Thursday, April 28, 2011

National Parks accessible from Phuket

This area was formerly an area that was used for tin mining.

The main draw of this park is the spectacular fauna, this includes
 a number of limestone crags and caves and these are surrounded
by a superb evergreen tropical rain forest.  The park is also surrounded by a number of wildlife sanctuaries, Knlong Saeng, Khlong Nakha and Sri Phang-nga National Park.

The park is a collection of a number of islands (about 150 square kilometres).  It is at the Southern most part of Krabi Province.  There are a number of different (and strange) reasons as to the naming of the islands and the best time to visit is between November and April.  Including Lanta Yai Island.

The area (90 square km) is not far from the airport and includes the Nai Yang Beach (13km long) Nai Ton Beach and Mai Khao Beach. This was Thailand's first National Park and they have organised bird watching trips here.

To find this place is not easy.  The islands lie between Burma and Thailand.  Due to this distance only minimal development has taken place and accommodation has been described as 'spartan'.  If you do take the trip it will be worth it.  The sea quality is superb and because of the extremely low high tide it is not necessary to be an expert diver to share the wonders of the fish and coral.

Than Bok Khorani National Park 
A beautiful park with a large assortment of different types of tree around a pool and the river winds itself through the mountain.  The temple at the North end of the pool is a carving of the Buddha's footprint.

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