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
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.