You hear the wilderness calling? Go to Thailand! A country of rainforests and national parks, mist-covered hills and countless species of animals and plants. And that’s just above water; dive under and you’ll discover a wealth of nature beyond imagination.
National parks aren’t just great for observing animals and plants, but for spending the night! From camping fields and tree houses to luxurious accommodation, national parks in Thailand have something for any budget. A night spent in a jungle or on a lake can be an unforgettable experience and is an option more and more popular with tourists – making an advanced hotel booking is a good idea.
There are almost 200 national parks in Thailand and…not all are impressive. Sometimes it feels like Thais simply fence of a stretch of jungle and charge tourists entrance fees (which are 10 times higher for foreigners than for locals…). But the parks that are worth your time and money are REALLY WORTH it. Here are some o the best national parks in Thailand:
Khao Yai National Park
Due to its location its popular amongst Bangkokians and tourists alike. There’s plenty of accommodation in and around the park (including an overnight stay in Thai vineyards!) and animals are abundant – including wild elephants, bears and birds.
Khao Sok National Park
A night spent in the world’s oldest rain forest? It’s possible in Khao Sok! And not on the ground but on a tree! Sounds interesting? Then how about a night on a lake? No not by the lake, but ON a lake. Floating raft houses on Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park are some of the best spots to encounter the beauty of Thai nature firsthand.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Home to Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon ( 2566 m) this national park in the north of Thailand is also home to numerous waterfalls, orchids and local tribes who arrived here from Tibet, China and Myanmar.
Erawan National Park
A multilayered waterfall is the heart and the main attraction of this national park located nearKanchanaburiuir – a popular tourist town west of Bangkok. The waterfall is not only beautiful but also great for swimming.
Except there, there are also numerous seaside national parks in Thailand. The one nearest Bangkok is Koh Samer; Ang Thong is great for those staying in Koh Samui, Tarutao lies in the far south while Phang Nga Bay, famed for its rock formations, is easily accessible from Phuket and Krabi.