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Thailand is a world tourist destination without doubt. Located in Southeast Asia, it is popular for its beaches, corals, waterfalls as much as for its ancient ruins, royal palaces and temples. One can explore many facets of this wonderful nation, be it natural, cultural, historical and economical. However, for us it is the splendid beauty coupled by its bundling ecology that makes Thailand special. There are over 100 national parks out of which 20 are marine parks that are generously sprinkled all over this small country.
In Thai language, Thailand means the ‘Land of the Free’ and interestingly Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has not been colonized.
How to reach
Bangkok the capital of Thailand is extremely well connected to the rest of the world by air.
What to see
Thailand abounds in natural beauty, ranging from Mangrove forests, beaches, waterfalls, islands and more, however, at Wild Voyager we prefer to explore and cover the lesser known and pristine areas. Some of these are:
- Erawan National Park – A mix of deciduous and evergreen forests, this popular Park is home to limestone hills and a number of streams. Its main attraction is however it is 7 tiers Erawan Falls dotted by the emerald ponds. Varied bird species such as the crested serpent eagle, black crested bulbul, whistling thrush, kalij pheasant and many more are found here. The forest includes the wild boar, wild elephants, Indian muntjac, sambar, deer and other animals. The other attractions within the Park include the Phartat Cave, Ta Duang Cave, Reua Cave and the various natural trails.
- Koh Samui – One of most magnificent islands, the Koh Samui is a tropical island popular for its beaches, luxury resorts, shopping, but also for the diverse wildlife that it shelters. The jungle tours within the island are organized on elephant rides where one can spot the monkeys, crocodiles and other animals. The forest also houses 200 snake species besides a large population of scorpions, insects and geckos.
- Ao Phang Nga Mangrove Forest – It is one of the largest marine forests of Thailand and consists of mangroves, corals, mudflats and islets. Interestingly it also is the largest mangrove hub of the country. The massive limestone formations against the mangroves and forests create beautiful landscapes that take your breath away. The forest is also home to a number of bird species and is recognized as a landmark birding site. Birds seen here include the Ruddy Kingfisher, brown winged kingfisher, white chested Babbler, chestnut bellied Malkoha, Ashy Tailorbird, Black hooded Oriole, egrets, sandpiper and many more. The Mangrove Pitta is of course the most sought after species.
- Krabi – Home to the Krabi River, this province is in large parts declared as national parks. The Phi Phi National Park is one of the most prominent national parks with stunning coral and marine ecosystems. Some other national parks are the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park and the Than Bokkhorani. The Krabi province is also home to a number of adventure activities, such as scuba diving, kayaking and more. The rainforests of Krabi are home to a number of animals and birds however it is the reptiles and insects that are found here in abundance.
- James Bond Island – Located in the Phang Nga Bay this island rose to fame after it was featured in the James Bond movie. The limestone karst topography gives way to some stunning and spectacular landscapes here. It is also an area with a thriving marine biodiversity. The wildlife here includes the coral reefs, blue crab, mud lobster, mudskipper, brain coral, pomfret, sole, sea cucumber, moray eel, rabbit fish, groupers and more. Bird species also flourish in this region, some of which are the Pacific reef heron, little egret, striated heron and so on. Aquatic plants such as seagrass and red algae besides amphibians such as cricket and tree frog are also seen here.
- Ratchaprapha Dam – Located within the Khao Sok National Park and acting dam to the Cheow Lan Lake, this entire region is home to some amazing wildlife and landscapes. The rainforest of this Park are said to be one the oldest in the world and is home to a number of species, including the tiger, Asian elephant, Malayan tapir, bear, guar, wild boar, langur, gibbons, squirrels, muntjak, barking deer and more. The amphibious centipede was discovered on this national park.
- Phuket – One of the finest beaches are found in Phuket making it a much sought after tourist attraction. However, it is not far behind in its wildlife diversity and quite a few natural landmarks in Phuket are a delight to naturalist. Some of these are the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, Loma Park, Khao Rang Hill, Similan Islands, Sirinath National Park, Suan Luang Park etc.
Thailand is extremely rich in terms of its natural landscapes and gorgeous sceneries, along with its thriving biodiversity. Some other areas and points of interests that make wildlife lovers hearts skip a beat are the Khao Yai National Park, Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve, Doi Inthanon National Park, Doi Suthep and more.
We will conduct a 4/5 days tour where we will visit the above mentioned regions and a few more. We will start our tour from Bangkok and visit the various wildlife and landscape niche regions in the span of the next few days.