10 Breathtaking Natural Sights in Thailand

Thailand Natural Wonders

It’s no secret that Thailand hosts some breathtaking natural sights, both inland and at sea. The great range of geological formations all around the country offers visitors an astonishing number of places to visit during their holiday in the Land of Smiles.

From the mountains of the central and northern areas of the country to the weirdly shaped limestone formations of southern Thailand, the country has become famous for its natural wonders. Follow us through 10 sites you should not miss if you come to Thailand, all of them will make you stare wide-eyed in front of the outstanding beauty of Mother Nature.

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Phang Nga Bay Phang Nga Province

Covering an area of about 400 km2 and comprising 42 islands and islets, Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park is an almost unique site in the region – only Ha Long Bay in Vietnam has a similar appearance. The distinctive feature of Phang Nga Bay is the sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald-green water. Located to the north of Phuket, the bay is protected from both the Northeast and the Southwest monsoon seasons, its waters remain calm year-round, which adds to the appeal of its scenic wonders and abundant wildlife. James Bond Island, Koh Panyee, and Samet Nang She View Point are some of the must-visit sites in Phang Nga Bay. Read More...

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Similan Islands Phang Nga Province
Similan Islands

Similan Islands are located just 84 km northwest of the bustling crowds of Phuket. Koh Similan is one of the best-known island groups in the Andaman Sea, largely because of the wonders that wait beneath the clear blue waters that surround it. Generally counted among the most interesting dive areas in the world, this little archipelago has also become a favourite destination for yachts and tour boats. The most striking feature of these islands, at first glance, are the huge boulders that litter the western and southern shores on several of the islands. Another highlight, as the visitor soon discovers, are the white coral-sand beaches, which are splendidly picturesque and often deserted. Read More...

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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is a 739 km² national park located about 50km northeast of Khao Lak. Belonging to the Province of Surat Thani, it is a low mountainous area (the highest point is at 950m) covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. The central area of Khao Sok National Park hosts one of the most impressive sites in southern Thailand: the man-made Cheow Lan Lake contained by Ratchaprapha Dam. Like an inland sea covering 165 km², Cheow Lan Lake has exactly the same characteristics as the world-wide famous Phang Nga Bay located some 100km south: tall limestone karst formations jutting out from the emerald waters of the lake surrounded by sandstone and mudstone hills covered by a vegetation even more diverse than the Amazon forest. It’s certainly a must-visit place. Read More...

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Erawan Falls Kanchanaburi Province
Erawan Falls

Part of a national park of the same name covering a pristine area of 550 km² located 40 km northwest of Kanchanaburi Town, Erawan is a seven-tiered waterfalls offering plunge pools, stunning falls, rock formations, and the warm, humid and mysterious atmosphere of the rainforest. Each step at Erawan Waterfalls has its own aspect and characteristic, offering visitors several types of waterfalls in one place – ledge, plunge, horsetail, cascade, and more. The hike to discover the seven Erawan Falls takes roughly four hours. You can hire a guide if you wish, but the trail is pretty well-marked and easy to follow. The only challenging part is between the fifth and seventh waterfalls and features scrambling a path and unsteady ladders. Read More...

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Khao Yai National Park parts of Saraburi, Prachinburi, and Nakhon Nayok Provinces
Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Thailand’s third largest and one of the most visited national parks. It spreads across four provinces, namely Saraburi (west), Nakhon Nayok (east), Nakhon Ratchasima (north) and Prachinburi (east). Blessed with a lush, mountainous landscape, with fertile valleys, pounding waterfalls and rich biodiversity, Khao Yai is a year-round getaway destination just three hours’ drive from Bangkok. It’s a good idea to drop by the park’s headquarters (closes at 18:00) and visitor’s centre to pick up an area map and plan your journey, which can include hiking along the five scenic routes, wildlife watching at Nong Pak Chee or Mo Singto and visiting various scenic viewpoints and the park’s highest summit at Khao Rom. Read More...

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Thi Lo Su Waterfall ‎Tak Province
Thi Lo Su Waterfall

Surprisingly unknown to visitors, Thi Lo Su Waterfall stands at a height of approximately 250 metres, a width of 450 metres, and is the largest and tallest plunge waterfall in Thailand. Located on the Mae Klong River in Tak Province, just a few kilometres east from the border between Thailand and Myanmar, the scenery of Thi Lo Su Waterfall is truly spectacular. Note that the journey to get there is rather long as the waterfall is really located in a remote area of Thailand, but this impressive four-tiered fall is worth the effort, even if only to experience the trek in an unspoiled natural environment. Once arrived at the park headquarters, you need to walk about two kilometres to reach the waterfall. Guided tours are available.

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Tham Lot Mae Hong Son Province
Tham Lot

With a total length of 1,666 metres, Tham Lot is one of the longest cave systems in Thailand that are open to visitors. Located about one-hour drive north of Pai in Mae Hong Son Province, just 15 km from the border between Thailand and Myanmar, the cave can both be visited on foot and on board a raft. Guided tours provided by villagers are available. Important archaeological remains dating back thousands of years have been found in Tham Lot, which otherwise features impressive limestone stalactites and stalagmites that can be seen all along the underground path. The visits are opened from 08:00 until 18:00, the admission fee is 200 baht per adult, and 100 baht per child.

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Phi Phi Islands Krabi province
Phi Phi Islands

The Phi Phi islands are some of the loveliest in Southeast Asia. Just a 45-minute speedboat trip or a 90-minute ferryboat ride from either Phuket or Krabi, these picture postcard islands offer the ultimate tropical getaway. Featuring classic tropical beaches, stunning rock formations and vivid turquoise waters teeming with colourful marine life, it is paradise perfected. Phi Phi is a group of six islands. The two main islands are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The larger and inhabited Phi Phi Don attracts hundreds of visitors to stay on its lovely shores while the smaller uninhabited Phi Phi Leh hosts stunningly beautiful bays and beaches, including the world-famous Maya Bay, which was the set where The Beach, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, was filmed. Read More...

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Doi Inthanon National Park Chiang Mai Province
Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is a true jewel of natural beauty, consisting of rugged mountainous terrain blanketed by lush tropical forests and dotted with mighty rivers and majestic waterfalls. The park's protected status makes it a sanctuary for a wide range of animal species and it is perhaps the best place in Thailand for bird watching. The highest peak in Thailand, Doi Inthanon rises to a height of 2,565 meters above sea level. The national park which contains Doi Inthanon and bears its name covers 482 km². The diversity of Doi Inthanon does not only extend to plant and animal species, however. The park has long been home to settlements of Northern Hilltribes as well.  Read More...

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Ang Thong National Marine Park

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. Within sight of Koh Samui, Ang Thong Marine Park is a protected area of more than 100 square kilometres of land and sea, and home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkelling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, sailing and simply relaxing on one of its idyllic beaches are the main activities to enjoy on Ang Thong. Read More...

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