Take Your Pick of the National Parks Near Hua Hin
Visit the National Parks Near Hua Hin
If you’re a nature-lover and wildlife aficionado, and you’re visiting Bangkok for business or pleasure, plan to spend a few days extra and take a side trip to the seaside town of Hua Hin, about two and half hours down the coast.
Rent a room on the beach in town or in a national park. (There are many guesthouses behind the Kaeng Krachan Dam). Plan to spend your extra days exploring the many national parks that lie inland from Hua Hin. You’ll have your pick of a whopping seven national parks to choose from. But if you can’t decide, just choose one of the two largest, Kaeng Krachan and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Parks.
Take a day-long guided hike through these immense and spectacular parks, and you’ll be rewarded by seeing caves, waterfalls, mountains and more wildlife than you can imagine. These parks are also home to some of Asia’s rarest wildlife, so you might just have a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Hire a Guide for the Best Experience
Exploring deep into these parks is recommended only for people in reasonably good shape and can walk all day long without difficulty. The rarest of the wildlife in the parks stay well away from roads and civilization. To see them at all requires the expertise of a guide who can lead you to known haunts in the park. Even then, nothing is guaranteed.
But the waterfalls, mountains, meadows and spectacular caves will still thrill you even if you don’t happen to catch sight of your favorite species of animal. Walking along in the primeval forest, you’ll hardly believe that Bangkok is just a short distance away.
And while enjoying a fresh seafood dinner along the beach of Hua Hin as the sun sets, you’ll be glad you took the time to explore this corner of the country.