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Adventure and Eco-tourism > National Parks

National Parks in Thailand

Under the authority of the country's Royal Forest Department, Thailand's National Parks are possibly the world's best resources for nature lovers.
 

Must see

There are 79 national parks in Thailand alongside a number of wildlife sanctuaries and protected forest areas. Popular with eco-tourists and those looking for adventure, Thailand's parks cover an area of around 25,000 square kilometres - nearly 15% of the country's land mass. The parks were formed to protect to preserve Thailand's natural heritage from exploitation and feature a range of flowers and fauna. The parks are home to a variety of species of animals, from elephants and bears to bats and birds. The parks fit one of two classifications: the 'forest-based' parks that comprise jungle and trees, or the 'marine' parks that often comprise strings of islands and help protect a range of marine life. Given this range, Thailand's parks offer visitors a rich and diverse range of travel experiences - trekking is very popular in Thailand's mainland parks, especially in the north of the country, whereas the parks of southern Thailand offer clear water and coral to provide tremendous opportunities for diving and snorkelling. Most of the parks are reasonably accessible, and only a few require your own transportation. There is an entrance fee of 200 Baht per person for foreigners and you can book accommodation in most parks through the Royal Forest Department or any number of private agencies around the country that provide eco-tours through the forests. Some key parks include Tham Pla Phaseau and Huai Nam Dang National Parks in Mae Hong Son, Phu Wiang National Park in Khon Kaen, Kaeng Krachan National Park in Petchburi, Angthong National Marine Park in Samui and Tai Rom Yen National Park in Surat Thani. However, every park in the country is worthy of a visit, no matter how big or small. If you are in Thailand, try to explore at least one these unique places before you go home.


Khon Kaen
Phu Phan Kham National Park

Covering an area of 320 square kilometres and taking in parts of Nong Bua Lamphu and Khon Kaen provinces, Phu Phan Kham National Park is located in the Phu Phan Mountains encompassing two major ran...
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Phu Wiang National Park

Phu Wiang is a 30,000 hectare site where the fossil remains of dinosaurs were found in 1981. The site became a national park in 1992 to protect the fossils for the national interest. To date, nine ...
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Loei
Phu Kradueng National Park

Phu Kradueng National Park is one of the leading National Parks in the country and houses the highest peak in Loei (1360 meters). The park is 359 square kilometers in size and extremely well organi...
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Phu Ruea National Park

Resting in a plateau with an area of 75,525 square kilometers, Phu Ruea National Park comprises a rugged mountain range with its highest peak (and source for a number of Loei's rivers) rising 1,365...
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Nakhon Ratchasima
Khao Yai National Park

Thailand's first National Park is also its second largest, and certainly one of its best! Khao Yai National Park spreads to four different provinces with the bulk of its 2,100 square kilometers in ...
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Phang-Nga
Mu Koh Similan National Park

The name "Similan" is derived from a Malay word meaning nine - very apt for a National Park that comprises nine islands. The park occupies an area of around 30,000 acres and has been in operation s...
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Surin Islands National Marine Park

Located in the Andaman Sea, 60 kilometres to the west of Phang-Nga and about 100 kilometres to the north of Koh Similan islands, this marine park covers an area of 33,750 acres and is one of Thaila...
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Phetchaburi
Nam Nao National Park

Opened in 1972, Nam Nao National Park is an average of 800 metres above sea level, covers nearly 1000 square kilometres, and is shared between three provinces (including Loei). The park features sa...
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Phra Nakhon Khiri

Phra Nakhon Khiri is a historical park in Phetchaburi, Thailand. Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is Phetchaburi's well-known landmark. It is locally known as Khao Wang (Palace Hill). The park con...
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Surat Thani
Angthong National Park

Angthong National Park is located 20 km west of Koh Samui. It's a group of 40 islands. Some destination islands include Koh Wua Ta Lap, Koh Mae Koh, Koh Prayat, Koh Sam Sao, Koh Nai Put and h Wua T...
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Trang
Hat Chao Mai National Park

Hat Chao Mai National Park is vast national park (around 231,000 square kilometers) that includes Hat Chao Mai beach and Hat Chang Lang beach (where the park headquarters are situated). The west of...
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Worth seeing

There are 79 national parks in Thailand alongside a number of wildlife sanctuaries and protected forest areas. Popular with eco-tourists and those looking for adventure, Thailand's parks cover an area of around 25,000 square kilometres - nearly 15% of the country's land mass. The parks were formed to protect to preserve Thailand's natural heritage from exploitation and feature a range of flowers and fauna. The parks are home to a variety of species of animals, from elephants and bears to bats and birds. The parks fit one of two classifications: the 'forest-based' parks that comprise jungle and trees, or the 'marine' parks that often comprise strings of islands and help protect a range of marine life. Given this range, Thailand's parks offer visitors a rich and diverse range of travel experiences - trekking is very popular in Thailand's mainland parks, especially in the north of the country, whereas the parks of southern Thailand offer clear water and coral to provide tremendous opportunities for diving and snorkelling. Most of the parks are reasonably accessible, and only a few require your own transportation. There is an entrance fee of 200 Baht per person for foreigners and you can book accommodation in most parks through the Royal Forest Department or any number of private agencies around the country that provide eco-tours through the forests. Some key parks include Tham Pla Phaseau and Huai Nam Dang National Parks in Mae Hong Son, Phu Wiang National Park in Khon Kaen, Kaeng Krachan National Park in Petchburi, Angthong National Marine Park in Samui and Tai Rom Yen National Park in Surat Thani. However, every park in the country is worthy of a visit, no matter how big or small. If you are in Thailand, try to explore at least one these unique places before you go home.


Kanchanaburi
Thung Yai Naresuan and Huai Kha Khaeng

The Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary cover three provinces including Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi and Tak provinces in western Thailand. At 622,200 hectares ...
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Mae Hong Son
Huai Nam Dang National Park

Huai Nam Dang National Park is a large park which is part of four districts over an area of approximately 1,300 square kilometers. The park is situated on top of a ridge of hills and highest peaks ...
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Salween National Park

One of Thailand's smaller National Parks (721 square kilometres), Salween National Park is diverse and none the less impressive. Located around 165 kilometres south of Mae Hong Son, the park is set...
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Tham Pla Phaseau National Park

Located in Mae Pai Forest Reserve in Mae Hong Son province, Tham Pla Phaseau (Tham Pla Pha Sua) is a 488 square-kilometre National Park featuring forests, caves, waterfalls and streams. The park bo...
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Phang-Nga
Ao Phang Nga National Park

Ao Phang Nga National Park is a large park of around 400 square kilometers. It comprises around 40 extremely attractive, mainly uninhabited islands. The area features the scenery of green waters se...
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Khao Lak-Lamru National Park

Inaugurated in 1991, Khao Lak-Lamru National Park is a large park (125 square kilometres) overlooking the Andaman Sea. Set in rice paddies, jungle and rubber trees Khao Lak-Lamru features hills and...
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Phetchaburi
Kaeng Krachan National Park

At 2,915 square kilometres, Kaeng Krachan National Park covers a number of districts and is the largest National Park in Thailand. Thick evergreen forests set against a backdrop of granite and lime...
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Pa La-U Waterfall

Pa La-U Waterfalls (Pa La-U Noi (small) and Pa La-U Yai (big)) are the main attractions in Kaeng Khrachan National Park. Although actually in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, if you are in Cha-am (or ...
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Rayong
Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park

Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park is shared by two provinces (Chantaburi and Rayong) and named after mountains in each province. This is one of Thailand's smaller parks but boasts extensive fores...
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Sukhothai
Ramkhamhaeng National Park

Ramkhamhaeng National Park in Sukhothai province is around 3345 square-kilometers of peaceful countryside, mountains (the Khao Luang mountains - the highest peak is 1,200 meters above sea level), r...
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Surat Thani
Tai Rom Yen National Park

Tai Rom Yen National Park is an area of around 425 square kilometers covering two districts. Such is the density of its forest that the area around Khao Chong Chang Mountain once provided a base fo...
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Ubon Ratchthani
Pha Taem National Park

Pha Taem National Park is located in Northeast of Ubon Ratchthani city. The park covers 3 districts of the province: Khong Jiam, Mueng Mai and Pho Sai. It covers a total area of 340 sq km. Situated...
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Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park

Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park covers a total area of 686 square kilometers in Buntharik, Na Chaluai and Nam Yuen districts in Ubonratchathani province. Situated in a mountainous area, the park bor...
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