Thai National Parks

Welcome to Thai National Parks

Do you know that there are still wild tigers, elephants, leopards, tapirs, gaurs, bears and many monkey species in many tropical rainforests across Thailand? Do you also know that around 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.

Best/popular parks

Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park

Phuket (~160 km), Krabi (~150 km), Ko Samui (~220 km)

The relatively convenient distance to Koh Samui, Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak makes this park the most popular national park in South Thailand. The park is best known for it's lush forests and rafthouses on Chew Lan Lake. There are many nice trails spread all over the park giving opportunity to see some animals.

Khao Yai National Park
Khao Yai National Park

Bangkok (~180 km), Ayutthaya (~120 km), Saraburi (~65 km)

The third largest and the most popular national park in Thailand, listed as world heritage site in 2005. Khao Yai has it all; series of trails for hiking, total 35-40 km long, impressive waterfalls, impressive wildlife. Relatively easy to see deer species, elephants, hornbills, gibbons, macaques, porcupines, civets.

National parks and other protected sites

The lists below is far from being a complete list of all parks in Thailand. We are only listing the ones we have written about. We are rapidly adding more parks as we visit them. Watch this space!

National parks

  • Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park

    Bangkok (~160 km), Ayutthaya (~130 km), Saraburi (~50 km)

    Located 160 km from Bangkok, home to one of the most popular waterfalls in the country, it is overlooked by foreign tourists.

  • Doi Inthanon National Park

    Chiang Mai (~100 km), Chiang Rai (~280 km), Pai (~220 km)

    It is one of the most popular national parks in Thailand, famous for it's number of waterfalls, viewpoints and it's cooler weather. The park is home to highest mountain in Thailand.

  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

    Chiang Mai (~10 km), Lampang (~125 km), Pai (~140 km)

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

  • Erawan National Park

    Kanchanaburi (~70 km), Bangkok (~200 km), Ayutthaya (~220 km)

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

  • Huai Yang Waterfall National Park

    Hua Hin (~145 km), Prachuap Khiri Khan (~55 km)

    Located in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in Southwest Thailand, it is a popular destination for it's waterfalls.

  • Kaeng Krachan National Park

    Hua Hin (~85 km), Bangkok (~200 km), Kanchanaburi (~195 km)

    The largest national park in the country with probably most diverse wildlife. Kaeng Krachan has impressively many different species of animals and is the top birding destination in the country.

  • Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park

    Pattaya (~150 km), Rayong (~65 km), Bangkok (~200 km)

    One of the most popular national parks in Central Southeast of Thailand, near the popular tourist destinations like Pattaya and Chantanaburi. The park is known for its waterfalls and a very popular cave.

  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park

    Phuket (~80 km), Khao Lak (~10 km), Krabi (~105 km)

    Located around 80 km north from Central Phuket, this small national park is home to several waterfalls and couple of small beaches.

  • Khao Luang National Park

    Krabi (~130 km), Koh Lanta (~200 km), Surat Thani (~150 km)

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

  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

    Krabi (~27 km), Phuket (~160 km), Surat Thani (~160 km)

    A small but very popular national park north of Krabi City with nice waterfalls, caves and number of challenging trails.

  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

    Hua Hin (~60 km), Bangkok (~255 km), Kanchanaburi (~255 km)

    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.

  • Khao Sok National Park

    Phuket (~160 km), Krabi (~150 km), Ko Samui (~220 km)

    The best national park in South Thailand with a proper jungle, a beautiful lake, waterfalls, trails, caves and a significant wildlife.

  • Khao Yai National Park

    Bangkok (~180 km), Ayutthaya (~120 km), Saraburi (~65 km)

    Khao Yai is no doubt the best national park in Thailand for regular visitors. Khao Yai has it all; series of long trails through proper jungle, impressive waterfalls, impressive wildlife and viewpoints.

  • Kui Buri National Park

    Hua Hin (~85 km), Bangkok (~280 km), Kanchanaburi (~280 km)

    Covering an area of 969 km² within Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, the park is famous for it's wild elephants and gaurs with almost 100% guarantee of elephant sighting on the first day of visit.

  • Mae Wong National Park

    Kamphaeng Phet (~70 km), Bangkok (~370 km), Kanchanaburi (~305 km)

    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

    Phetchabun (~110 km), Khon Kaen (~150 km), Phitsanulok (~145 km)

    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

    Bangkok (~230 km), Pattaya (~230 km)

    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

    Phetchabun (~120 km), Phitsanulok (~125 km)

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

  • Phu Kradueng National Park

    Loei (~80 km), Khon Khen (~140 km), Phetchabun (~185 km)

    Accessible by a challenging long hike, it is one of the most popular national parks by locals tourists. The park is popular for it's longer trails, waterfalls, viewpoints and cool weather.

  • Phu Pha Thoep National Park

    Mukdahan (~22 km), Khon Kaen (~250 km)

    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

    Kanchanaburi (~85 km), Bangkok (~240 km), Ayutthaya (~245 km)

    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.

  • Sri Nakarin Dam National Park

    Kanchanaburi (~110 km), Bangkok (~240 km)

    Famous for mainly multi tiered Huai Mae Khamin Falls that stretches nearly 2.3 km with many clear ponds.

  • Tat Mok National Park

    Phetchabun (~15 km), Bangkok (~370 km)

    Tat Mok National Park is a relatively small national park at 290 km², around 15 km east from Phetchabun City in Phetchabun Province.

Marine parks

  • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park

    Ko Samu (~30 km), Surat Thani, Don Sak Pier (~25 km)

    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

    Krabi (~90 km)

    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

    Khao Lak (~65 km)

    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

    Khao Lak (~90 km)

    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

    Satun (~60 km), Trang (~100 km), Krabi (~230 km)

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

Wildlife sanctuaries

  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

    Bangkok (~320 km), Nakhon Sawan (~110 km), Ayutthaya (~240 km)

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

  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary

    Khon Kaen (~160 km), Phetchabun (~205 km), Bangkok (~510 km)

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