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List of national parks of Thailand – Part 1




National parks in Thailand are defined as an area of least ten square kilometers which are known to contain natural resources of ecological importance or unique beauty, or flora and fauna of special importance.

• There are 102 national parks which includes 21 marine national parks in Thailand.
• The parks are administrated by the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP), which are a part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)
• The department was newly created in 2002, and took over the national parks from the Royal Forest Department of the Ministry of Agriculture
• The first national park was Khao Yai in 1961, when the National Park Act B.E. 2504 was passed
• The first marine park was Khao Sam Roi Yot that was established in 1966
• In 1993 the administration of the national parks was split into two divisions
• One was for the terrestrial and one was for the Marine National Park Division (MNPD)
• Controversies about Thailand’s national parks include excessive development and private concessions
• Ko Samet, and other island-based national parks, are particularly impacted by private concessions
• Many of the northern parks are greatly impacted by illegal swidden farming and poaching.
• There are 33 national parks and three marine parks in the process of creation
• Khao Yai National Park is the second largest in Thailand which covers an area of 2,168 square kilometers.

National parks of Thailand

Below are the major names of the national parks according to their Name, Province, Area (km²) and Date created (if known).
1. North Side
– Thung Salaeng Luang
• Phitsanulok,Phetchabun
• 1,262.4
– Nam Nao
• Phetchabun
• 966
– Doi Inthanon
• Chiang Mai
• 482.4
– Doi Khun Tan
• Lamphun, Lampang
• 255.29
– Lan Sang
• Tak
• 104
– Ramkhamhaeng
• Sukhothai
• 341
• 1980
– Doi Suthep-Pui
• Chiang Mai
• 261.06
– Si Satchanalai
• Sukhothai
• 213.2
• 1981
– Mae Ping
• Lamphun, Tak, Chiang Mai
• 1,003.75
– Wiang Kosai
• Phrae, Lampang
• 410
– Namtok Mae Surin
• Mae Hong Son
• 396.6
– Taksin Maharat
• Tak
• 149
– Khlong Lan
• Kamphaeng Phet
• 300
• 1985
– Phu Hin Rong Kla
• Phitsanulok, Loei
• 307
• 1984
– Mae Yom
• Phrae
• 454.75
– Mae Wong
• Kamphaeng Phet,Nakhon Sawan
• 894
• 1987
– Namtok Chat Trakan
• Phitsanulok
• 543
– Chae Son
• Lampang
• 768
– Sri Lanna
• Chiang Mai
• 1,406
– Doi Luang
• Chiang Rai, Phayao,Lampang
• 1,170
– Khlong Wang Chao
• Kamphaeng Phet, Tak
• 747
– Op Luang
• Chiang Mai
• 553
– Sa La Win
• Mae Hong Son
• 721.52
– Khun Chae
• Chiang Rai
• 270
– Huai Nam Dang
• Chiang Mai
• 1,252.12

2. North East
– Khao Yai
• Nakhon Ratchasima,Saraburi, Prachinburi
• 2,168.635
– Phu Kradung
• Loei
• 348.12
– Phu Phan
• Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin
• 664.70
– Phu Ruea
• Loei
• 120.84
– Tat Ton
• Chaiyaphum
• 217.18
– Kaeng Tana
• Ubon Ratchathani
• 80
– Thap Lan National Park
• Nakhon Ratchasima,Prachinburi
• 2,235.80
– Phu Kao – Phu Phan Kham National Park
• Khon Kaen
• 322
– Phu Chong-Na Yoi
• Ubon Ratchathani
• 686
– Huai Huat National Park
• Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon, Mukdahan
• 828.56
– Mukdahan National Park
• Mukdahan
• 48.5

3. Western, Central and Eastern Thailand
– Namtok Phliu
• Chanthaburi
• 134.5
– Erawan
• Kanchanaburi
• 549.98
– Khao Chamo-Khao Wong
• Rayong, Chanthaburi
• 83.68
– Khao Khitchakut
• Chanthaburi
• 58.310
– Chaloem Rattanakosin
• Kanchanaburi
• 59
– Sai Yok
• Kanchanaburi
• 500
– Phra Puttachai
• Saraburi
• 44.57
– Kaeng Krachan
• Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan
• 2,914.70
– Khuean Si Nakarin
• Kanchanaburi
• 1,532
– Pang Sida
• Sa Kaeo, Prachinburi
• 844
• 1982
– Khao Laem
• Kanchanaburi
• 1,497
– Phu Toei
• Suphanburi
• 317.48
– Kui Buri
• Prachuap Khiri Khan
• 969
– Ta Phraya
• Buriram, Sa Kaeo
• 594
• 1996
– Phu Toei
• Suphanburi
• 317.48

4. South Side
– Khao Luang
• Nakhon Si Thammarat
• 570
– Khao Sok
• Surat Thani
• 738.74
• 1980
– Khao Panom Benja
• Krabi
• 50.12
– Khao Pu-Khao Ya
• Phattalung
• 694
– Si Phang-nga
• Phang Nga
• 246.08
– Namtok Yong
• Nakhon Si Thammarat
• 205
– Khao Nam Khang
• Songkhla
• 212
– Kaeng Krung
• Surat Thani
• 541
• 1990

5. Marine Parks
– Khao Sam Roi Yot
• Prachuap Khiri Khan
• 98.08
• 1966
– Ao Phang Nga National Park
• Phang Nga
• 400
• 1981
– Tarutao
• Satun
• 1,490.00
• 1976
– Thaleban
• Satun
• 196.00
• 1980
– Mu Ko Ang Thong
• Surat Thani
• 102.00
• 1980
– Than Sadet-Ko Pha-Ngan
• Surat Thani
• 65.93
• 1983
– Mu Ko Surin
• Phang Nga
• 135.00
• 1981
– Sirinath
• Phuket
• 90.00
• 1981
– Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samed
• Rayong
• 131.00
• 1981
– Hat Chao Mai
• Trang
• 230.87
• 1981
– Mu Ko Similan
• Phang Nga
• 140.00
• 1982

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By Plane
• The main international airports in Thailand are at Bangkok and Phuket.
• Both are well-served by intercontinental flights.
• Practically every airline that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok.
• International airports are also located at Hat Yai, Krabi, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai.
• Kuala Lumpur and Singapore make excellent places to catch flights into these smaller Thai cities.
• The national carrier is the well-regarded THAI Airways with Bangkok Airways filling in some gaps in the nearby region.
• Bangkok Airways offers free internet access while you wait for boarding to start at your gate.
• Chartered flights from and to Thailand from international destinations are operated by Hi Flying group.
• They fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui and Udon Thani.

2. By Road
• Cambodia – six international border crossings.
• The highway from Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor via Poipet to Aranyaprathet
• Laos – the busiest border crossing is at the Friendship Bridge across the Mekong between Nong Khai and the Lao capital Vientiane.
• It’s also possible to cross the Mekong at Chiang Khong / Huay Xai, Nakhon Phanom /Tha Khaek, Mukdahan / Savannakhet, and elsewhere.
• Vientiane / Udon Thani.
• A bus service runs from the Morning Market bus station in Vientiane to the bus station in Udon Thani.
• The cost is 80 Baht or 22,000 Kip and the journey takes two hours.
• The Udon Thani airport is 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk from the bus station and is served by Thai Airways, Nok Air and Air Asia.
Malaysia and Singapore driving is entirely possible.
• Main crossings between Thailand and Malaysia are Padang Besar (Padang Besar) and Sadao (Bukit Kayu Hitam) in Songkhla province, Betong in Yala province, and Sungai Kolok in Narathiwat province.
• There are regular buses from Singapore to the southern hub of Hat Yai.

3. By Train
Thailand’s sole international train service links to Butterworth (near Penang) and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, continuing all the way to Singapore.

4. By Ferry
• It is possible now to travel by ferries in high season (Nov-May) from Phuket and island hop your way down the coast all the way to Indonesia.
• This can now be done without ever touching the mainland, Phuket (Thailand) to Padang (Indonesia).
Islands en route:
– Ko Phi Phi
– Ko Lanta
– Ko Ngai
– Ko Mook
– Ko Bulon
– Ko Lipe
– Langkawi
– Penang

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tourismthailand.org
Hotels at gothailand.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – List of national parks of Thailand

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at thainationalpark.com
Blogs at ezinearticles.com
Blogs and reviews at dnp.go.th

Images and photos of Thailand – list of national parks of Thailand

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Videos of Thailand – list of national parks of Thailand






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