National Parks of Thailand
Environmental Benefits, Conservation Aims
and Commercialism Issues
Cheow Lan Lake in the Khao Sok National Park
Did you know there are a hundred and fourteen National Parks, twenty four National Marine Parks
and several other protected sectors across Thailand. As a matter of
fact, thirteen percent of the country is now a secure and safe habitat
in which endangered species are protected from encroachment and
poaching. Somewhat surprising when you consider that the very first
wildlife sanctuary was established here less than five decades ago. A
fair percentage when you compare that to the USA, which has a
little over ten percent.
Not only does the ecosystem protect the regions natural resources, it also helps to create an educational and tranquil recreational facility for visitors. If you have time, you should take a tour of at least one of the parks on your next vacation. In all likelihood, there should be one not far from where you are staying. I shall list the parks I consider to be the most important if not the best ones to visit.
Though this may not affect you directly, I would just like to point out that for all the park's environmental benefits, many are a source of controversy. Fishermen, farmers, loggers, poachers and the tourist industry are often pitted against environmentalists as well as some sections of the government.
The park's administration had come under criticism when allowing a film crew to re-landscape portions of Ko Phi Phi Ley and Ko Samet islands for the movie The Beach. Conservation and commercialism issues are frequently addressed by the government.
Khao Yai National Park
is the oldest park in Thailand. It encompasses a mixture of broad-leaf
evergreen and deciduous tree forest with grasslands and scrub as its
secondary growth. A variety of wildlife roam its interior including many
endangered species such as elephants, tigers, leopards, white-handed
gibbons and sambar stags. Read More...
Waterfall at Doi Inthanon National Park
encompasses the highest mountain peaks in Thailand and is a great retreat for one-day excursions from Chiang Mai
Mae Hong Son in the north. The park has several types of fauna and flora with
waterfalls and a wide range of animals such as leopard, pangolin and
flying squirrel. Bird watching is also popular with its species such as hawk, eagle and Eurasian woodcock. Read More...
Khao Chamao Park Visitor Center
Khao Chamao and Khao Wong are names of two mountains
rising above the farming lowlands of Thailand's eastern seaboard on route
to Cambodia. The park is a tropical evergreen forest with spectacular
waterfalls, valleys and caves. It is also a haven where tigers,
elephants and Asiatic black bears can roam free.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Khao Sam Roi Yot is a coastal park located on the narrowest part of the Thai
peninsular overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. It's a region of vast
contrasts with sea, sand and freshwater marshlands, all backed by dramatic limestone pinnacles
and caves. The forested interior of the park is home to animals such as the rare dusty langur, monitor lizard and the crab
eating macaque, while the wetlands provide a sanctuary for millions of
migratory birds from Siberia. Read More...
Khao Sok National Park
Upper Andaman Coast
together with the nearby preserves paints a formidable picture of what
is unmistakably the largest and most dramatic tract of virgin rain
forest in south Thailand. The surrounding peaks rise to spectacular
heights while the sheer size of the forest helps protect the enormous
population of elephants, bison, jungle cats, wild
dogs and other endangered animals as well as nearly two hundred
bird species. The park is also home to world's largest flower. Read More...
Arial View of Khao Lak
Upper Andaman Coast
Khao Lak stretches across several long scenic strips of stunning golden sandy beaches along the upper Andaman coastline. The region here is most famous for its spectacular scenery of steep rain forested ridges that extend down to the winding coast. You can relax on the beach, take an elephant trek to one of the national parks waterfalls or dive among coral reef at the nearby Similan Islands. Read More...
Ton Sai Waterfall at Khao Phra Taew Park
Khao Phra Taew National Park is located just four kilometres or two and a half miles east of Thalang on Phuket in southern Thailand. It's the island's last
main outpost and primary evergreen rain forest. Within the park are two delightful waterfalls. Ton Sai waterfall to the west of the park is the prettiest and near Bang Pae waterfall to the east is the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center.
Limestone Cliffs at Khao Sok National Park
National Marine Park - Western Seaboard
comprises of a group of 42 islands spread over a portion of the Gulf of Thailand west of Ko Samui. The region was once
a haven for pirates, but now most visitors are tourists who come here
for day trips to relax on the soft sandy white beaches or to explore the
limestone caves and abundant wildlife in the lush virgin rain forest.
Canoeing around the jagged coastline as well as snorkeling
among the colourful coral reefs is also a major attraction. Read More...
Ang Thong National Park
National Marine Park - The Deep South
Ko Tarutao is spread over the mostly uninhabited archipelago near the
Malaysian island of Langkawi in the Andaman Sea. The region is home to a
mixed population of Thai and sea gypsies but tourists come here to
sample its superb diving sites, considered to be among the best in the
world. Though there may be a rich concentration of tropical fish
species, the offshore sightings of sperm and minke whales as well as dugongs and dolphins are also a common site here. Read More...
Ko Tarutao National Marine Park
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