Thailand is a tropical paradise known for white sandy beaches, towering temples, mesmerizing markets and a wild nightlife, but do you dare to explore the depths of Thailand’s dense jungles?
There are over 60 forest parks in Thailand filled with colorful flora, diverse fauna and cascading waterfalls just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re animal spotting or looking for adventure, Thailand's jungles are ready for you.
Khao Yai National Park was Thailand’s first national park and is the second-largest park in the country. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, more than 80% of the park is forested with plant life and visitors have the chance to see a diverse selection of mammalian life as well as countless invertebrates and birds. Gibbons are one of the main attractions but patient hikers may spot tree-dwelling apes, macaques, and if you’re really lucky you could see wild elephants. Khao Yai Park is also home to a number of remarkable waterfalls. Of particular importance is Haew Suwat Waterfall which was made famous in the Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘The Beach’. There are paved hiking trails for beginners or more advance routes if you’re seeking adventure. The park is easily accessible from Bangkok - just take a train or bus to Pak Chong.
The Mae Wang region is home to one of the country’s most famous park, park and the highest peak in Thailand. A climb up to the mountain is complete with infinite jungle views. There are also two breathtaking chedis (stupas) you can visit on your walk to the top. In addition to being the "Roof of Thailand" you will also find many noteworthy waterfalls. Mae Klang Falls, Wachiratan Falls,
Siriphum Falls, and Mae Ya Falls are just a few. The park is also home to Karen and Meo Hmong villages, many of which are open to visitors to see how they live. Last but not least is the Baan Tawai wood carving village. Here you can find beautiful handcrafted goods and souvenirs produced by local artists. They make for great gifts!
Want more adventure? If you would like to visit some untouched areas, we recommend Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok National Park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is believed to be older and more diverse than the Amazon. Since it receives rain from both the Gulf of Thailand as well as the Andaman Sea, it’s also one of Thailand’s wettest regions. Keep this in mind if you plan to travel during the rainy season. Five percent of the world’s animal species are said to live in the park including Malayan tapir, Asian elephants, tigers, numerous species of deer, bear, wild boar, gibbons, and more.
In southern Thailand you will find the Krabi jungles. While Krabi is already well-known as a prime diving and beach location, Ngorn Nak Mountain is a great place to explore when you need an escape from the beach. Elephant rides through the jungle can be organized making your adventure all that more exciting.