30 Best National Parks in Thailand - 2020 (Photos & Reviews)
Rich with scenic landscapes, and exotic species of flora, fauna and avifauna, there are national parks in Thailand a visit to which will add thrill and charm to your vacation. From uninhabited islands that proudly embrace their virgin forests and exquisite beaches to vast stretches of untainted forests that are home to a great diversity of plants, trees, animals, and birds – nature has blessed Thailand with some priceless gems.

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Take a jungle safari and spot tigers, elephants, jackals, etc., indulge in kayaking to lay your eyes on Thailand's remote beauties, or take challenging hikes to explore the rich ecosystem at your own pace – these national parks are perfect for adventure junkies.

To witness the real beasts like bears, tigers, and elephants, you can visit Thailand national parks like Khao Sok National Park, Khao Luang National Park, and Thap Lan National Park. For trekking enthusiasts who would like to explore forests on foot, Khao Phra National Park and Mu Ko Lanta National Park have some fantastic trails.

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And if it's unspoilt beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving that fascinate you, you should check Mu Ko Similan and Mu Ko Surin national parks as they feature plenty of diving sites in the crystal clear sea brimming with vibrant creatures.

Here is the list of best national parks in Thailand:

01

Khao Yai National Park

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Khao Yai National Park

Whether your plan is to discover some noteworthy species of flora and fauna or you want to participate in a variety of adventure sports, Khao yai National Park will not disappoint you in the least bit. Covering a vast stretch of dry deciduous forest, evergreen forest, and grasslands, this park is home to diverse wildlife species like Bear, Gibbon, Barking Deer, and Macaque.

And with exotic avifauna species like Great Hornbill, Pitta, and Barbet in a total of nearly 300 species, it is also considered to be a great spot for bird watching. For thrill-seekers, in addition to jungle safari, there are long stretches of biking and hiking trails.

Location: Hin Tung, Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok 26000, Thailand

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 400 Baht / 900 Rupees per person

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Kui Buri National Park

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Kui Buri National Park

Take a break from beach-hopping in Thailand, and visit Kui Buri National Park to spot wild elephants and gaurs roaming freely in their natural habitat. Stretched across 4 districts in an area of 969 sq km, this is one of the underrated national parks in Thailand. Since not too many tourists visit this sanctuary, you can expect an uninterrupted safari experience. Camping facility is also available just in case you plan to stay the night.

Location: Tenasserim Hills in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province

Timings: 2 pm to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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04

Doi Inthanon National Park

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Doi Inthanon National Park

Fondly called ‘the roof of Thailand’, Doi Inthanon National Park encompasses a large number of stunning waterfalls, remote villages, and Thailand’s highest mountain – Doi Inthanon. Though bigger mammals can no longer be found here, you can still spot deers, gibbons, wild boars, etc. Featuring a couple of hiking trails, this park is also popular as an adventure spot.

Covering several forests with a variety of vegetations including pines, Doi Inthanon National Park boasts a rich biota. Besides, if you are into landscape photography, you can get some spectacular frames while you are here.

Location
: Ban Luang, Chom Thong, Thailand

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 300 Baht / 680 Rupees per person

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Kaeng Krachan National Park

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Kaeng Krachan National Park

When you are done with sightseeing rituals in Thailand, you can head straight to Kaeng Krachan National Park to embrace some moments of relaxation along with some wild thrill. Located on thailand-Burma Border, this national park is the largest in Thailand, covering an area of 2,915 sq km.

Replete with valleys, waterfalls, caves, and grasslands, the park is home to clouded leopards, deer, bears, mongoose, etc. Kaeng Krachan not only houses a very rich flora and fauna diversity, but is also a hotspot for adventure in Thailand with various opportunities for hiking.

Location: Kaeng Krachan, Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi 76170, Thailand

Timings: 5 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: 400 Baht / 900 Rupees per person

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Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok National Park

Step into a world of wilderness at Khao Sok National Park located in the southern part of the country. Established in 1980, stretched across an area of 739 sq km, this nature reserve is believed to be one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world.

With an impressive range of exotic fauna species like Tiger, Gibbon, Elephant, Gaur, and many more calling the park their home, it is one of the best national parks in Thailand for wildlife exploration.

Moreover, shrouded in a thick foliage of greenery, this place is replete with innumerable caves, numerous hidden waterfalls. Elephant safari, trekking, kayaking, are some of the activities you can try here.

Location: Phanom, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings: 7 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: 300 Baht / 678 Rupees per person

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Erawan National Park

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Erawan National Park

If you are seeking refuge in a world of untamed nature, Erawan National Park has plenty of ways to mesmerize you with its scenic beauty and untainted atmosphere. Thanks to the presence of Erawan Falls, ponds with emerald waters, and caves located within its deciduous and dry evergreen forests, this park is listed among the most charming national parks in Thailand.

The hilly terrain of the reserve shelter a great biodiversity that includes species like Wild Elephant, Wild Boar, Sambar, and Indian Muntjac in addition to an extensive range of birds.

Location
: Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand

Timings
: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fee
: 300 Baht / 680 Rupees per person

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

One of Thailand's best kept secrets, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is an absolute delight for wildlife enthusiasts as well as those who travel for the scenery. The forest areas inside the park feature some exotic animals like dusky leaf monkeys, barking deer, Malayan porcupine, and many more.

This park is best known for housing the country’s largest freshwater marsh and a large number of limestone hills that look extremely picturesque. Besides, visitors also enjoy visiting Laem Sala Beach and Phraya Nakhon Cave.

Location: Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

Timings: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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09

Tarutao National Marine Park

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Tarutao National Marine Park

Your Thailand exploration is incomplete without a visit to this park encompassing 51 islands in the Strait of Malacca. Pristine islands featuring tropical forests, exquisitely beautiful beaches, and shallow coral reefs teeming with a vibrant fishes – this park has too much to see and experience.

The islands are home to water monitors, hornbills, eagles, fishing cats, and tree pythons in addition to an exotic collection of marine species. Koh Lipe and Koh Tarutao are some popular attractions and also the spots where visitors are permitted to stay.

Location: 325 Walking Street, Ko Tarutao, Mueang Satun District, Chang Wat Satun 91000, Thailand

Timings: Open 24 Hours

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Ao Phang Nga National Park

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Ao Phang Nga National Park

Inarguably one of the most visited among Thailand national parks, Ao Phang Nga National Park is a treasure trove of experiences and picturesque spots, covering more than 40 islands including the renowned James Bond Island. These islands are blessed with gravity defying rock formations, limestone cliffs, caves, mangrove forests, and most importantly, unblemished beaches.

The thick forests on the islands shelter species like Malayan Pit Viper, Dusky Langur, Macaque, White-Handed Gibbon. To explore the explored and lesser explored regions of the park, rent a kayak and go kayaking to soak it all up!

Location: Ko Panyi, Mueang Phang-nga District, Phang-nga 82000, Thailand

Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fee: 300 Baht / 680 Rupees per person

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Mu Ko Similan National Park

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Mu Ko Similan National Park

A perfect recipe for wildlife exploration and landscape photography in Thailand, a visit to Mu Ko Similan National Park is an offbeat experience that should be on your bucket list. An archipelago consisting of 11 islands, spellbinding corals, turquoise waters with colourful sea creatures, and much more, this national park is a visual treat to one’s senses.

If you are in the mood for some action, this region has some of the best diving sites. Ko Similan, Ko Ha & Ko Hok, and Ko Miang are some of the must visit islands here.

Location: Lam Kaen, Thai Mueang District, Phang-nga, Thailand

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 500 Baht / 1130 Rupees per person

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Mu Ko Surin National Park

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Mu Ko Surin National Park

To take a plunge into the beautiful coral reefs of Thailand and explore its colourful marine biodiversity, you should definitely reserve a day for Mu Ko Surin National Park. This marine park covers an archipelago of 5 islands which look stunningly beautiful with their silvery beaches and hillocks blanketed under lush greenery.

Mo Ku Surin also claims some great diving sites with crystal clear waters like Richelieu Rock, Koh Kai, and Suthep Bay. For accommodation, you can rent tents or bungalows.

Location: Tambon Khura, Amphoe Khura Buri, Phang-Nga

Timings: 24 Hours

Entry Fee
: 500 Baht / 1130 Rupees per person

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Khao Luang National Park

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Khao Luang National Park

An unspoilt tropical paradise to make your vacation in Thailand a lavish memory, Khao Luang National Park is a protected area embellished with mountains, forests, river streams, and uncountable waterfalls.

If you are a nature or wildlife enthusiast, you ought to know the park has a collection of more than 300 species of orchids and 200 species of migratory and resident birds. The mammals found here are elephants, gaurs, wild boars, tigers, Malayan tapirs, sumatran serow, etc.

Location: Lan Saka District, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

Timings
: 7 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee
: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Khao Phra National Park

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Khao Phra National Park

Featuring some untainted and untouched rainforest areas, Khao Phra National Park is an ideal spot for a serious wildlife experience in the northern part of Thailand. A visit to the park may bring you face to face with animals like langurs, bears, gibbons, and mouse deer in addition to some unique species of flora.

Whether you want to take nature walks, indulge in challenging hikes, or sit in a cool pool under a gushing waterfall, this national park has various treats.

Location: Thep Krasatti, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: 400 Baht / 900 Rupees per person

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15

Si Lanna National Park

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Si Lanna National Park

Easily one of the prettiest among Thailand national parks, Si Lanna National Park is spread across an area of 1400 sq km in forested mountain regions. In terms of visual delights, you can come across a number of caves, springs, and waterfalls during your tour in the park. And if you are into adventure sports and activities, you have several options like hiking, rafting, kayaking, and bird watching while you are in this peaceful abode.

Location: Ban Pao, Mae Taeng District, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: 100 Baht / 226 Baht per person

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Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam

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Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam

One of the best choices to get away from the hubbub of Krabi for a while, Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam is a nature park in Thailand. Located close to Krabi, it is a popular tourist spot but is seldom crowded.

There is a wooden walkway inside the park which lets you walk over the swamp and take in the splendid views of refreshing forests to get mesmerized. To enhance your experience further, you can also indulge in a boat ride here.

Location: Khao Khram, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: 50 Baht / 110 Rupees per person

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Pha Taem National Park

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Pha Taem National Park

One of those national parks in Thailand that offer an opportunity for an extensive sightseeing experience along with nature and wildlife exploration Pha Taem National Park is worth a visit. River streams snaking through the valleys and forests, age-old paintings, unique rock formations, beds of wildflowers, and endless stretches of green foliage – there is so much to admire here. Besides, this park is also known for being the best vantage point to observe the earliest sunrise in Thailand, so you must carry your camera along.

Location: Huai Phai, Khong Chiam District, Ubon Ratchathani 34220, Thailand

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 400 Baht / 900 Rupees per person

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Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

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Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

It does not matter if you are an adventure junkie or an artist with a camera, this national park is packed with a wealth of landscapes and experiences. One of the largest among Thailand national parks, Thung Salaeng Luang National Park is best known for its hiking trails and extremely scenic campsites.

Thung Salaeng Luang and Kaeng Sopha Waterfall are two of the many attractions the park claims. Furthermore, this park also features the longest cave in Thailand - Tham Phra Wang Daeng.

Location: Nakhon Thai District, Thailand

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 500 Baht / 1130 Rupees per person

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Hat Chao Mai National Park

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Hat Chao Mai National Park

A marine park established in 1981, Hat Chao Mai National Park is best known for its paradisiacal beaches like Hat Chao Mai Beach and Hat Chang Lang Beach. Some of the major islands covered in this protected area are Ko Muk, Ko Kradan, and Ko Cheuk which you can visit on a tour of this national park.

In addition to beautiful coral reefs and a rich marine life, the islands in the park also house animal and bird species like Langur, Macaque, Pangolin, Sea Eagle, Monitor Lizard, etc.

LocationSikao and Kantang Districts of Trang Province

Timings
: 9 am to 4 pm

Entry Fee
: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Pranburi Forest National Park

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Pranburi Forest National Park

One of the smallest national parks in Thailand, Pranburi Forest National Park is an ideal choice if you want to spend a couple of hours in the company of nature, overlooking vast stretches of mangrove forest.

The park features two nature trails that pass through dense forest housing a variety of animals like porcupine and chipmunks. An easy stroll on one of these trails while taking in the lush green surroundings and breathing in the fresh air is truly rejuvenating experience.

Location: Amphoe Pran Buri, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220, Thailand

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi

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Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Krabi

Since it is located in Krabi Province, Mu Ko Lanta National Park is one of the most sought after national parks in Thailand. This marine park is blessed with some of the most iconic islands including Koh Lanta Noi, Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Ngai, Koh Maa and some more which are excellent for activities.

Swim in the shallow waters, dive to explore the rich underwater world, sunbathe on the sandy beaches, hike on the scenic trails, and click a hundred pictures – you will never run out of things to do here.

Location: Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Moo 5, Tambon Ko Lanta Yai, Amphoe Ko Lanta, Krabi, 81150, Thailand

Timings: 8:30 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park

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 Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park

One of the top national parks in Thailand that are located close to Phuket, Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park is blessed with myriad scenic beaches, vast stretches of pristine forest, and a very rich biodiversity.

Spread across an area of 125 sq km, this park possesses a wealth of fascinating waterfalls, dome shaped granite mountains, sea cliffs, and tropical evergreen forests, making it extremely picturesque. Reptiles like Malayan pit vipers and Bengal monitors, mammals like black giant squirrels, Malaysian tapirs, Malayan porcupines, etc. can be found here.

Location: Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82210, Thailand

Timings: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Phu Kradueng National Park

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Phu Kradueng National Park

One of the few on the list of Thailand national parks that can be reached by public transport, Phu Kradueng National Park offers a tranquil escape into a purely natural world made of deciduous forests, dry evergreen forests, and oak-pine forests.

If you do not mind moving your muscles, you can trek to the upper camp site and enjoy a peaceful camping experience or rent a bungalow. Bicycles are also available on rent to explore the park. Although there are not too many wild animals to see except sambars and golden jackals, the park has some amazing waterfalls and viewpoints.

LocationSi Than, Phu Kradueng District, Loei 42180, Thailand

Timings: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Entry Fee: 400 Baht / 900 Rupees per person

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Thap Lan National Park

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Thap Lan National Park

If you are wildlife enthusiast seeking some authentic Thai wilderness fun, this refreshing world of dry evergreen forest, fan palm forest, and dipterocarp is an ideal option. Spanning over the San Kamphaeng Range, Thap Lan National Park cradles within its realm a great diversity of animals and plants.

If you get lucky, you may spot tigers, elephants, black bear, sun bear, gibbon, etc. while touring the park. Besides, the park has several waterfalls, valleys, and streams that are the source of some major rivers in the country.

Location: 1, 520, Kabin Buri - Pak Thong Chai Rd, Bu Phram, Na Di District, Prachin Buri 25220, Thailand

Timing: 8.30 am - 16.30 pm

Entry Fee
: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Khao Laem National Park

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 Khao Laem National Park

Featuring hilly terrain covered with various types of forests and a large reservoir, this park gives photography enthusiasts great opportunities to capture landscapes. More than the wildlife, the park is known for being a great nature escape where you can camp by the large water body or rent cottages to spend a few days in pure solitude.

If you crave adventure, the park also has some excellent hiking trails that take you to viewpoints from where you can enjoy panoramic views of the hills, forests, and the reservoir.

Location: 7 Ton Son Alley, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Timings: 9 am to 4 pm

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Khlong Phanom National Park

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Khlong Phanom National Park

Whether you are interested in discovering the rich biota of Thailand or you want to disconnect yourself from the outer world and go hibernating, a visit to Khlong Phanom National Park is a must. In addition to biological diversity, Khlong Phanom is also renowned for its spellbinding landscapes that make it one of the most distinctive national parks in Thailand.

The park features coastal areas, towering limestone hills, rain forest, mangrove forest, and a range of birds that makes it a popular choice, however, there are not too many notable animal species here.

Location: 1 Phangnga Soi 4, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand

Timing
: 8:00 am - 17:00 pm

Entry Fee
: 100 Baht / 226 Rupees per person

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Tat Mok National Park

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Tat Mok National Park

A relatively smaller national park in area but rich with great biodiversity and scenic beauty nonetheless, Tat Mok National Park is a good place to experience the beauty of raw nature. The forest area of the park is composed of mixed deciduous and dry evergreen forests, and the major attraction to be seen here is the spellbinding Tat Mok Waterfall in a collection of countless cascades.

In terms of large animals, you can spot elephants, gaurs, serow among many others. If you feel like making this place your abode for a while, bungalows are available on rent.

Location
: Na Pa, Mueang Phetchabun District, Phetchabun 67000, Thailand

Timing
: 6:00 am - 18:00 pm 

Entry Fee
: 100 Baht / 226 Rupees per person

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Sirinat National Park

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Sirinat National Park

Being a part of the popular destination, Phuket, Sirinat National Park is one of the best places in Thailand to enjoy a tour of secluded beaches and tranquil atmosphere. Located in the northwestern coast of Phuket, this national park features clusters of coral reefs that house diverse marine species and mangrove forests that shelter avifaunal species.

Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao, Hat Nai Thon, and Hat Sai Kaew are the most fascinating beaches in the park. Apart from snorkelling, you can also enjoy cruising, nature walks, swimming while you are at this vibrant part of the country.

Location: 1 Sa Khu, Thalang District, Chang Wat Phuket 83140, Thailand

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park

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Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park

Famous for various mountaintop ponds teeming with lotuses and vast stretches of lush green forests, Phu Sa Dok Bua is counted among the finest Thailand national parks. Get on the top to relish a breathtaking scenery, enjoy the solace of nature’s lap, and click lots of pictures to immortalize your moments here.

If you are interested in exploring the biodiversity of the park, you may spot barking deers, porcupines, and red jungle fowls inhabiting the mixed deciduous and dry evergreen forests.

Location: Pa Rai, Don Tan District, Mukdahan 49120, Thailand

Timing: 6:00 am - 18:00 pm

Entry Fee
: 200 Baht / 450 Rupees per person

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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

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Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

If you are a fan of underwater world, a tour of Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park is highly recommended. The park consists of a total of 42 islands, all of which are uninhabited if you leave the nomadic villages at Ko Wua Ta Lap and Ko Phaluai out.

These islands are untainted and are beautiful beyond imagination with inland marine lakes, caves, lush green hills, and rock formations. Though the sea water in the region is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna, there are not too many animals to be found on the islands except dusky leaf monkeys, wild boars, otters and some more.

Location: Thongsala Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings: Open 24 Hours

Entry Fee: 300 Baht / 680 Rupees per person

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