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Thailand has one of the highest percentages of protected land of any nation in the world. The National Parks Act of 1961 established Khao Yai as the first official wildlife sanctuary and today the country boasts over 100 national parks, with 19 of these being marine parks.

The ecological diversity of Thailand's national parks is remarkable. While today the larger species such as the Asiatic bear and Asian tiger are rather elusive, there are still great viewing opportunities available, including hornbills in Doi Inthanon, wild elephants in Khao Yai and giant manta rays in the Similan Islands.

From comfortable rainforest camps to spa resorts, we can offer a wide range of accommodation options from which to explore these areas. The level of activity can also be tailored to suit your pace and interest.

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Popular national parks in Thailand

Thailand's national parks are places of unspoiled tranquillity that are particularly rich in both tropical flora and fauna.

From the country's oldest national park, Khao Yai, to the impressive but less-known Kaeng Krachan, these are places where you can see wild elephants, deer, bears gibbons, boars, hornbills and even tigers.

Other popular national parks include Doi Inthanon, home to Thailand's biggest peak at 2,595 metres, Khao Sam Roi Yot, one of the country's most popular coastal parks, and Kaeng Krachan, the largest and most accessible park in the Thailand.

Recommended accommodation

With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience and whenever possible, we try to track down accommodation with character. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives.

Here, we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.

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