Lovingly called the ‘Land of Smiles’, Thailand is the country, which is home to 147 wonderful national parks, 58 wildlife sanctuaries, 120 forest parks, and 67 non hunting zones. This data, which belongs to as of 2015 A.D., indicates that the protected regions cover approx 20 percent of the entire territory of the kingdom of Thailand. On paying a visit to this charming and diverse nation, one would find that the national parks in this country make a fine contrast to the more erected up regions that are near the most resorts and hotels. Some of Thailand’s unspoiled wildlife and wilderness can be viewed in these amazing national parks. By booking Best Thailand Tour Packages from India ARV Holidays, the tour of any of these national parks can be made easy, comfortable and convenient.
10 Most Amazing National Parks in Thailand
Here, we have enlisted the 10 most amazing national parks in Thailand.
1. Khao Yai National Park
Established in 1962 A.D. as the 1st official national park in Thailand, the Khao Yai National Park, which is situated in the Sankamphaeng Mountain Range in the heart of this country, is also a famous destination for mountain climbers and hikers. Also appealing to wildlife enthusiasts, this national park, which is also home to several mesmerizing waterfalls, the largest of them being the Haew Narok, shelters several species such as leopards, gibbons, elephants and monkeys. Boasting of being the 3rd largest national park in Thailand, it is a part of the Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
2. Kaeng Krachen National Park
Boasting of being the largest national park of Thailand and mostly being rainforest, the Kaeng Krachen National Park, which is situated on the border of the Tanintharyi Nature Reserve in Burma, is renowned as the thick morning mist surrounding park with hilltop sticking above mist cloud approx from December to March. Offering a magnificent glimpse, this amazing national park, which is home to over 400 species of birds to have been recognized, is also well famous for its diverse wildlife, particularly butterflies and birds. Believed to have the widest range of wildlife, comprising porcupines, elephants and leopards, this wonderful national park is the originating point of both the Pran Buri and Phetchaburi rivers.
3. Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Being a world untouched by time with flowing streams and mesmerizing waterfalls falling into secret glassy emerald pools, the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, which is situated at a distance of 20 km north of Krabi and at an average elevation of approx 1,400 m above the mean sea level, is the spellbinding lush green heaven. During the visit to this wonderful national park, you would get the chance of spotting a strange diversity of beasts, like Asiatic Black Bears, Asian Tapirs and over 218 bird species comprising woodpeckers and eagles. Being a charming place to hike, this wonderful national park, which provides the inspiration of nature with subtle, timeless wooden bridges crossing over water and combining into the thick foliage, also has a number of mesmerizing waterfalls.
4. Doi Suthep National Park
Having Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the holiest temples of Northern Thailand, the Doi Suthep National Park, which was first founded in 1383 A.D. as a Buddhist Monastery, is situated at a distance of 16 km northwest of Chiang Mai. Presently having its average glorious altitude of more than 1,000 m above the mean sea level, this wonderful national park, which offers captivating scenic glimpses of Chiang Mai, is also popular among the people religious by nature.
5. Mu Ko Angthong National Marine Park
Located at a distance of around 30 km northwest of Koh Samui, the Mu Ko Angthong National Marine Park, which is a marine wonderland with amazingly vibrant, charming and diverse aquatic life everywhere, is perfect for oneself for immersing in an aquatic spellbinding, blue world of colorful marine life. Blessed with 42 small islands covering a region of approx 102 square km, 82% of that area being water, this breathtaking national marine park is perfect for doing several water sports activities such as diving, kayaking, hiking and snorkeling.
6. Khao Luang National Park
Having the highest mountain in Southern Thailand, the Khao Luang National Park, which is nestled in the southeastern corner of the country close to the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat, is perfect for those who choose the national park with the hugely unsought variety. Because of having the summit with the height of 5,840 ft (1,780 m), this wonderful national park is endowed with a number of mesmerizing waterfalls and some luscious rainforest.
7. Phu Kao – Phu Phan Kham National Park
Also being endowed with mesmerizing waterfall, charming temples and old rock paintings dating back to approx 3,500 years, the Phu Kao – Phu Phan Kham National Park, which is situated at a distance of approx 60 km northwest of Khon Kaen, owns approx 322sq km of wonderful wilderness dominated by mountains of forests and sandstone.
8. Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, which is home to the Kaeng Song Waterfall, popularly known as the ‘Niagara Falls of Thailand’, is suitable for people looking for fascinating and calm nature. During the rainy season, the three-tiered mesmerizing waterfall is famous for being rather fierce. Perfect for photographers, this spot offers its visitors the chance of rafting or bathing in the choppy covering waters, or easily take the enjoyment of glimpse from the nearby coffee shop.
9. Kui Buri National Park
Recognized as one of the best destinations in the country for taking the fine glimpse of wildlife, particularly elephants, the Kui Buri National Park, which is situated close to the Burmese border, is perfect for its visitors for frequently viewing the herds of elephants taking a bath at the watering ponds close to the Pa Yang substation, equipped with wildlife glimpsing platforms.
10. Erawan National Park
Set in the Kanchanburi Province in the western part of Thailand, the Erawan National Park is home to a number of caves for the exploration. Counted among the main points of interest of this wonderful national park, the Erawan Falls, which has been named after an elephant from Hindu mythology, is a seven tiered waterfall, perfect for having a climb and taking a bath in the pools. In case of being willing to pass more than a day at this wonderful national park, one can camp out or rent a Bungalow for having a memorable stay.
On the basis of the things mentioned above, it can be surely said that the national parks of Thailand are perfect for paying a visit to the tour of Thailand. In case of being desirous to explore any of these amazing national parks of this country, you can book Thailand Holiday Packages from Ahmedabad. Being affordable to the budget for all types of people, all of these packages, which are available at ARV Holidays, one of the leading tour and travel operators of India, can also be customized according to the demand of the clients. To know more about the tour packages, you can also visit us online at: http://www.arvholidays.in