Phuket is a city in southern Thailand, the capital of Phuket province. It had 75,000 inhabitants in 2007, or 1/4 of the total population of the province. A popular tourist destination thanks to the landscapes it offers, its national parks are the best places to see this for yourself. Here are the best national parks you can’t miss when you visit the Pearl of the Andaman.
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
This national park is huge. Within its 2,200km² you will find a perfectly preserved lush jungle, the reason for its impressive reputation. Located to the northeast of Phuket, you will find two waterfalls to refresh you during your journey in the authentic Thai jungle: Ton Sai and Bang Pae, both accessible by following a hiking path.
Sirinat National Park
Sirinat National Park is quite small, about 90 square kilometers, but that does not detract from its charm. It’s located along the coast, northwest of Phuket. This means that you can find white sand beaches, mangroves, and abundant underwater life here. This park was created to protect the nesting area of turtles. It’s therefore the ideal place for a moment of calm and discovery, far from the hustle and bustle of other beaches in the province.
Similan Islands National Park
The Similian Islands are located about a hundred kilometers from the coast of Phuket, so consider going there for more than a day to have the time to enjoy everything that this national park has to offer. Indeed, these islands are among the ten best dive sites in the world. The white sand beaches you’ll find here are some of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, often framed by huge blocks of granite that make for breathtaking scenery.
Khao Sok National Park
If you want to go on an adventure, you should definitely visit the Khao Sok National Park, located in the north of the province. It’s known as one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand, and you can marvel at the variety of plants and animals you can come across, including tigers, bears, and elephants.
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