks To Visit In Thailand

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5 Famous & Spectacular National Parks To Visit In Thailand
5 Famous & Spectacular National Parks To Visit In Thailand

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, international travel is highly discouraged at the moment – this article is meant to serve as inspiration for a future trip once the pandemic has come to an end.

National Parks in Thailand

Rife with vibrant cities, ornate temples, and lush swathes of rainforest, it’s easy to see how Thailand has become one of Southeast Asia’s most popular countries for international tourism. While some may prefer to spend their time lounging on the sunny beaches of Phuket or sipping cocktails atop Lebua Tower’s Sky Bar, those who feel most at home in the great outdoors will find a rich array of national parks scattered throughout the country. For those who wish to bask in the beauty of towering limestone karsts, ancient untouched rainforest, and thunderous waterfalls, Thailand’s national parks perfectly fit the bill.

1.Kaeng Krachan National Park

beautiful scenary of mist with mountain range at PanoenThung view point in Kaeng Krachan national park,Thailand
Kaeng Krachan National Park is located along the Tenasserim Mountain Range, 

jungle, Kaeng Krachan is the largest national park in Thailand, as well as one of the premier destinations in the country for spotting rare Southeast Asian wildlife. The park rests along the Burmese border, combining with neighboring Tanintharyi National Park to provide a sprawling paradise of pristine rainforest that’s home to leopards, sun bears, elephants, jackals, and hundreds of other elusive indigenous species. While wildlife can be encountered in abundance within the park, there’s no shortage of natural sites either – Kaeng Krachan is full of lengthy hiking trails that lead to surging waterfalls, deep caves, and hundreds of tiny ponds.

2.Pang Sida National Park

Beautiful masses of butterflies on road, Pang Sida National Park, Thailand.
The butterflies in Pang Sida National Park tend to congregate around mud puddles

Located roughly ninety minutes west of the Cambodian border, this sprawling reserve is home to some of Thailand’s most vulnerable indigenous species, including Siamese crocodiles, dholes, Asian elephants, and lar gibbons. While birds, reptiles, and mammals can be encountered in abundance throughout the park, Pang Sida is most famous for its invertebrate species, with hundreds of colorful butterfly varieties thriving along the park’s rivers and streams. For a glimpse of one of the park’s most marvelous natural sites, take a leisurely stroll just one mile north of the reserve’s headquarters to find Pang Sida waterfall, a free-flowing cascade framed by brilliant green vegetation.

3.Khao Sok National Park

Ratchaprapa Dam (Cheow Lan Dam), Suratthani, Thailand.
Cheow Lan Lake was formed in 1987 due to the construction of the nearby Rajjaprabha Dam

Just north of Phuket lies a cluster of popular national parks, with Khao Sok earning nationwide acclaim for its jagged limestone karsts and large swathes of virgin rainforest. The park’s lush jungles have existed for millennia, fostering a rich array of native wildlife throughout the park, with hundreds of bird and reptile species, over one thousand different varieties of orchid, and elusive beasts such as elephants and tigers calling the park home. After a long day of hiking, visitors can relax along the shores of serene Cheow Lan Lake, one of the most popular destinations in the region for kayaking, canoeing, and spotting native Thai wildlife.

4.Doi Inthanon National Park

Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phum Siri at Doi Inthanon, Thailand. These two stupas are dedicated to the recently late king and his wife.
Doi Inthanon was named in honor of Inthawichayanon, the ruler of the now-defunct Chiang Mai Kingdom.

A popular day trip destination from nearby Chiang Mai, Doi Inthanon has grown to become one of northern Thailand’s most popular national parks since its establishment in 1972. Visitors can find spectacular views of the surrounding landscape from the peak of Doi Inthanon, the tallest mountain in the nation standing at a height of 8,415 feet. While the peak is only accessible by car, the park is streaked with hiking trails crossing through lush emerald-green forest and passing towering waterfalls. Birdwatchers take note – the park is home to a rich array of native avian species, making this one of the top destinations in Thailand for birding.

5.Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park

Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park. ( Reprocess )
Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park is located in two provinces, resting on the border of Saraburi

Located roughly two hours northeast of downtown Bangkok, this idyllic water feature is one of the most popular national parks among Thai natives. The park’s name translates to “seven little girls”, a reference to the striking seven-tiered waterfall that serves as the park’s main attraction. Guests are free to roam along hiking trails and rest under the shade of gnarled banyan trees, all the while basking in the beauty of the vibrant emerald-green water. The park is rife with designated areas for swimming, but pay careful attention to signage throughout the area – while some spots are shallow and perfect for taking a dip, other areas possess strong undercurrents that may cause issues for inexperienced swimmers

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