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    Thailand National Parks off the beaten Track

    Thailand is definitely a land of magic, as its many national parks clearly don’t disappoint even the most experienced travellers. With caves, waterfalls, jungles, lakes, and wildlife, anyone can take part in a journey to see the country’s natural environment. Each national park in Thailand, which spans every region, has something unique to offer. Try the marine parks in southern Thailand if you’re looking for a little bit more water. For tourists who want to experience the nightlife set amidst a vast array of wildlife, camping at these national parks offers an incredible experience. From elephants to leopards, travellers can try out their luck in seeing these beautiful creatures that grace the parks with their existence. Trekking up a hill, only to take a dip in emerald green pools, is surely to spice up your schedule, as hot jungle day trips are sure to be rewarded with some rest and relaxation.
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    Khao Sam Roi Yot
    Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is definitely one for adventure seekers, as climbing a cliff is the one way to see its stunningly beautiful views. So, put on your hiking boots and get ready for a challenge. Don’t worry, however, if you aren’t into steep trekking, as a boat will take you to the Phraya Nakhon Cave’s opening. The cave marks the beginning of the park and is covered in striking stalagmites. With trees grow from their core, making it a breathtaking experience. As the national park’s name means a mountain with 300 peaks, it was the first coastal national park in Thailand. The marine park has splendid, panoramic sea views along with limestone hills. Located about 3 hours from Bangkok, the park doesn’t disappoint, even for avid hikers.
    • Address: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand​
    Namtok Phlio
    Just outside the eastern province of Chanthaburi, lies Namtok Phlio National Park. Here, you will most definitely find emerald green pools and jungles featuring plenty of wildlife. The park is popular among locals, without many foreigners. Don’t forget, however, to bring your swimsuit as you will find many Thais taking a dip in one of the many pools available to cool you off. On your way to the park, you will see many food stalls in which you can stock up on some yummy treats for your journey. Bungalows are also available to rent if you want to really experience nature at nightfall. Other things to enjoy include the many stupas and chedis from King Rama V. The park’s main attraction is the waterfall, Phlio, where you can find many carp.
    • Address: Namtok Phlio National Park, Tambon Phlio, Amphoe Lam Sing, Chanthaburi, Thailand​
    Tha Pom Khlong Song
    Located near Krabi Province in southern Thailand, is where Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam National Park can be found. The name, which means, “Two Water Canal” in English, features crystal-clear canals along a wooden path, complemented by mangrove trees, that takes visitors deeper into the park. The meaning of the park’s name is due to the seawater mixing with freshwater flowing from the mountains nearby. You can see its emerald green water during high tide, while low tide brings clear water. The coolest activity in this park is to take the 700-metre walking trail in which you can see 4 different types of forests.
    • Address: Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Moo 2 Ban Nong Chik, Khao Khram, Thailand​
    Pha TaemThailand
    This national parks border the neighbouring country of Laos and are a great place to view the Mekong River. The view of the river is spectacular, along with the natural beauty adorning the park. If you are looking for a bit of history, this park has designs, handprints, and animals drawings that are thought to be around 3,000 years old. The designs tell a story, making the experience quite unique. The park is in Ubon Ratchathani Province, in northeast Thailand and is situated across the river from the Phou Xieng Thong National Protected Area in Laos. Pha Taem is famous for its Dipterocarp forest cover, mushroom rocks, and the largest flower field in Thailand. Moreover, the park is a popular destination in which to see the New Year’s first sunshine to fall on the country.
    • Address: Huai Phai, Ubon Ratchathani, 34220, Thailand​
    Kaeng Krachan
    This national park sits along with the Tanintharyi Nature Reserve along the Myanmar border, in Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces. Interestingly, both the Pran Buri and Phetchaburi rivers start from within the park. Kaeng Krachan offers, perhaps, the most diverse wildlife, including elephants, leopards and monkeys. However, the park is very popular for those wanting to experience its wildlife. It’s also a popular spot for camping and hiking. Furthermore, it boasts spectacular viewpoints for sea of mist. The park offers a few medium size waterfalls and some smaller caves, with travel being possible by minivan. We recommend hiring a guide or minivan to take you deep into the park where the most beautiful scenery lies. There, you can go camping at the Baan Krang or Phanoen Thung campsites, where your experience is likely to be unforgettable.
    • Address: Kaeng Krachan, Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi 76170, Thailand​
    Last edited by Xerxes; 11-01-2022, 02:29 AM.