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Five Must-Visit National Parks in Phuket – Experience Captivating Scenery

Basking in the glory of the Andaman Sea is Phuket Island, which lies off the west coastline of Thailand. Aside from the fabulous beaches that attract many tourists each year, the island is blessed with many national parks that have an abundance of captivating flora and fauna.

1

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

Situated in the northern part of Phuket is a virgin rainforest that would mesmerise the nature-lover in you. A four-hour trek through the jungle will give you the experience of a lifetime as you navigate its dense greenery and skip over fallen trunks of the age-old trees. The rainforests are naturally a haven for various insects. Therefore a bug repellent and suitable clothing are a must if you plan to hike through this national reserve. The trek starts from a path near theTon Sai waterfall and goes up to the magnificent Bang Pae Waterfall where you can have a refreshing jungle bath.

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Similan Islands National Park

Being one of the best attractions of Thailand, it is also the best-known archipelagos of the Andaman Sea. It is infamous for its underwater wonders that would enchant those who cross over to the world beneath the waters. With mountainous formations covered in thick greenery, the park also acts as the lifeblood of its many inhabitants such as the crab-eating monkey and the dusky langur monkey. It is also a paradise to an array of the colourful bird community.

3

Saphan Hin Park

With a scenic mangrove forest that is well-preserved, the Saphan Hin Park is a place where most locals gather during the evening for an enjoyable time. The seaside park is the most-picked place for leisurely picnics and or a stroll around the track with your loved ones. The pleasing atmosphere of the park brings out the poet in you as you make way alongside its pine-fringed road. The park also homes the sports centre of Phuket, the Saphan Hin Stadium which facilitates sports such as badminton, tennis, football, swimming and basketball. The park acts as a venue for some celebrated events of the island such as the famous vegetarian festival.

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Suan Luang Park

Also known as the King Rama IX Park, the Suan Luang is an excellent place for engaging in many recreational activities such as jogging, cycling or simply for a leisurely stroll. The morning hours would bring you glimpses of people having fun by playing badminton or football on the premises. The Chao Fa Road houses the main entrance to this park, although there are many alternative entrances around.

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Sirinat National Park

Lying towards the Northwest of the Phuket Island is the Sirinat National Park, which encompasses 22 square kilometres of the beach land. It was initially called the Nai Yang National Park which was changed to its current name in 1992. One can easily access this national park from the Mai Khao Beach. The park consists of many species of trees that are specialised in stabilising the beach during hazardous storms. It is also the breeding grounds of many vibrant and colourful bird species such as the Asian fairy-bluebird and the magpie-robin. The scenic national park is a great place to observe the endemic flora and fauna of Phuket, which cannot be discovered within a day. For those interested in Phuket real estate in the area, properties such as Layan Residences by Anantara will give provide you ample luxuries and is close enough to explore this forest reserve with ease.

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