Hello from Finland,
I´m doing my first SEA trip between January and May 2011.
I would like to know about national parks in Thailand.Which ones are easy to go to with public transport and have somewhere modest to sleep at modest price?Are there usually well marked paths or would I need a guide?Any experiences?
All the best,Janne
Favorite is probably Khao Sok down south between Surat Thani and Phuket. Public buses go past the turnoff to the park where the entrance is just another 2km walk. Plenty of rooms, bungalows, even some "treehouses" near the park headquarters. Can organise walks guided or unguided there.
Also good to take a trip to the huge lake and sleep in one of the floating rafthouses. If you do this it's good to group up with other travellers to share costs otherwise it can be expensive. http://www.khaosok.com
There is a NATIONAL PARKS web site - google it.
Khao Yai is popular - has a couple of campsites.
you can hire camping equipment at all National parks
Kha Sok down South is great
Kaeng Krachan is the biggest and one of the least visited by foreigners - keep it to your self!
Try to "be green" whe you visit - the average visitor from Thailand hasn't got a clue - it's very,very sad
#3 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
Yeah, the notion of not throwing trash all around your environment hasn't caught on in Thailand yet. My wife's village is a pig stye, with plastic bags and bottles all over the place - and it doesn't seem to bother a soul. Driving and polluting - two areas where the Thai's could use a little work.
#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Thanks for the replies.Was already thinking about Khao Sok and now it seems settled.Kaeng Krachan seems harder to get to but maybe will visit if I find someone to go with or if I feel lucky enough I´ll try it by myself.
I´m debating with myself about taking my hiking shoes with me(they would take room and are quite heavy).Could I get by with pair of sneakers?
I´m all for keeping the places clean.
Khao Sam Roi Yot is also quite nice for a beachfront NP. It's just a short distance south of Hua Hin and not too difficult to reach. I wouldn't even bother taking public transport. I'd hire a motorbike in Hua Hin and go from there.
You might regret bringing hiking shoes, especially if you only use them once or twice.
I am into visiting NP as well. My and my bf will be travelling in SEA next year. I won't be much of help, but I found this website that has all NP listed:
#7 fox80 has been a member since 12/2/2010. Posts: 22
I wouldn't bother with boots - you might get a good pair of gortex all-purpose sneakers before you go.
Public transport to Kaen Krchan might be a bit patchy - there will be minibus trips there. If you feel up to it hire a pickup or motorbike - makes getting to any "out of the way" place a lot easier. With a truck you can carry a lot more stuff too!
#8 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560