Thai National Parks

Species of Thailand

We are trying to create a nearly complete list of species of Thailand. We have currently 999 bird, 267 mammal, 419 reptile and 161 amphibian species listed at our website.

The national park specific data on species we have collected are based on check-list from various organisations and professional wildlife researchers.

Please let us know about your own observations.

Welcome to the Thai National Parks

Do you know that there are still tigers, elephants, leopards, gaurs, bears roaming free in many national parks across Thailand? Do you also know that 10% of all marine species in the world can be found in Thailand? And the fact that Thailand is the best bird-watching destination in mainland Asia?

National parks are protected areas of land because they have unspoilt landscapes and a diverse number of native plants and animals. There are 127 national parks in Thailand, of them 22 marine national parks. These parks offers a diverse range of flora and fauna, home to important population of endangered species.

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National parks

  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

    Situated only few kilometers from Chiang Mai City, this very popular national park is known for it's temples, waterfalls, caves and viewpoints.

  • Erawan National Park

    Located in Kanchanaburi Province, home to one of most popular waterfalls in the country; the Erawan Falls.

  • Khao Luang National Park

    One of best national park in south thailand, famous for its easily accessible waterfalls spread out all over the park.

  • Mae Wong National Park

    Covering 894 sq km, Mae Wong is situated in West Thailand. It is a great destination for birders and trekkers, one of few places in Thailand where tigers still exists in wild.

  • Nam Nao National Park

    The best national park in Northeast Thailand and one of best in the country with good wildlife viewing, bird-watching and hiking possibilities.

  • Pang Sida National Park

    Covering 844km² at Sa Kaeo Province, Pang Sida was declared as a national park in 1982, it lies within the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex.

  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

    Situated in Phitsanulok, Loei and Phetchabun provinces on northern Thailand, famous for it's spectacular viewpoints and historical sites.

  • Phu Pha Thoep National Park

    Situated east of Thailand near the border to Laos. It is a very small but interesting national park, home to some weird rock formations, waterfall and a cave with ancient wall paintings.

  • Sai Yok National Park

    Covering 958 km² in Sai Yok District of Kanchanaburi Province 100 km northwest of Kanchanaburi City, a popular park known for it's waterfalls, caves, historical sites and raft houses along the River Kwai.

Marine parks

  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

    Situated just south of Hua Hin, known for it beautiful beaches, spectacular views of freshwater march at the foot of a mountain range with beautiful limestone hills and for an iconic royal pavilion in a cave.

  • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

    An archipelago of 42 islands covering 102 km² at the shore of the Surat Thai Province in the Gulf of Thailand.

  • Mu Ko Lanta National Park

    Mu Ko Lanta National Park actually concists of several islands covering 134 km² and there is more to see on the some of other islands than on main island.

  • Mu Ko Similan National Park

    Similand Islands are a group of islands in Phang Nga Province 70km off the coast at Andaman Sea, covering an area of 70sqkm.

  • Mu Ko Surin National Park

    Established as a national park in 1981, Surin Islands are an archipelago of five islands in Phang Nga Province 55km off the coast at Andaman Sea on the oceanic border of Burma.

  • Tarutao National Marine Park

    Covering an area of 1490 km² at the southernmost Thailand, consists of 51 islands on three archipelagos.

Wildlife sanctuaries

  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

    Together with adjacent protected areas around, this 2780 km² sanctuary is part of the largest protected wildlife area in mainland Southeast Asia.

  • Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary

    The best wildlife spot in Central/North Thailand and no doubt one of best in the country, situated in Chaiyaphum Province, neighboring to Nam Nao/Tad Mok National Parks and Ta Bao-Huai Yai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Khao Yai National Park

Best time to visit the national parks

With the rainy season in mind most people heading to Thailand tries to find an answer about what time of the year is best for a trip. For most people, who only care about the beaches, wild full-moon parties, swimming and diving the choice is quite obvious; around November to April, maybe a bit into May. But how about visiting the national parks?

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Elephants in Khao Yai National Park

Elephants in Khao Yai National Park

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Blue-banded kingfisher (male)

Blue-banded kingfisher (male)

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Indochinese water dragon

Indochinese water dragon

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Pope's pit viper (female)

Pope's pit viper (female)

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Yellow-throated marten

Yellow-throated marten

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