Khao Luang National Park in Nakhon Si Thammarat surrounds the highest mountain in Southern Thailand, Khao Luang (1,835 meters), on an area of 570 square kilometers. The park is known for beautiful mountains, forest walks, cool streams and impressive waterfalls. We just came here to check out the waterfalls, swim in the cool streams and picnic, but If you’re into flora and fauna, this place totally rocks! With over 300 species of orchids, Khao Luang is the only place in the world where some of these can be found. There are, to be exact, 327 species of animals living here including Malayan tapir, pig-tailed macaque, wild pig, clouded leopard, tiger, panther, barking deer and Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine. And if you are a bird lover it’s definitely worth a visit; Khao Luang provides some of the best sightings of montane bird species in the country.
The 1,835 meter high Khao Luang mountain as viewed from a distance. We drove from Krabi, which is a 2-hour drive away.
Tha Phae Waterfall entrance in Khao Luang National Park.
The Tha Phae Waterfall is a beautiful ten-tier waterfall with three levels open to the public. It’s located 6 km away from the more impressive Karom Waterfall with 19 levels. We spent quite some time here so we decided not to go to Karom.
Local kids slide down the rocks into a pool of cold water.
Locals enjoying the cool streams.
Wifey posing in front of the waterfall.