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.
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.