I am flying into bangkok in a few weeks and will be staying for two weeks total. My idea is to spend the second week down south on an island/beach, perhaps Ko Tao as it sounds nice for relaxing, snorkeling, etc. However, i would really like to see some wilderness areas and mountains if possible. As I'll spend the first 2 or so days in Bangkok, this only leaves me 3-4 days, so I don't think it's enough time to go waaay north. Are there some areas that are a shorter distance from Bangkok, where I could stay as a base camp and do some day trip, hikes etc? I was reading about Kanchanaburi--is this a good choice for this period of time? Thanks for any insight!
#1 Kahve has been a member since 14/6/2012. Posts: 2
I remember reading up on a national park to the east of Bangkok (heading into the Issan area) when I was looking at heading up that way but can't remember the name. I tried a quick google and came up with this site that might be useful: http://www.guidetothailand.com/map-thailand/map-natpark.php
I'm sure some far more knowledgeable people will pop in here soon to give you more practical info!
if you are heading down to the islands you can take a side trip to khao sok national park which is approx 2 hours drive from the port of suratthani (gateway to the gulf islands)
#3 9preciousGems has been a member since 13/1/2011. Posts: 82
Khao Yai national park is a great one 3 hours (by train or bus) northeast of Bangkok. It's tricky to do independently without renting a car, but I've heard good things about the Greenleaf guesthouse and tours of the park (they have a website, google it if you're interested). You can camp in the park and hike around the trails near the campground (you'd have to take a taxi from Pak Chong town to get there), but there are no vehicles shuttling travelers around the park.
Thanks a lot all--Khao Yai looks really great and could be just what we're looking for. Limited time means we might have to do a tour...but these look nice anyway.
#5 Kahve has been a member since 14/6/2012. Posts: 2