When you come to Thailand looking for an adventure, the best place to look would be the stunning national parks it is filled with. Our list of the best national parks in Thailand takes you away from the concrete jungle of Bangkok to the marine park of the south and the verdant mountains of the north.
ANG THONG MARINE NATIONAL PARK
With its dramatic limestone formations, stunning blue lagoons, huge network of caves, and fine, white sand beaches, this 100-kilometre protected area looks impressive both topside and underwater. In this paradise, you can choose to climb up the park’s scenic viewpoint or dive into the ocean to see its underwater life. And, if you are too tired for any of those things, you can just lie on the beach, mesmerized by the beauty around you. Located close to Koh Samui, you can rent a long tail boat to explore this national park. The fees for Angthong National Park are 300THB for adults and 150THB for children under 12 years old.
DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK
Just outside Chiang Mai is the splendor of the Doi Inthanon National Park, the foothills to the massive Himalayan peaks and Thailand’s highest mountain. Here, you can take a walk through a cloud forest, chase the most beautiful waterfalls, and taste their hill tribes’ amazing brew. The best way to get to Doi Inthanon is to drive or take a private minivan. When you get there, you will be charged 300THB at the gate. Remember to bring a jumper. Being the roof of Thailand, the temperature does drop here.
ERAWAN NATIONAL PARK
Known for its spectacular 7-tiered waterfall with a top tier that looks a bit like the 3-headed elephant, Erawan, from Hindu mythology, the national park can be visited as a day trip from Bangkok. Spending a night camping here, however, is recommended. Not only do you get to explore the park more and sleep under the stars, you also get dibs to the waterfalls in the morning before it gets too overcrowded. Whatever you decide to do, keep your food and drinks inside your bag or monkeys might steal them.
KHAO LUANG NATIONAL PARK
Near the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat, around 780 kilometres from Bangkok is Khao Luang National Park which is known for its spectacular 20-tier waterfalls. Home of the Orchid Mantis and a plethora of flora and fauna, a trek in this unbeaten path will be a fascinating experience that you can write home about. Cheaper than most national parks, the entrance fee is just 200THB.
KHAO PHRA THAEO NATIONAL PARK
The last virgin rainforest in the Phuket area, you will find a big range of Asian wildlife as you take a walk on its well-marked trails. With two waterfalls in the area, Bang Pae, the largest waterfall in Phuket, and Ton Sai, you are sure to have a nice, cool dip when you need a bit of a break from the heat. Entrance to the park will set you back 200THB which is not so bad considering how well-maintained the park is.
KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK
With its vast grasslands and Asian elephants in the wild, Khao Yai National Park can give you an African safari feel. Once you set foot into this park, it will be hard to believe that you are only 178 kilometers outside Bangkok. With a natural wonderland that is around 614,000 hectares and home to about 800 species of fauna, you will have a lot of ground to cover and species to spot as you trek the trails of this vast national park. With its greatness, however, one must shell out a bit more to explore the area at 400THB per person.
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