Thai National Parks

Most major national parks in Thailand will re-open 1st July, 64 fully, 63 partly and others will remain closed.

Expand below to see the full list of the parks

Opens, 64 parks

vc: visitor cap, limited to max number of visitors per day

  • Ao Manao-Khao Tanyong National Park(prepare) (vc: 150)
  • Ao Phang-nga National Park (vc: 1,600)
  • Ao Siam National Park (prepare) (vc: 200)
  • Chae Son National Park (vc: 900)
  • Chaloem Prakiat Thaiphachan National Park (vc: 325)
  • Chet Sao Noi National Park (vc: 340)
  • Doi Chong National Park (vc: 500)
  • Doi Khun Tan National Park (vc: )
  • Doi Luang National Park (vc: 600)
  • Doi Soi Malai National Park(prepare) (vc: 1,132)
  • Erawan National Park (vc: 220)
  • Hat Khanom - Mu Koh Thale Tai National Park(prepare) (vc: 300)
  • Kaeng Krung National Park (vc: 30)
  • Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park (vc: 1,853)
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park (vc: 1,279)
  • Khao Lampi–Hat Thai Mueang National Park (vc: 500)
  • Khao Luang National Park (vc: 1,155)
  • Khao Nan National Park (vc: 450)
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (vc: 1,500)
  • Khao Sip Ha Chan National Park (vc: 410)
  • Khao Yai National Park (vc: 5,000)
  • Khelang Banphot National Park(prepare) (vc: 300)
  • Khlong Kaeo waterfall National Park (vc: 100)
  • Khlong Lan National Park (vc: 450)
  • Khlong Wang Chao National Park (vc: 250)
  • Khun Nan National Park (vc: 300)
  • Khun Phawo National Park (vc: 500)
  • Khun Sathan National Park (vc: 280)
  • Khwae Noi National Park (prepare) (vc: 50)
  • Ko Chumphon National Park (vc: 300)
  • Kui Buri National Park (vc: 200)
  • Lam Nam Kok National Park(prepare) (vc: 600)
  • Lamnam Kra Buri National Park (vc: 200)
  • Mae Charim National Park (vc: 150)
  • Mae Wa National Park (vc: 300)
  • Mae Wong National Park (vc: 270)
  • Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park (vc: 400)
  • Mu Ko Chang National Park (vc: 300)
  • Na Yung Nam Som National Park(prepare) (vc: 30)
  • Namtok Chat Trakan National Park (vc: 150)
  • Namtok Mae Surin National Park (vc: 350)
  • Namtok Phlio National Park (vc: 1,435)
  • Nanthaburi National Park (prepare) (vc: 60)
  • Pa Hin Ngam National Park (vc: 500)
  • Pang Si da National Park (vc: 400)
  • Phu Chi Fa Forest Park (prepare) (vc: 200)
  • Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park (vc: 400)
  • Phu Kao - Phu Phan Kham National Park (vc: 150)
  • Phu Lan Kha National Park (vc: 900)
  • Phu Langka National Park (vc: 100)
  • Phu Pha Lek National Park (vc: 50)
  • Phu Phra Bat Historical Park (prepare) (vc: 200)
  • Sam Lan Waterfall National Park (vc: 200)
  • San Kala Khiri National Park (prepare) (vc: 250)
  • Si Nan National Park (vc: 600)
  • Sirinat National Park (vc: 500)
  • Ta Phaya National Park (vc: 100)
  • Tab Lan National Park (vc: 620)
  • Tai Rom Yen National Park (vc: 260)
  • Tham Pha Thai National Park (prepare) (vc: 750)
  • Tham Sa Koen National Park (vc: 100)
  • Than Sadet - Koh Pha-Ngan National Park (vc: 240)
  • Tat Ton National Park (vc: 1,000)
  • Ton Sak Yai Forest Park (vc: 50)
Partly opens, 63 parks

vc: visitor cap, limited to max number of visitors per day

  • Bang Lang National Park (vc: 200)
  • Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park vc: 500)
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park (vc: 870)
  • Doi Pha Klong National Park (vc: 350)
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park (vc: 300)
  • Doi Phu Nang National Park (vc: 400)
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park (vc: 400)
  • Hat Chao Mai National Park (vc: 1,600)
  • Hat Wanakon National Park (vc: 300)
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park (vc: 150)
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park (vc: 1,300)
  • Kaeng Tana National Park (vc: 60)
  • Khao Kho National Park (vc: 750)
  • Khao Laem National Park (vc: 130)
  • Khao Laemya National Park (vc: 4,000)
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park (vc: 800)
  • Khao Pra Wihan National Park (vc: 400)
  • Khao Sok National Park (vc: 900)
  • Khlong Phanom National Park (vc: 50)
  • Khuean Srinagarindra National Park (vc: 450)
  • Khun Chae National Park (vc: 100)
  • Lam Khong Ngu National Park (vc: 150)
  • Lam Nam Nan National Park (vc: 200)
  • Laem Son National Park (vc: 575)
  • Mae Moei National Park (vc: 40)
  • Mae Ngao National Park (prepare) (vc: 200)
  • Mae Ping National Park (vc: 150)
  • Mae Puem National Park (vc: 200)
  • Mae Takhrai National Park (vc: 150)
  • Mae Yom National Park (vc: 50)
  • Mu Ko Lanta National Park (vc: 476)
  • Mu Ko Ranong National Park (vc: 50)
  • Mu Ko Phetra National Park (vc: 300)
  • Nam Nao National Park vc: 480
  • Nam Phong National Park (vc: 1,792)
  • Namtok Huai Yang National Park (vc: 70)
  • Namtok Ngao National Park (vc: 600)
  • Namtok Pha Charoen National Park(prepare) (vc: 950)
  • Namtok Sai Khao National Park (vc: 100)
  • Namtok Sikhit National Park (vc: 300)
  • Op Luang National Park (vc: 400)
  • Pha Taem National Park (vc: 1,550)
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park (vc: 2920)
  • Phu Pha Man National Park (vc: 528)
  • Phu Pha Yon National Park (vc: 250)
  • Phu Pha Thoep National Park (vc: 100)
  • Phu Phan National Park (vc: 210)
  • Phu Ruea National Park (vc: 2,678)
  • Phu Sa Dok Bua National Park (vc: 100)
  • Phu Sang National Park (vc: 300)
  • Phu Soi Dao National Park (vc: 850)
  • Phu Toei National Park (vc: 100)
  • Ramkhamhaeng National Park (vc: 200)
  • Sai Thong National Park (vc: 300)
  • Sai Yok National Park (vc: 1,583)
  • Taksin Maharat National Park (vc: 400)
  • Tat Mok National Park (vc: 150)
  • Tham Luang - Khun Nam Nang Non National Park()(prepare) (vc: 600)
  • Tham Pla–Namtok Pha Suea National Park (vc: 300)
  • Thong Pha Phum National Park (vc: 500)
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park (vc: 640)
  • Yong Waterfall National Park (vc: 2,659)
  • Wiang Kosai National Park (vc: 300)
Remains closed
    Bua Tong Spring National Park
  • Budo Su-Ngai PADI National Park
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Wiang Pha National Park
  • Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
  • Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park
  • Khun Khan National Park
  • Lan Sang National Park
  • Mae Sariang National Park
  • Mae Tho National Park
  • Mae Wang National Park
  • Mu Ko Similan National Park
  • Mu Ko Surin National Park
  • Namtok Sipo National Park
  • Opkhan National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Phu Wiang National Park
  • Salawin National Park
  • Sri Lanna National Park
  • Si Phangnga National Park
  • Si Satchanalai National Park
  • Tarutao National Park
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Than Bok Khorani National Park

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

  • Ang Thong National Marine Park

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

    An archipelago of 42 islands at the shore of the Surat Thai Province in the Gulf of Thailand. Ideal for boar tour, hiking and snorkeling,

  • Chae Son National Park

    Lampang (~75 km), Chiang Mai (~85 km), Chiang Rai (~180km)

    Popular for it's hot springs, waterfalls, viewpoints, seasonal blossoms and a 1.5 km long cave

  • Chet Sao Noi Waterfall National Park

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

    Home to one of the most popular waterfalls in the country according locals, it is overlooked by foreign tourists.

  • Doi Inthanon National Park

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

    One of the most popular national parks in the country, known for highest mountain in the country, waterfalls, viewpoints and it's cooler weather.

  • Doi Phu Kha National Park

    Nan (~85 km), Phrae (~200 km), Phayao (~225 km)

    Located in Nan Province in North Thailand, the park has impressive caves, trails and some nice viewpoints.

  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

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

    This very popular national park is known for it's temples, waterfalls, viewpoints and endless trails crossing most of the national park.

  • Erawan National Park

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

    Located in Kanchanaburi Province, home to one of most popular falls 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 and likely one of the best national parks in the country with the most diverse wildlife, home to many impressive species.

  • 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, known for its trails, waterfalls and a very popular cave.

  • Khao Kho National Park

    Phetchabun (~50 km), Phitsanulok (~120 km), Bangkok (~400 km)

    Surrounded by national parks, Khao Kho is a very popular forested montane area with beautiful views of surrounding valleys.

  • 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)

    Known for it beautiful beaches, limestone karsts, Phraya Nakhon Cave, spectacular views of freshwater march and canal tours.

  • 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), Kanchanaburi (~265 km)

    Khao Yai has it all; trails, waterfalls, impressive wildlife and viewpoints. Relatively easy to spot elephants and other animals.

  • Ko Lanta National Park

    Krabi (~90 km)

    Mu Ko Lanta National Park consists of several islands and there is more to see on the some of other islands than on main island.

  • Kui Buri National Park

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

    The park is famous for it's wild elephants and gaurs with almost 100% guarantee of elephant sighting any given day of the year.

  • Mae Wong National Park

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

    It is a great destination for birders and trekkers, one of the few places in Thailand where tigers still exists in wild.

  • Mu Ko Chang National Park

    Chantaburi (~90 km), Pattaya (~250 km), Bangkok (~300 km)

    A marine national park known for its waterfalls, long trails, viewpoints, white sandy beaches and coral reefs.

  • Nam Nao National Park

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

    One of the best national park in Northeast Thailand with good wildlife watching, bird-watching and hiking possibilities.

  • Pang Sida National Park

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

    Plagued by constant poaching, Pang Sida still have some impressive wildlife, home to a smaller population of tigers and other wildlife.

  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park

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

    Famous for it's spectacular viewpoints which are the best in the country, misty forests, waterfalls and historical sites.

  • Phu Kradueng National Park

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

    Accessible by a challenging long hike, one of the best in the country, popular for it's trails, waterfalls, viewpoints and cool weather.

  • Phu Pha Thoep National Park

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

    It is a very small but interesting national park, home to some weird rock formations, waterfall and a cave with ancient wall paintings.

  • Phu Suan Sai National Park

    Phitsanulok (~100 km), Loei (~125 km), Uttaradit (~140 km)

    A quite small national park popular among birders and hikers. There is a 8 km long trail, and possible to camp on a mountain at 1,408 meters asl.

  • Sai Yok National Park

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

    A popular park known for it's waterfalls, caves, historical sites and raft houses along the River Kwai. Tigers still found in this park.

  • Similan Islands

    Khao Lak (~65 km)

    Similand and Surin Islands are one of the best diving destinations in South East Asia with crystal clear waters and hard/soft coral reefs.

  • Sirinat National Park

    Phuket Town (~30 km), Phang-nga (~64 km), Khao Lak (~80 km)

    A very commercialized park around Phuket Airport, popular for its beaches and watching of aircraft flying low over a beach for landing.

  • 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.

  • Surin Islands

    Khao Lak (~90 km)

    Similand and Surin Islands are one of the best diving destinations in South East Asia with crystal clear waters and hard/soft coral reefs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park

    Phetchabun (~50 km), Phitsanulok (~140 km), Phichit (~150 km)

    One of few national parks in Thailand with vast grassland savanna. The park is popular of it's viewpoints and waterfalls.

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.

  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary

    Krabi (~56 km), Ko Lanta (~55 km), Trang (~104 km)

    One of the last remaining lowland forests in Thailand, known for it's natural beauties of Emerald and Blue Ponds.

  • Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary

    Phuket (~20 km), Phang-nga (~70 km), Khao Lak (~90 km)

    A wildlife sanctuary with couple of small waterfalls, trails and home to a Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre.

  • 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. Home to impressive mammal species.

Non-Hunting Areas

  • Khao Paeng Ma Non-Hunting Area

    Bangkok (~240 km), Ayutthaya (~195 km), Khao Yai (~68 km)

    Known to be the best gaur viewing site in Thailand, it is a montane reforestation area adjacent to Khao Yai National Park.

Forest parks

  • Pran Buri Forest Park

    Hua Hin (~25 km), Phetchaburi (~90 km), Prachuap Khiri Khan (~85 km)

    A small mangrove forest park with a nice boardwalk, a beach and possibility for boat tour in the mangrove forest.