Thailand is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a top holiday destination, renowned for its beautiful beaches, resorts and nightlife. But the country is also packed with natural attractions that make it one of the world’s most fascinating and varied destinations. It is home to secluded beaches, mountains, a wide range of national parks, wild animals, plants, forests, and several other natural attractions. Below are some of its top natural highlights;
Khao Yai National Park
This is one of the best natural highlights in Thailand. UNESCO recognises the national park as a world heritage. It is also the third-largest national park in Thailand. Khao Yai spreads across four provinces, including Saraburi in the West, Nakhon Nayok in the East, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Prachinburi in the North and East respectively. It features a lush and mountainous landscape with extremely fertile valleys, pounding waterfalls, and rich biodiversity. It is one of the main tourist attractions in the country because of its beauty as well as the fact that it is easy to reach. Tourists in the park can enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, and sightseeing at the park. There are plenty of accommodation options, including eco-lodges – near the Park to choose from.
This park, which is located in Chom Thong District of Chiang Mai, is made up of rugged mountainous terrain blanketed by lush tropical forests. The park also consists of significant rivers and waterfalls. It is a protected natural highlight in Thailand and a sanctuary for a wide variety of wild animals. It is one of Thailand’s best location for birdwatching. Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand, featuring a height of 2565 meters above sea level. The peak is surrounded by the park, which covers more than 482 square meters. In addition to hosting a wide range of animals and plant species, the park is also home to the Northern hill tribe’s and their settlements.
Kaeng Krachan is the largest national park in Thailand and is the most popular one because it is close to the tourist town known as Hua Hin. It is located on the border with Myanmar, and adjoins with Tanintharyi Reserve for Nature. The park stretches across the districts of Nong Ya Plong, Kaeng Krachand, and Tha Yang, situated in Phetchaburi province. The majority of the park is made up of natural rain forests, especially on the Eastern of the Tenasserim mountain range. The forest contains a wide range of biodiversity and tree species like tropical and subtropical leaf trees and palms. It is also made up of more than ninety species of mammals and more than 400 types of bird species. The highest part of the park features a height of 1513 meters and is located on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. The park is also made up of two rivers, known as the Pranburi and Phetchaburi river. In 1964, the park was declared a reserve before being declared a national park in Thailand in 1981.
Tarutao National Marine Park
Tarutao Ntional Marine Park is made up of 51 islands in the Strait of Malacca, which is on the off coast of Saturn Province, Southern Thailand. It is registered as one of the original ASEAN heritage parks in the country. The islands are split into two groups, known as the Turatao and Adang-Rawi. The two groups are scattered from 10-70 kilometres from the southwest region to the mainland of Thailand. The park covers a total of 1490 square kilometres. One thousand two hundred sixty kilometres is covered by the ocean and the rest by islands. Some of the main islands include Turatao archipelago, Klang, and Ko Adang, among others. The islands feature beautiful beaches, plants, and animals. One of the islands’ main attractions is the Crocodile cave, which is at least 300 meters deep and can only be accessed by a long-tail boat. Son Bay is also quite famous because it is known as the place where turtles come to lay eggs and hosts the longest beach of around 3 kilometres.
Kui Buri National Park is known to be the best spot for seeing elephants and gaurs in Thailand. It is also home to other mammals like deer, langur, golden jackals, and Malayan porcupines. Visitors get to experience the different animals in the park through the observation area towards the north of the park’s headquarters. The national park was founded in 1999. It covers more than 960 square kilometres worth of land. It is located in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, which is less than 80 kilometres away from the tourist centre of Hua Hin. The park is made up of mountains from the Tenasserim Hill Range. The parks span over several protected areas both in Thailand and Myanmar. The park is also made up of forests that consist of both dry and evergreen plant species. They include trees like Dipterocarpus tuberculatus, and Hopea Odorata, among others. The forests also consist of different species of palms. The park also stands out because it is the only location in Thailand where sandalwoods are harvested and used for the cremation of members of the royal family.
The Similan Islands are some of the most popular islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are located 84 kilometres Northwest of the Phuket. Deep clear seas surround the islands that most tourists and locals find unbelievably beautiful. The marine life in the waters, as well as the underwater features, are a stunning highlight, with the coral home to a myriad of fish and other marine creatures.. The islands also consist of incredible bounders that litter both the Western and Southern shores of the islands. The white coral sandy beaches are also a significant attraction. Fishing is also a popular activity in the islands. The islands are located off the coast of Phang Nga Province in the Andaman sea. It is the best location for scuba diving and snorkeling. Visitor numbers are restricted to prevent damage to the ecosystem.
The natural features and sites mentioned above are just a few of the hundreds of beautiful locations that Thailand offers. Additionally, all the tourist sites are easy to access by water and/or road so it is a great touring destination. If you get the chance to visit, go, but make sure you see some of the natural Thailand, untouched and unspoilt through the centuries.