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Phang Nga Bay tops TripAdvisor list of Thailand’s top ten national parks

November 18, 2013

TripAdvisor travel site has revealed Thailand’s top ten National Parks. The list takes travellers with a quest for journeys of discovery across the country, from the highlands in the north to the secluded coastline in the south.

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Topping the list is Phang Nga Bay in southern Thailand which is famous for its spectacular crystal clear water, limestone cliffs and secluded bays. According to a TripAdvisor traveller, “Words can’t discern how beautiful these islands are. The dramatic view of the colourful limestone cliffs soaring from the emerald green water is mesmerizing.”

At 2,565 metres above sea level and forming part of the Himalayas, Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai is Thailand’s highest mountain. With cascading waterfalls, rivers and lush summit forests, the mountains are also home to the Meo and Karen hill tribes aswell as a rare variety of indigenous and migrant birds.

As described by a TripAdvisor traveller, “To ride from the swelter of the summer heat up into the cool and the clouds that visited us on the mountain, was almost surreal! The royal Pagodas are a must-see attraction; truly regal!”

Khao Sok National Park is a virgin rainforest dotted by limestone mountain ranges and high cliffs. Established as a national park in 1980, the poised limestone mountains resemble those in Guilin, China resulting in the local nickname of “Thailand’s Guilin”.

Enthused a TripAdvisor traveller, “The park was just amazing. Limestone cliffs, the lake, river canoeing, trekking, cooling off in the pool. If you are travelling to this region and are an outdoors person, then definitely visit the national park.”

“The National Parks of Thailand provide a myriad of activities from climbing a mountain, white water rafting down a river to simply relaxing on a beach, these beautiful parks never disappoint,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

The top 10 National Parks in Thailand, as ranked by TripAdvisor, are as follows:

Phang Nga Bay, Phang Nga

Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani

Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi

Angthong National Marine Park, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan

Similan Islands National Park, Phang Nga

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai

Kao Yai National Park, Nakhon Ratchasima

Sai Yok National Park, Kanchanaburi

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