8 National Parks in Phuket: Witness Wildlife At It's Best!

Phuket National Parks

1. Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
2. Khao Sok National Park
3. Sirinat National Park
4. Khao Lampi National Park
5. Ao Phang Nga National Park
6. Mu Koh Similan National Park
7. Mu Koh Surin National Park
8. Phi Phi National Park

Spend time at some of the most breathtaking National Parks in Phuket that are famous all over the world for their natural beauty and fauna. These National Parks are known for their unique limestone cliffs, the vast expanses of virgin rainforests, the many hidden waterfalls gushing through the parks and pristine lakes.Another attractive feature about Parks such as Phang Nga Bay is their proximity to the ocean, which allows you to explore the tropical and coastal beauty of Phuket as well.

These beautiful Phuket National Parks are best explored in winter, when the weather is clear and you can go hiking, trekking, cycling and enjoy picnics. Parks such as Khao Phra Thaeo National Park and Mu Koh Similan National Park are especially sought out for their natural beauty and exotic range of flora and fauna that is representative of Thailand. At National Parks such as the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre, you can also interact with these beautiful animals. 

Here is the list of best national parks in Phuket:

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Khao Phra Thaeo National Park

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Located in the northern side of Phuket, this national park is filled with remaining virgin rainforest of the island. Khao Phra Thaeo is located 21.5 km away from the main city.

Flora: Virgin Rainforest

Fauna: Langurs, barking deer, mouse deer, wild boars, various monkeys, gibbons.

Opening Hours: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Thep Krasatti, Thalang District

Best time to Visit: During the rainy season

Entry cost: 200 bahts / 450 INR for foreign adults and 100 baht / 230 INR for foreign kids

                   20 baht for local adult and 10 baht for local children

Where to Stay: You can stay in the nearby budget hotel which is Mai Mai House, Baan Mai-Ek or even stay at BK Villa.

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Khao Sok National Park

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This is the most popular mainland national park located in South Thailand. Khao Sok is a rainforest with diversity comprising of different plants and animals. It is also one of the few largest national parks in the country and is also easily accessible by the public. This national park is situated 157.5 km away from the main city of Phuket.

Flora: Partly tropical evergreen forest and tropical rainforest

Fauna: Gaur, elephants, banteng, sambar deer, Asian black beer, gibbon, serow, great hornbill, helmeted hornbill, white crowned hornbill, osprey

Opening Hours: 7 am to 7 pm

Location: Khlong Sok, Phanom District

Total Area: 739 sq. Km

Best time to Visit: June and September

Entry cost: For foreign adults 300 baht / 680 INR and 150 baht / 340 INR for children, For local adults 40 baht and 20 baht for children

Where to Stay
: There are plenty of accommodation options near the Khao Sok National Park. Some of them are Tree Tops River Huts, Bamboo Family Inn, Khao Sok Green Valley Resort, The Royal Bamboo lodge, Smiley Bungalows, Khao Sok Jungle Hut etc

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Sirinat National Park

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Starting from the west of the airport to the island’s northern tip, the Sirinath National Park is one of the famous National Parks in Phuket. It covers about 90 square km thus enveloping the Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao beaches of the city.

Flora: Common ironwood, tulip tree, tropical almond, cajeput tree, Alexandrian laurel, screwpine, ashoka tree, black plum, elephant apple, and morning glory

Fauna
: Magpie Robin, Common myna, spotted dove, oriole, and greater racket tailed drongo, sandpiper, bar-tailed godwit, white breasted waterhen, slaty breasted rail, brahminy kite

Opening Hours: 6 am to 6 pm, everyday

Location: Northwest of Phuket Island in Thalang district

Total Area: 90 sq. km

Best time to Visit
: During the rainy season and for hiking, the best time is November to February

Entry cost: 200 baht / 450 INR per person for adult foreigners, 100 baht / 230 INR per person for child foreigners, 20 baht for local children and 40 baht for local adults.

Where to Stay: You can book your stay at Nai Yang Beach Resort  & Spa which is only 250 m away from the national park. The Pearl Village Hotel is at a distance of 450m (approx). Some other accommodation options are Pensiri House and The Touch Green.

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Khao Lampi National Park

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Khao Lampi is also popularly known as the Hat Thai Mueang National Park is located in the eastern area of Andaman and is divided into two parts Tai Muang beach and Lam Pee Mountain. It is 74.6 km away from the main city. The national park can be termed as the best Phuket National Park tour since it is the bounty of various kinds of birds and species.

Flora: Anisoptera costata, Hopea odorata, bullet wood, Dipterocarpus, Derris indica

Fauna: Collared Kingfisher, Coppersmith Barbet, Lineated Barbet, White bellied sea eagle, Booted Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Crested Serpent Eagle

Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Location: Thai Mueang, Thai Mueang District

Total Area: 72 sq. Km

Best time to Visit: December and April

Entry cost: 20 baht / 45 INR for adults and 10 baht / 22 INR for children

Where to Stay: You can stay in the nearby Golden lodge or Thai Mueang Resort as per your convenience

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05

Ao Phang Nga National Park

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Located on the Coast of Andaman Sea, this Phuket National Park is alluring and is also one of the beautiful and glamorous national parks in Thailand. Ao Phang Nga National Park is 76.3 km away from the main city of Phuket.

Fauna: Malaysian Plover, Asiatic Dowitcher, Black finless Porpoise

Opening Hours: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Location: Mueang Phang-nga District

Total Area: 154.4 sq. miles

Best time to Visit: November to February

Entry cost: 300 baht / 680 INR for adults and 100 baht / 230 INR  for children

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Mu Koh Similan National Park

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This is the part of the “Similan Island” which is located near to the Andaman islands. This is one of the most stunning National Parks in Phuket comprising of tropical jungle beauty, white sandy beaches and the turquoise blue waters are undoubtedly the most popular dive destination of Thailand.

Flora: Barringtonia asiatica, Calophyllum inophyllum, Hibiscus tiliaceus, Memecylon, Fischer

Fauna: Pied imperial pigeons, white bellied sea eagles, cattle egret, grey wagtail, bush tailed porcupine, horseshoe bat, grey cheeked flying squirrel, hairless bat.

Opening Hours: 9 am – 6 pm

Location: Near Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Total Area: 26 sq. Km

Best time to Visit: During the rainy season and for hiking, the best time is November to February

Entry cost: 500 Baht / 1130 INR for adults 300 baht / 680 INR for children

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Mu Koh Surin National Park

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The Mu Koh Surin, one of the finest National Parks in Phuket, is an isle in the Andaman Sea which is situated from about 70 kilometers from the western shore which is next to Thailand and Myanmar border. The park includes attractive coral reefs and different types of colourful fishes. It is also one of the best places for snorkeling which gives a chance to view and appreciate the coral reefs in the shallow.

Fauna: Little Heron, Common Sandpiper str and Little Tern, Island flying fox, Black Bearded Tomb Bat, Pig Tailed Macaque and Common Wild Pig, Bengal Monitor, Water Monitor, Reticulated Python

Opening Hours: 9 am – 5 pm

Location: Khura Buri District, Phang-nga

Total Area: 141 sq. Km

Best time to Visit: In the months of May to October

Entry cost: 500 baht / 1130 INR for foreign adults and 300 bahts / 680 INR for foreign children

                   100 bahts for local adults and 50 bahts for children

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Phi Phi National Park

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It is basically a group of islands situated in Thailand. This isle is situated in between Phuket Island and Krabi province. It is 169.5 km away from Phuket city. This is a must to include in the Phuket National Park tour. The Phi Phi National Park is a part of the Phi Phi Islands. It is the best place to visit in case spending time on overnight trips with a spectacular view is the main target.

Fauna: Various species, migratory birds, reptiles, fishes and aquatic invertebrate animals such as sea slug

Opening Hours:  8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Location: Located in Thailand between Phuket Island and Krabi

Total Area: 12.25 sq. Km

Best time to Visit: November to April

Entry cost: Adult foreigners 400 baht / 900 INR and children 200 baht / 450 INR

                   Local Adult 40 baht and children 20 baht

Where to Stay
: Some of the exotic accommodation options are Phi Phi Sea Sky Resort, Phi Phi Hill Bamboo Bungalow, Sabai Sea View Bungalow,  Phuphaya Seaview Resort etc.

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  1. Which are the best national parks in Phuket?

    1. Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre: The Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre is one of the most well-maintained and interactive National parks that is home to rescued pet gibbons. You can help the local volunteers feed the animals and even sign up for their international outreach programme. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre has been around since 1992.

    2. Khao Phra Thaeo National Park: One of the most beautiful National Parks in Phuket is the Khao Phra Thaeo which houses the island’s last virgin rainforest. You can trek to the picturesque Tonsai Waterfall that can be found in the Park.

    3. Loma Park: Another beautiful and picturesque National Park is the Loma Park in Phuket, where you can relax in the beachy environment under shaded seats. There are recreational zones and several festivals take place here to celebrate the local flora, fauna and culture of Phuket.

    4. Phang Nga Bay: One of the most popular National Parks in Phuket is the Phang Nga Bay, where you can visit James Bond Island and Koh Panyee. It offers several spectacular viewpoints and limestone islands that are known for their beautiful beaches. You can go on boat rides on the bay, eat at the local restaurants and enjoy the limestone karsts that are a signature aspect of this park.

  2. Why is Khao Sok National Park so famous?

    The Khao Sok National Park is one of the most famous Phuket National Parks where you can find several exotic animals residing in the rainforests. There are also several popular attractions within the park such as the Cheow Lan Lake, several picturesque waterfalls, trekking and hiking trails, caves and rivers, along with iconic limestone hills. The park is also home to several beautiful animals such as Asian black bears, macaques, sambar deer, Malayan tapirs, marbled cats, mouse-deer, Asiatic wild dogs and much more.
  3. What is the best time to visit Mu Koh Similan National Park?

    The best time to visit the Mu Koh Similar National Park located on the Similan Islands is during wintertime that arrives during December and lasts till early January. The Park remains closed for the most part of the year, from the 16th of May to the 14th of October. This is because of the heavy rainfall and the lack of animals roaming around the park. During winter, you can see the animals in their natural habitat and explore the Park without the fear of bad weather.
  4. What can we do in the National Parks in Phuket?

    1. Trekking: Phuket National Parks offer the perfect opportunity for exciting trekking adventures, especially in parks such as Khao Phra Thaeo and Phang Nga Bay with their rugged landscapes and limestone hills.

    2. Picnics: The beautiful National Parks of Phuket are ideal to spend time in the midst of nature and enjoy a lovely day. The stunning Saphan Hill National Park with its lakeside picnic spots is perfect for such relaxing activities.

    3. Scuba diving: The coastal nature of Phuket allows you to enjoy exciting water sports such as diving, snorkelling and scuba diving in National Parks such as Koh Similan, where you can discover over 200 unique species of corals underwater.

    4. Boating: Another exciting activity that can be experienced in these national parks is boating, kayaking, canoeing and other water-centric activities. You can check out the Sirinath National Park that has beautiful mangrove forests that you can explore on a boat.

  5. What are Phuket National Parks famous for?

    All the National Parks in Phuket are famous for their incredible natural beauty. Defined by their towering limestone cliffs, natural caves, virgin rainforests, gushing waterfalls, easy access to the ocean and a wide range of flora and fauna, these National Parks are a nature-lover’s dream destination. The National parks are also unique because of their proximity to the ocean, therefore you can also indulge in waterside activities such as snorkelling, swimming, boating and much more.
  6. What is the best time to visit Khao Lampi National Park?

    Winter is considered the best time to visit the Khao Lampi National Park. Wintertime lasts between the months of November to February, when the weather is pleasant and cool during the day and chilly during night time. The Park experiences heavy rainfall during the months of June, July, August, September and October, hence it is not advisable to visit during that time.

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