Thailand's National Parks: A Glimpse into Nature and Wildlife537
BY Dr. Theodore Bennet (Professor Bear)

Thailand's National Parks: A Glimpse into Nature and Wildlife

Thailand is famous for its beautiful beaches, interesting history, and tasty food. But its National  Parks are one of its best-kept secrets. These protected areas show off Thailand’s natural beauty and give many animals a place to live. Thailand's national parks have many ecosystems to explore, from tropical rainforests to scenic mountain ranges.

The National Parks of Thailand are a dream come true for nature lovers. Every park is a different way to learn about Thailand's ecosystems, from the lush, green jungles to the clear, blue waters. Thailand's National Parks have something for everyone, from people who love watching birds to bold adventurers who want to relax. 

What's so great about these parks? Here are some main reasons why everyone who wants to travel should visit Thailand's National Parks.



The Diversity of Thailand's National Parks

National Park Northern Thailand

With over 145 National Parks nationwide, Thailand has much to offer. This shows that the country wants to protect its wildlife and natural beauty. One of the amazing things about Thailand's national parks is that each one has its unique mix of plants and animals, landscape, and ecosystem. 

National Parks in Thailand offer an incredible range of landscapes. The diversity is magnificent, from blue coastal parks like Mu Ko Similan National Park with magnificent coral reefs to Doi Inthanon National Park, the country's highest peak. 

Wildlife is abundant as you travel through these different National Parks. These parks are home to rare animals like the Asian Elephant and the Malayan Tapir. Over 900 kinds of birds live in Thailand, making it a paradise for bird lovers. There are 27,000 kinds of plants in Thailand's National Parks, ranging from tall trees to bright orchids and ferns. Every trip is an experience since there is always something new to see and learn.



Thailand's National Parks: Our Top Picks and Their Unique Traits

Here are our top picks for Thailand’s national parks, each with its charm.


#1 Khao Sok National Park 

Khao Sok National Park is an incredible find among Thailand’s national parks. It is in the southern part of the country. The park is a biodiversity hotspot with an age greater than the Amazon Rainforest, and it has the largest natural forest in Southern Thailand. 

Beautiful Mountains Ratchaprapha Dam Khao Sok National Park Surat Thani Province Thailand

Khao Sok's most popular feature is the beautiful Cheow Lan Lake. It is a man-made lake with emerald-green waters surrounded by limestone cliffs. The park has many hiking trails, allowing visitors to see the park's diverse wildlife, including gibbons, hornbills, and even the rare Malayan sun bear. Khao Sok National Park is a great place to experience natural beauty and local culture.



#2 Erawan National Park

Erawan National Park is found in Kanchanaburi. It is renowned for its seven-tiered Erawan Waterfall, given its name after the mythological white elephant with three heads found in Hindu mythology. You can enjoy the blue pools at each level of the falls, which are full of friendly fish.

Waterfall Level 1 Erawan National Park Kanchanaburi Thailand High Shutter Speed Freeze No Motion

 The park covers more than 550 square kilometers. It is home to many animals, such as macaques, elephants, and more than 80 different kinds of birds. There are hiking trails all over the park, leading to beautiful views and secret caves.



#3 Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is a must-see for mountain fans. It is in northern Thailand. At an altitude of 2,565 meters, Doi Inthanon is Thailand's tallest peak, which can be found in this park. When the weather is good, the summit offers mesmerizing views of the mountains and valleys nearby. 

Landmark Pagoda Doi Inthanon National Park Chiang Mai Thailand

Doi Inthanon National Park is distinguished by its montane forests, filled with bird species and blossoming with vibrant Rhododendron flowers. The park also has many waterfalls and caves, making it a great place for excitement and relaxation.



#4 Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park

If you're visiting the island of Koh Phangan in Thailand, Mu Ko Ang Thong National Marine Park is a must-see. This park contains waterfalls, concealed caverns, and limestone cliffs, and it encompasses more than 40 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. 

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The clear blue waters are great for swimming and diving to see the variety of sea life below the surface. You can also kayak or hike through this beautiful paradise to enjoy the stunning views. 



#5 Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park is three of Thailand's largest and most famous national parks. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are beautiful caves and waterfalls in the park's dense forest. Additionally, it harbors several endangered species, including the gaur, clouded leopard, and Asian elephant.

Landscape Meadow with Tree Khao Yai National Park Thailand

The best thing about this park is the night safari walk, where you can try to spot some of the park's elusive animals that come out at night. Khao Yai National Park is a place that has something for everyone, whether you want to have fun or relax.



#6 Kui Buri National Park

Kui Buri National Park is found in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. It is well-known for contributing to the effective preservation of wild elephants in Thailand. On guided park tours, visitors may see these magnificent animals and other species like barking deer and Asian serow.

Nature Education Center Bueng Bua Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Kui Buri District Prachuap

The rough terrain and thick woods also make it possible to go hiking and watch birds. For people who care about protecting wildlife, a trip to Kui Buri National Park is both educational and rewarding.



#7 Kaeng Krachan National Park

The Kaeng Krachan National Park, with a total area of 2,915 square kilometers, is one of the largest national parks in Thailand. It is spread out across the provinces of Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. 

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Birds of more than 400 kinds live in the park, including some that are rare or in danger of going extinct. It also has beautiful streams, waterfalls, and lakes spread out across its land. You can learn about the park's different environments by hiking or boat ride along the reservoir.



#8 Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is mostly known as a marine and nature reserve in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan. It is known for its limestone caves. The park's other name, "Mountains with Three Hundred Peaks," comes from the many tall limestone hills spread across the area. 

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Outdoor Landscape

You can see these beautiful formations by hiking or taking boat trips along the coast. There is also a lot of different wildlife in the park, including more than 300 birds, making it a great place to watch birds. 



#9 Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

This National Park is located in Phitsanulok Province. It is an excellent place for nature fans and adventurers as well. Many kinds of animals, like bears, deer, and more than 200 types of birds, live in its lush environment.

Beautiful Forest Landscape Thung Salaeng Luang National Park Phitsanulok Province Thailand Savanna National Park Thailand Named Thung Salaeng Luan

Many trails in the park take people through its different landscapes, allowing them to see rare plants and animals. Thung Salaeng Luang National Park is a peaceful place to avoid the chaos of the city. It has a calm mood and beautiful scenery.



#10 Sai Yok National Park

Sai Yok National Park is present in Kanchanaburi Province. It is famous for its beautiful rocks and waterfalls. The Sai Yok Yai Waterfall is the most well-known of these. It is a 30-meter cascade that empties into the peaceful River Kwai Noi. You may also discover the stunning Sai Yok Noi Waterfall in the National Park.

Waterfall Sai Yok National Park Kanchanaburi Thailand

The park also features numerous caves for visitors, such as the Pha Tat Cave, home to Buddha images and stalactites and stalagmites. Wildlife in the park, like tigers, bears, and gibbons, makes any trip more exciting.



#11 Huai Nam Dang National Park

Huai Nam Dang National Park is a nature lover's dream. It is in the mountains of northern Thailand. Over 300 kinds of birds and other animals, like wild elephants and gibbons, live in the park's lush forests. 

Beautiful Sunset Hight Mountains Huai Nam Dang National Park Chiang Mai Province Thailand

Hikers can experience the park by hiking along its beautiful trails or an exciting white-water rafting trip down the Mae Taeng River. The cool weather and beautiful views in Huai Nam Dang National Park make it a great place to escape Thailand's hot and humid plains.



#12 Thap Lan National Park

Thap Lan National Park is also one of Thailand's largest parks. It is situated in the Dong Phaya Yen mountain range. It is spread across four different provinces in the country. The park has a lot of different plants and animals, including some rare ones like the Siamese crocodile and the Indochinese tiger.

Water Middle Rocks with Forested Mountain

You can hike or go on a jeep safari trip to see the park's rough terrain. You can also camp in Thap Lan National Park, which lets them fully enjoy the park's wildlife and natural beauty. 



#13 Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

The Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park is a big wilderness area with breathtaking mountain views. It is located in the Phitsanulok and Phetchabun Provinces. There are many waterfalls, streams, and caves to discover in the park.

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 It is also home to many animals, like wild pigs and Asiatic black bears. The park has well-kept trails where you can take a stroll or hike more difficult to Phu Thap Buek, the park's highest hill. Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park is a must-see for nature lovers because it has a peaceful atmosphere and stunning views.



#14 Tarutao National Park

Tarutao National Park is a marine and nature reserve comprising 51 islands in the Andaman Sea. The park is famous for snorkeling and diving because it has beautiful beaches, clear water, and many kinds of sea life. It is also home to many animals, like langurs and hornbills. 

Tarutao National Park Satun Province Thailand

You can camp on some of the park's islands, like Ko Tarutao, and have a quiet night under the stars. Visit Tarutao National Park for an amazing experience with its gorgeous island scenery and abundant marine life.



Wildlife Conservation Efforts in Thailand's National Parks

Scene Family Elephants Khao Yai National Park Thailand Animal Wild

We should appreciate Thailand's National Parks' beauty, conservation efforts to preserve them, and their unique species.


Active Conservation Measures

Thailand's National Parks are not just places for tourists to visit but also places where animals are protected. For example, Kui Buri National Park's scheme to protect elephants has won recognition all over the world.



Anti-Poaching Initiatives

There are also strict measures to stop hunting. For example, the police in Khao Yai National Park work hard to keep animals like the Asian Elephant and the Clouded Leopard safe from being hunted illegally.



Habitat Restoration Projects

Another important part of conservation is restoring habitats. Reforestation projects are being done in Doi Inthanon National Park to bring back native plants and make a safe place for many bird species. These initiatives help wildlife and conserve Thailand's natural beauty.



Sustainable Tourism Practices

Thailand's national parks promote sustainable tourism. This includes restrictions on the number of people visiting certain places, encouraging eco-friendly activities like hiking and kayaking, and teaching people how important it is to protect these ecosystems.



Planning Your Visit: Practical Tips

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Planning is important before you go to Thailand's National Parks. Note these useful suggestions:

  • Find out about the park you want to visit and learn their rules and laws.
  • Use the parks' guided trips and activities to learn more about the plants and animals that live there.
  • Protect the environment and wildlife by following the "Leave No Trace" rule.
  • Be mindful that your actions affect the environment, and avoid things that could hurt the park or animals.
  • Book eco-friendly trips and accommodations to help protect the environment.
  • Visit off-peak seasons to reduce crowds and environmental effects.


With these tips in mind, you can enjoy Thailand's National Parks to the fullest while also helping to protect them. 


Thailand's National Parks: A Glimpse into Nature and Wildlife


Thailand's National Parks are not only lovely destinations to visit, but they are also significant sites for various species to live. When you visit these parks, you get to see the beautiful scenery and wildlife for yourself and help protect them.

Why wait? Get ready for your trip to Thailand's National Parks and enjoy the beauty of nature. Always treat the environment carefully and leave it as you found it so future generations can enjoy it. 

Therefore, Thailand's National Parks are ready to welcome you with open arms whether you're looking for excitement, love nature, or want to get away from the noise and chaos of the city. Have a great time! Enjoy exploring!

Written by
Dr. Theodore Bennet (Professor Bear)

Hi! I'm Dr. Theodore Bennet (Professor Bear), your scholarly travel companion who brings history to life with immersive tours and expert guides. With a Ph.D. in History and years of travel writing experience, I offer authoritative insights for unforgettable journeys.


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