10 of the Most Beautiful National Parks in Thailand

There are over 100 national parks in Thailand covering one-fifth of the country, some of which still have tigers and elephants roaming free. From the jungle-covered mountains in the north to the marine parks in the south, below are seven beautiful national parks I have visited followed by three famous parks yet for me to explore.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Yong Waterfall in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

Nakhon Si Thammarat, which is the largest province in southern Thailand, boasts quite a few national parks and waterfalls. Previously we have visited Tha Phae Waterfall, and last we stopped by at Yong Waterfall – a 10 minutes drive away from the town of Thung Song.

Yong Waterfall is part of Namtok Yong National Park, a 205 square kilometers tropical mountain forest with an average elevation of 600 meters above sea level. From the entrance where you pay the 100 baht fee (as a foreign tourist), walk the paths which follow the stream about 700 meters up to the 15-meters high waterfall.

I would not call Yong Waterfall a touristy place, but Thai people love to come here to cool off in the lovely pool under the waterfall and feed the fish.