Like many countries in South East Asia, Thailand has some magnificent natural terrain with an immensely rich variety of animal and botanical life.
Whether you’re interested in a week long hike through the jungle or simply a day trip to see some wild animals in their natural habitat, Thailand has something to offer you. Below we’ve highlighted just a few of the most popular nature reserves in Thailand.
Khao Sok nature reserve in Thailand
Khao Sok is situated in the South of Thailand and can best be reached by car either from Phuket or Surat Thani. Many tour operators offer kayaking trips to get to and from Khao Sok which adds a fun and adventurous dimension to the visit.
The terrain in Khao Sok consists mainly of hills and dense jungle terrain and is probably one of the best places in Thailand to view rare wild animals in their natural habitat. Bears, Sloth and Hornbills are just a few of the interesting species you are likely to see when visiting Khao Sok nature reserve.
Phangnga Bay nature reserve in Thailand
Although not technically a nature reserve, the landscape here is incredibly beautiful and largely unspoiled. Situated in the South of Thailand approximately one hour drive away from Phuket, Phangnga offers some spectacular scenery.
Aside from the pleasantly calm waters of the bay there are literally hundreds of tiny islands each raised high above sea level with long sheer face cliffs.
Khao Yai national park in Thailand
Khao Yai is the oldest and probably the most well known and visited national park in Thailand by foreign visitors and Thai people alike. Aside from the indigenous tigers and elephants that roam the national park, Khao Yai is home to an incredibly rich variety of bird life supporting more than 300 different species.
The national park at Khao Yai is fairly well maintained with established hiking trails that could last for several days depending on how long you want to stay there. There are also night watchtowers in which you can stay and from where you can observe the jungle come to life at night.