Hi guys! How have you been getting by during the Pandemic? 🙂
In Thailand, even though there have been more clusters found here and there, we still see people traveling between provinces.. I’m still surprised when I see tourists, both the locals and foreigners in where I live (By the way I live in Cha-Am, one of well-known beach areas amongst Thais).
Is there anywhere you can avoid crowded places and enjoy a quiet, serene moment? Yes. If you are a nature lover, I’m sure you’ll love them!! Today I’d like to recommend you a number of national parks in Thailand that you may be able to visit. Let’s take a look at them! 😀
Note: Please keep in mind that since mid-April 2021, there have been new restrictions for entering some national parks in Thailand. You might want to keep yourselves with up-to-date information. Check it out here for the latest updates.
1. Khao Yai National Park
If you live in Bangkok, you travel only about a couple of hours and you will be in this big national park – Khao Yai! It is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known as the third largest and the most-visited national park in Thailand 🙂 Amazingly, it spreads across 4 provinces (Saraburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachinburi, and Nakhon Nayok). There are hiking and biking trails to be enjoyed, and many waterfalls – one of which is 150m-tall Haew Narok. The park is blessed with beautiful landscapes and fertile valleys as well. Thais love to visit Khao Yai during the wintertime because the temperature can drop to 9-10 °C during the night. They say it’s “sabai-sabai” to be there 😀 For more information, you can visit their official website.
2. Thong Pha Phum National Park
You may have heard about Kanchanaburi as the province is full of beautiful places that attract travelers and nature lovers from all over the country and the world. This seldom-explored park is located on the border with Myanmar, taking about 5-hour drive from Bangkok. There are many waterfalls and trekking areas that are just perfect for adventurous travelers 😀 During the cold-season (well, perhaps not so cold for those who are from the cold countries), mists will fill the valleys which make the scenery even more mysteriously beautiful. The park is also full of wildlife too, such as bears, tigers, elephants… It is definitely a must-visit place if you’re a kind of person who loves visiting the place that not many people have been there.
3. Khao Phra Viharn National Park
Another unique national park, Khao Phra Viharn, is located in the southern Isaan province called Sri Saket 🙂 As the province is just near the border with Cambodia, it contains numerous ruins of the 11th Century Khmer Empire. Actually it’s named after their sanctuary too. It requires about an 8-hour drive from Bangkok, but it’s worth visiting. You can perhaps make a plan to visit Cambodia too, haha 😀 You can also have views into the remote northern Cambodia as well and will enjoy serene scenery that covers the southern Isaan. There are also bungalows that you can stay for a night or two if you’re interested!
So, how is it friends? Are there any places you want to go? Hope there will be time that we can enjoy traveling freely again 🙂 See you guys!