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National Parks in Thailand – Unspoilt Wildlife and Wilderness

The national parks of Thailand offer a welcome respite from the built up hustle and bustle of vibrant city centres such as Bangkok. These amazing green sanctuaries offer much to be explored.


Kui Buri National Park

This park is located close to the Burmese border. The place is most popular for its excellent collection of wildlife and is ideal for spotting Asian elephants. In fact, it is quite likely that you will encounter herds of wild elephants enjoying a bath at the watering hole close to the Pa Yang Substation; well equipped with platforms for viewing the varied wildlife. You can drive into the park but in order to explore the special protected areas, it is necessary to rent a 4x4 vehicle. Tents and bungalows too are available in case you wish to spend a rustic night within the park away from the stylish comforts of a service apartment in Bangkok.


Kaeng Krachan National Park

This is the country's largest national park which lies along the borders of Tanintharyi Nature Reserve of Burma. Made up mostly of verdant rainforests the sanctuary attracts many visitors who love spectacular sights of the dense morning mists through which tops of hills peek through; this phenomenon is most common during December and March. Kaeng Krachen is popular for its huge percentage of wildlife amongst which birds and butterflies are spotted in plenty. Also to be spotted are giant pitta, woolly necked storks, great Argus, leopards, wild dogs, elephants and bears.


Khao Sam Roi Rot National Park

This park famous for its stunning limestone hills is located in the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. The name, in fact, translates to "mountain with 300 peaks". The most iconic attraction here is the Phaya Nakhon Cave within which a Buddhist temple is located. Home to over 300 species of birds this is a popular bird watchers venue. January to February brings in an influx of migratory birds to the park.


Khao Yai National Park

The very first national park of Thailand Khao Yai was established in 1962. Located within the Sankamphaeng Mountain Range the place is popular amongst mountaineers and hikers. Home to beautiful grasslands and tropical forests Khao Yai is home to gibbons, monkeys, elephants, leopards and the elusive tiger. Quite a treat for the nature lover the place has many waterfalls such as Haew Narok which you can easily plan a trek to as it is one of the sanctuaries closest to Bangkok. The popular capital most famous amongst tourists is loved for its street food and shopping in famous areas such as Sukhumvit home to such properties as Adelphi Forty-Nine and many tourist-oriented attractions.


Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

This is a beautiful marine park located in the Gulf of Thailand. The archipelago is made up of 42 islands that seem to float on an azure blue ocean. There you may rent a boat and enjoy time on the water while activities of kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving are quite high. Islands have varied topographies some with soft white sand and others boasting verdant mountains.

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