Thailand’s national parks are the hidden gems of a country which has everything. If you get the chance to ravel to Thailand, don’t miss these national park below.
Mu Ko Surin National Park
Mu Ko Surin are a protected group of islands in the Andaman Sea, 60km (37 miles) from the mainland. These islands offer many great snorkeling spots, with clear waters, stunning coral reefs and many kinds of fish, sea turtles and other marine life. There are also some great spots for diving, such as Richelieu Rock, a world famous diving site. You can take organized tours to this marine park or visit on your own. Some of the islands offer camping or bungalows for rent. Mu Ko Surin National Park is the ideal destination if you want to spend time relaxing on the beach or snorkeling.
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park
Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, in the Gulf of Thailand, is a marine national park consisting of 42 islands. The best way to see this park is to take a boat tour or rent your own boat. Speedboats and kayaks are both popular here. There are many spots that are good for snorkeling and diving. You can rent tents or bungalows if you want to stay one or more nights. Several islands have beautiful white sand beaches while others have mountains where you can hike and enjoy splendid views at the top. In addition to a wide variety of marine life, you may see monkeys, otters, wild boar, dusty-leaf and macaque monkeys on the islands.’
Khao Sok National Park
This national park, located in the Surat Thani Province, consists mainly of rainforest and jungle. It is, in fact, considered the rainiest spot in Thailand, which helps to support a wide diversity of plants and animals. In addition to hundreds of bird species, the park has wildcats, deer, tapirs, elephants and boar. You can also find one of the world’s largest flowers here, the increasingly rare Rafflesia kerrii, which, in Thailand, lives only in Khao Sok. The dry season, between June and October, is the optimal time to visit. Between April and June is monsoon season, when flooding is common and many trails are slippery.
Mu Ko Similan National Park
Mu Ko Similan National Park is another of Thailand’s marine parks, an archipelago of 11 islands 70 km (43 miles) off the coast of the Andaman Sea. These granite islands are as beautiful above the water as below, topped with rainforest, surrounded with white beaches and fringed by coral reefs. Between December and April, the waters are very clear, making it a good time for snorkeling and diving. Some of the islands, such as Ko Miang and Ko Simlan, have hotels and restaurants. There are several companies that offer diving tours of the islands. On some of these, you can stay aboard the boat for several nights and go on diving excursions during the days.
Ao Phang Nga National Park
Ao Phang Nga National Park is a marine park in southern Thailand, in the Phang Nga Province. There are quite a few things to see in this park, so it’s good if you can spend at least a few days here. The park encompasses a bay of 42 karst islands, with a number of beautiful beaches, dramatic limestone cliffs, caves and lagoons to explore. The most popular spot is James Bond Island, given its name after part of The Man With the Golden Gun was filmed here. If you like to explore caves, you’ll want to take a day trip to Koh Panak Cave, which can only be entered in a boat.
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