Map of Thailand's Top National Parks

Thailand's national parks vary from remote beaches to complete nature destinations. Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai province has the highest peak in Thailand. Even on the hottest days, the elevation of Doi Inthanon is cool and inviting.

Koh Similan is both remote and seasonal. West of Phangnga in the Andaman Sea, Koh Similan has world class scuba diving offshore and quiet beaches on the small island.

Khao Yai is Thailand's best known national park. Accessible from 5 provinces in the Central and Northeast regions, the park has abundant animal populations, forests, savannahs and waterfalls. You can rent bungalows and tents.

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Huay Nam Dang

Huay Nam Dang is another highland nature park in Chiang Mai. Lots of trees and flowers, orchids included.
  • Elephant trekking among the trees and above the clouds
  • Nice bungalows, tent camping and food services at 2 locations
  • Rubber boat (“white water”) rafting and river rafting on the Mae Taeng.

Namtok Mae Surin

Namtok Mae Surin in Mae Hong Son province is a range of highly diverse mountain wilderness. It varies from sparse to lush and dense evergreen forest.
  • Flora include Teak, stands of upland pine. Many species of orchid and wildflower, including an indigenous and rare Lady Slipper Orchid. Recent reported.
  • Animals indigenous to the park are Malayan sun bear, serow, golden cat, common muntjac, gibbon, wild boar, python and cobra.

Doi Phu Kha

Doi Phu Kha in Nan Province has some outstanding waterfalls nature trails. Flowers include the Chompu Phu Kha Flower.

Cave exploring is another option. Bungalows, camp sites and food services are available. (Not clear whether tent rental is available.)

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai may be the best national park in the north. This highest elevation in Thailand (2,565 m) actually gets a bit of snow every few years.

  • Trek several marked nature trails
  • Excellent birding - 350 species.
  • Large and small rental bungalows at various locations. Tent camping is available as well.
  • Trees, caves, views, flowers
  • Park is the source of 7 rivers, and boasts 7 waterfalls

Mae Charim

Mae Charim in Nan Province has some nice nature trails and bird watching. But the major attraction here is rafting on the Wa River

The course for rafting starts at Ban Nam-pu, Tambol Nam-phong in Mae Charim and finishes at Ban Had-rai, Tambol Sanna Nhong-mai in Viangsa District, with a total distance of 19.2 km. Some islets and reefs along the way add variety to the rafting trip.

Phu Soi Dao

Phu Soi Dao in Utarradit Province has rugged forested mountains, and rivers with waterfalls. But you may find yourself drawn to an area of flatlands 1,800 mt above sea level.

The plain is about 1,000 rai (400 acres, 100 hectares) of three-leaf pines. A 6.5 km hike takes you past a number of outstanding view points.

Phu Hin Rong Kla

Phu Hin Rong Kla in Pechabun Province has a fascinating history. The rugged mountains bordering Laos were the bhold of Communist insurgents from 1968 to 1972. As a result the beautiful area suffered the loss of much of the wildlife.

Mountain peaks 1,600 to 1,820 mt. A number of spectacular views and beautiful waterfalls.

Thung Salaeng Luang

Thung Salaeng Luang in Phitsanulok Province is hills of limestone, slate and hardpan with elevations of 300 to 1,028 mt. Thung Salaeng Luang spawns numerous streams and has meadow areas. Fora is mixed with predominately deciduous forest, lowland scrub and tropical broad-leaved evergreen.

Mammal species include elephant, yellow–throated marten and masked palm civet. Occassionally a tiger, gaur, barking deer, wild dog, wild pig, langur and slow loris can be spotted.

Phu Kradueng

Phu Kradueng in Loei Province Phu Kradung is a very pleasant mountain plateau surrounded by smaller hills. The park is a watershed for the Pong River, which feeds the reservoir of Ubonrat Dam and Nong Wai Dam in Khon Kaen Province.

The plateau is pine forest and grasslands with a variety of flowers along the creeks, waterfalls and rocky fields.
  • A great park for trail biking
  • Numerous bungalows of 1, 2 or 3 rooms; plus spacious camping sites
  • Food service available in park

Nam Nao

Nam Nao in Pechabun Province is beautiful Park covering an area of about 960 sq km. Park Headquarters sets in an unusual and fascinating deciduous forest dominated by tall pine trees.

Rainy season is Jul - Oct. Cool season can accurately be called cold season in the park with occasional frost and temperatures dropping to 0 degree C. November is the park’s coldest.
  • Great sunsets, awesome views, numerous waterfalls
  • Nature trails, fields of wildflowers, bird watching

Phu Pha Turm

Phu Pha Turm in stretches across a low mountain range along the Mekong River. The park’s main attractions are sweeping views of the Mekong, fields of seasonal wildflowers and prehistoric cliff drawings.

This park is pretty much an extension of Pha Taem NP in Ubon Ratchathani.

Phataem

Phataem alongside the Mekong River in Ubon Ratcathani has interesting rock formations and waterfalls, but the most fascinating features are 3 groups of prehistoric petroglyphs on the cliffs along the river walk.
  • Rubber boat rafting available on Sand Creek
  • Bungalows may be available but food service many not.

Pa Hin Ngam

Pa Hin Ngam in Chiyaphum has an interesting rock formation “garden”, broad expanses of season wildflowers and a few waterfalls.

Accommodations in the park appear available but limited. Food services may be available.

Khueang Srinagarinda

Khueang Srinagarinda in the Sai Yok region of Kanchanaburi is tropical. But the good news is that it has waterfalls‚ hot springs and an island studded resorvoir created by Srinakarinda Dam.

A number of nice caves to explore will cool you off, but rafting, canoeing and kayaking may be even more effective.

A number of accom types include a few floating houses -- but reserve early ..

Laem Klong Ngu

Laem Klong Ngu in Kanchanaburi feature attraction is Sao Hin Cave, accessible only by boat and a 6 km trek along a stream. The cave has a 62 m high limestone pillar.

Second best may be a pair of attractive waterfalls. One runs fro 800 m with sections 20 m high and pools.

Khao Yai

Khao Yai (oficially) in Nakhon Ratchasima spreads over more than 2‚000 sq km and reaches into 3 more provinces. Khao Yai is a nature destination with so many attraction one could easily spend weeks there.
  • Wild animals include elephant‚ tiger‚ gibbon & wild pig.
  • Awake to the call of gibbons then trek one of the several nature trails
  • Spend a day on the dedicated birding trail and watch some of the 320 species
  • Spend an afternoon on one of the observation towers
  • White-water rafting‚ kayaking‚ and floating availabe on one of the 5 rivers.
  • Accoms and food service available in a wide range bungalows and tents
  • Hint: Don’t visit on a long weekend or holiday

Erawan

Erawan in Kanchanaburi should be high on anyone’s list of visits, if for no othe reason the spectacular Erawan Waterfall. Erawan, resembling the Hindu 3-headed elepant, drops 1,500 m down steep cliffs amid a forest of trees and orchids.

Erawan has 7 levels, but you will need to climb to level 2 to see level 1. The falls creates some nice pools for a cool swim.
  • More very nice waterfalls are around if Erawan is too crowded.
  • A number of caves have guided tours
  • Nature treks, bike trails, flowers birds and ..

Kaeng Krachan

Kaeng Krachan in Petchaburi Province is Thailand’s largest national park at 2,900 sqkm of forest and watershed. Besides spawning the Phetchaburi and Pranburi rivers the park extends as far as Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Kaeng Krachan Dam creates a 46 sqkm reservoir where you may raft‚ canoe‚ or kayak
  • Lots of caves‚ animals‚ waterfall‚ and excellent views
  • Accoms include bungalows and a hostel

Khao Sam Roi Yot

Khao Sam Roi Yot is a coastal National Park about 250 km south of Bangkok via Route 4. The park has a a number of dramatic caves.

Phraya Nakhon Cave‚ reachable by a difficult trail from Laem Sala Beach‚ has an open dome and a pavillion built in honor of King Rama V who visited the cave in 1926.
  • Numerous fine sand beaches where you may picnic or camp
  • Nature trails wind across mangrove forests and among low limestone mountains
  • One good early evening activity is an hour long boat ride down Khao Daeng Canal where you can see a number of bird species

Mu Koh Chang

Mu Koh Chang The island of Ko Chang has become a popular travel destination that just happens to have a national park. Much of the park is not obvious becaue it includes offshore islands and the attractions under the sea.
  • Includes 40 large and small islands.
  • Lots of wildlife that includes 74 species of birds.
  • Located far enough offshore so that sediment from rivers does not cloud the water nor color the beaches
  • Scuba divers will appreciate the variety of coral

Mu Koh Ang Thong

Mu Koh Ang Thong is the archipelago you can see from the Surat Thani to Ko Samui ferry. Ang Thong archipelago should appeal to sea-canoers‚ beachcombers and explorers.

Because the sea around the island group is shallow, the water is not quite as clear as the deeper waters further east.
  • The islands have some great rock formations.
  • Any number of clean beaches for swimming and camping.
  • A few bungalows are available for rental on Wua Talap island.

Mu Koh Surin

Mu Koh Surin off Phang Nga Province is a small archipelago about 60 km WNW of Kuraburi in Phangnga Province. Especially known for excellent scuba diving and a destination for liveaboard dive boats. The coral and undersea fauna is varied and prolific.

But that is ony part of the story. The islands proper are a very nice destination for snorkelers‚ nature tourists and those looking for a different type of holiday.
  • Beautiful beaches and excellent snorkling in certain areas
  • Bungalows and camping available on the two main (twin) islands.
  • A village of nomadic Sea Gypsies (Moken) who hold an annual festival that is attended by Sea Gypsies from many regions.
  • Note:

    Islands other than the “twins” are off-limits to foot traffic.
  • Note:

    Park closed during rainy season (May - Nov)

Khao Sok

Khao Sok in Surat Thani Province is another of Thailand’s truly great national parks. Khao Sok is a study in superlatives where Ratchaprapa Dam creates Cheow Lan Lake which is surrounded by limestone mountains and dotted with small islands similar to the karsts around Krabi.

Khao Sok has so much nature and so much activity potential you can stay for days‚ or weeks.
  • White water rafting on Lum Klong Sok
  • Canoeing or kayaking on Cheow Lan Lake
  • Many beautiful waterfalls and interesting caves.
  • A number of outstanding nature trails
  • Floating houses‚ bungalows hostels available for rent in 5 different locations
  • Lots of tree-house& bungalow accommodations‚ restaurants‚ tour services‚ coffee shops‚ and even massage near the park entrance.
  • Note: Khao Sok is in a rain forest. That meand you can get rain even in the dry season. Best Avoided during Thailand’s rainy season

Khao Luang

Khao Luang in Nakhon Si Tammarat Province is a big park (570 sqkm) near the Gulf of Thailand. Mountains reach past 1,800 m and collect rainfall (about 4 m/year) during both northeast & southwest monsoons. That makes Khao Luang a true rain forest for most of the year

The park offers true nature visitor some unique opportunities. One is a 3 day climbing trek from from Khiriwang Village (26 km from Nakhon Si Thammarat) to the top of Khao Luang Mountain -- a fairly difficult excursion. Or maybe the famous Krung Ching Waterfall and nature trail better suits your energy level.
  • Many waterfalls and nature study opportunities
  • More than 300 orchid species
  • More than 300 species of animals including clouded leopard‚ panther and tiger
  • Bird species include black eagle‚ several pheasant species‚ and several hornbill

Tarutao

Tarutao is a group (Butang Group) of 51 islands stretching from 20-70 km SSW off the coast of Sathun Province. Tarutao National Park deserves a week -- or even a year!

The big island nearest offshore is Tarutao. Other major islands in the group are Ko Adang‚ Ko Rawai‚ Ko Lipe‚ Ko Chabang‚ and many more.

Ko Lipe is the only island officially inhabited by non-park staff.
  • Ko Lipe has skin diving and snorkeling from the main beach, great beaches and a tourist industry. It also has a permanent Chao Ley village. Ko Lipe gets most of the tourist arrivals -- many from nearby Langawi Island (Malaysia)
  • Scuba diving around the Butang group is excellend with great dives to 55m and deeper
  • Sailing is another way to see the island group. Most islands have outstanding white sand beachs and very clear water
  • Getting there depends on which port is your destination. For most‚ its the Pakbara Pier.

    For the leeward side of Ko Tarutao‚ the Tammalang Port ferry gets you there easier and faster.