Whether you want a Thailand adventure that involves mountain climbing or whitewater river rafting, or you just want to relax on a scenic beach, Thailand's national parks deliver. Here are five of the country's most popular parks.
Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park is one of the country’s largest national parks and has mountain ranges, waterfalls, evergreen forest and grassland. There are more than 300 species of bird in Khao Yai and nearly 70 species of mammal, including black bears, elephants, tigers, gibbons macaque and deer. The park is only a couple of hours by car or bus from Bangkok and there are camping sites with showers and canteens. If you don’t want to camp in the park, consider staying at one of the nearby wineries.
Sirinat National Park
This tiny park on the northwest of Phuket has a pristine beach backed by a small forest. Because it’s so small, there isn’t a lot to do at the park other than hang out on the beach, but there is a campsite and even air conditioned bungalows for rent. Sirinat National Park is an excellent way to experience Phuket without crowds or commercialism.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Khao Sam Roi Yot means mountain of three hundred peaks but that’s not all you’ll see at this national park on the coast just an hour outside of Hua Hin. Aside from the stunning mountain ranges, the park also offers beaches, salt flats, marshes, caves and even small islands to visit. There are large bungalows on the national park, as well as a campsite.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand and the national park surrounds the mountain range. This large park has everything from mountain trails to rivers to Buddhist temples and is a great place to explore Northern Thailand’s natural beauty. According to the Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Doi Inthanon National Park has most diverse bird population of any part of the country (more than 350 species). The park has bungalows and basic accommodations at two different locations.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Thailand’s largest national park is in Petchaburi province just a couple of hours from Bangkok. Kaeng Krachan has a reservoir, undeveloped jungle, mountain ranges, rivers and waterfalls. The park is also home to hundreds of different bird species as well as elephants, gibbons, macaques, deer and other mammals. There are bungalows and basic accommodations at three different locations in the park.