Though the island of Phuket is known as the Pearl of the Andaman, Mu Ko Similan National Park is certainly in the running for being one of the most stunning finds this side of the country. Established in 1982, this national park is located some 70 kilometers from the mainland, so it is certainly one of the most difficult parks to frequent. That being said, visitors will surely be pleased having made the trek once laying eyes upon the park, consisting of some nine or so islands. The Mu Ko Similan National Park is best known for its dive sites and the combination of vibrant and unique coral in addition to a wide array of marine life has divers traveling far and wide to explore this national park under the sea.
Khao Luang National Park is one of the largest in the south, covering some 570 kilometers. The park certainly has an abundance of natural wonders, however, it is most renowned for the many waterfalls found here. It is also home to the tallest mountain in the south of Thailand, which is what the park was actually named after. Khao Luang Mountain, one of the park’s most noteworthy features, stands at a whopping 1,835 meters above sea level. In addition to natural features, visitors can expect to see vibrant orchids, exotic birds, some different types of monkeys, and more. There are a few accommodation options found at the national park, should visitors want to stay for longer than a day.