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National Parks Near Hua Hin – Nature, Wildlife, and Serenity

Hua Hin, located in Thailand's Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, was one of the nation's first coastal resort destinations. Among its highlights is the fact that Hua Hin is surrounded by national parks.

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is the most popular national park near Hua Hin. Considered to be one of the best places to visit for nature lovers, the awe-inspiring Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park spreads over a vast 100km2. The park spreads several miles inland from the coastal line and covers various terrains and landscapes. Thus, the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is home to many marches, evergreen forests, wetlands, grasslands, and mangrove swamps, giving its visitors an unparalleled nature experience. Khao Sam Roi Yot literally means "the mountain with 300 peaks" as the park is home to limestone mountain ranges, making the park one of the most popular sites for hiking. Some of the highlights of the stunning Phraya Nakhon Cave, the pristine Laem Sala Beach, the Khao Daeng scenic area, and the awe-inspiring Sai Cave Being a thriving eco-system, this national park is the habitat for over 300 species of wildlife, including Asian goat-antelope, barking deer, crab-eating macaques, as well as many species of endemic and migratory birds. All in all, the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park experience is sure to develop a deep sense of appreciation for nature within anyone who visits the park.

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Kaeng Krachan National Park

Arguably one of the most thriving ecological sites in Thailand, the Kaeng Krachan National Park is located about an hour's drive away from Hua Hin. The park is regarded as one of the most diverse national parks in Thailand, owing to the fact that the park is home to luscious rain forests, breath-taking waterfalls and rivers, towering graphite peaks, and mysterious caves. Apart from its stunning natural features, the park is inhabited by herds of elephants, leopards, several species of avifauna, tigers, tapirs, and many more exotic species of wildlife. Exploring this national park will give you the opportunity to witness mesmerizing sights such as the cascading Pa La-U Waterfall, the mammoth Panoen Thung Moutain, and the serene Kaeng Krachan reservoir. Trekkers – you can actually trek through this mesmerizing forest park, but note that you need get a license from the park headquarters prior to trekking the park. Kaeng Krachan National Park is extremely popular in Hua Hin, and many Hua Hin resorts, including the likes of the Anantara Hua Hin Resort, encourage their guests to pay this national park a visit.

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Pranburi Forest Park

Located just over 30km away from Hua Hin is the Pranburi Forest Park. The Pranburi Forest Park is a national park that was established to protect and preserve the rich mangrove plantations and its accompanying ecosystem in the region of Pranburi. Spreading over 3km2, the Pranburi Forest Park is certainly not as expansive as the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, but it offers a nature experience that is sure to be memorable. One of the unique aspects of the Pranburi Forest Park is its two nature trails that go through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of the park. These nature trails are unlike a regular trail along the floor; the nature trails at this national park are made of raised boardwalks made of wood, making the park excellent for relaxing walks through nature. Moreover, the park's tranquil ambiance and serenity truly make walking along the nature trails all the more amazing. Keep your eyes open for the wildlife at the park which consists of chipmunks, porcupines and many species of birds and reptiles.