5 Popular National Parks in Thailand
With 102 national parks within it’s borders, it is difficult to determine what are the best national parks in Thailand. Instead of determining which are the best, here is a list of the most visited national parks as of 2015. We understand that merely being popular amongst tourists isn’t the best indicator of quality. However, if a park is drawing in large crowds year after year, it must have something going for it.
5 Khuean Srinagarindra National Park
The Khuean Srinagarindra National Park, also known as Si Nakharim National Park is located in the Kanchanaburi Province of Thailand. The heart of the national park is the Srinagarind Reservoir which was created by the damming of the Khwae Yai River. The most popular attraction within the park is the Huay Mae Khamin, a waterfall consisting of seven levels. There are also a number of cave systems, some of which feature prehistoric cave paintings.
4 Sai Yok National Park
The Sai Yok National Park is located a mere 100 kilometers outside of Kanchanaburi Town and is one of the most popular national parks in Thailand. One of the most well known features within the park is the ‘Death Railway’ also known as the ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’. Additional popular attractions are the Sai Yok Yai waterfall which flows directly into the Khwae Noi River. There are also a number of cave systems which consist of large stalagmites and stalactites.
3 Erawan National Park
For anyone who has visited the Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi, it should come as no surprise to find it here on our list. Yet another national park located within the Kanchanaburi Province, we’re beginning to see a trend. Of course the most notable feature within the park is the Erawan Falls. This beautiful seven tiered waterfall is named after the mythical Erawan, a three-headed white elephant from Hindu Mythology.
2 Pa Hin Ngam National Park
Coming in at number two on our list is the Pa Hin Ngam National Park, which loosely translates to ‘Forest of Beautiful Stone’. It is located in the Chaiyaphum Province and the park is centered around strange rock formations which gave the park its name. One of the most prominent features of the park, other than the strange rock formations, are the fields of Siam Tulips. At the beginning of the rainy season around July, the forest blooms to life with these beautiful purple flowers.
1 Khao Yai National Park
Topping out our list is the Khao Yai National Park, which literally translates to ‘Large Mountain’, is the second largest in all of Thailand. Located mostly in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province, a mere 100 miles outside of Bangkok, it is also the number one visited park in the entire country. The park consists of tall mountain peaks, lush evergreen forest, stunning waterfalls and vast grasslands. There are an estimated 66 species of native mammals still living within the park. This includes Elephants, Tigers and Black Bears, oh my!
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