The Most Breathtaking National Parks in Thailand

Kelly Iverson

The national parks of Thailand are the hidden gems of a country which has everything. Here are the most beautiful parks in Thailand to visit.

Namtok Phlio National Park

Just outside Chanthaburi you will find Namtok Phlio National Park. Without a foreigner in site, you will be greeted by nothing other than emerald green foliage and local Thais bathing in emerald pools. Be sure to bring a swimsuit, as there are plenty of pools to stop along your journey to cool off and swim with the local tourists…and fish. There are also plenty of food stalls and vendors leading up to the park, as well as bungalows available for rent — if you find yourself not wanting to leaving any time soon, they’ll have you covered.

KhaoYai National Park

Established in 1962, KhaoYai is Thailand’s first official national park, as well as the third-largest park in the country. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. KhaoYai’s wildlife is best known for its wide variety and abundance of birds, but other mammals, including elephants and bears, have been spotted at this exotic national park.

Just outside Krabi Province in southern Thailand is Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, or “Two Water Canal.” Visitors follow crystal-clear canals along a wooden pathway that takes them further into the national park. The water is deep emerald due to the nearby seawater mixing with fresh water coming in from the nearby mountains. Mangrove trees compliment the water, growing from all sides of the canal and home both crabs and lizards.

Pha Taem National Park

Bordering Laos is the Pha Taem National Park. Look out onto the Mekong River as you survey the surrounding park, but be careful: there is little between you and the steep drop from the cliff’s edge. This is one of Thailand’s few national parks that not only has natural beauty and a variety of species but also historical roots; some 3,000-year-old designs, animal drawings and hand prints come together to tell a story on the cliffs.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Strap on your hiking shoes because the only way to capture the beauty of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is by first climbing a steep, daunting cliff. If you’re not up for the challenge, boats are also available to take guests directly to the cave’s opening, but in doing so, you will miss out on some of the beautiful views the height of the climb offers you. After making the journey up the steep cliff, guests of the park are greeted by the beautiful Phraya Nakhon Cave, covered in stalagmites and home to a royal pavilion. The cave is also decorated with trees growing from its core that come together with roots dangling from the top. Located about three hours from Bangkok, this marine national park has everything an outdoorsy traveler could want, including panoramic ocean views.

There’s plenty of wildlife to see in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

About six hours north of Bangkok is Thung Salaeng Luang National Park. Pine trees and wild flowers can be found on this 16 square kilometer park. This is one of the few parks where visitors are allowed and able to go trekking or hiking, so be sure to bring your gear.

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Along Myanmar’s border is Thailand’s largest national park, Kaeng Krachan National Park. Both the Phetchaburi and Pran Buri River originate from within the park. It is said that this national park is home to the widest range of wildlife, including leopards, elephants and porcupines.

Pranburi Forest Park

You can truly get lost in the Pranburi Forest Park, an enchanting combination of weaving wooden trails intertwined with mangrove trees that grow from a muddy floor. Crabs can be seen sprawling the length of every root, hiding behind branches as you pass. Informational huts are scattered throughout the park’s entirety, informing visitors of everything that they need to know about this breathtaking park.

Khao Sok National Park

In southern Thailand, Khao Sok National Park showcases one natural feature that makes Thailand so famous in the first place: its limestone cliffs. The park also showcases other natural features, including thick rain forests, waterfalls and a lake.

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