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All National Parks in or nearby Khao Lak

Khao Lak/ Lamru National Park

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One of the many national parks in the province of Phang-Nga, Khao Lak/Lamru covers a total area of 125sqm along the west shoreline. It includes parts of Thai Muang, Kapong, Takua Pa, and Phang-Nga Town districts, about 33 kms south of Takua Pa Town on Route 4.

The park offers a myriad of sightseeing opportunities for nature lovers, harbouring lots of exotic plants and wildlife amidst landscape that includes beaches, hills, mountains, forested valleys, mangroves and estuaries.

One of the park's many points of interest is Kao Lak mountain, situated beside the sea with a Chinese temple dedicated to the wizard of the mountain. The temple lies close to Thai Muang district.

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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 Read More...

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Lamru National Park Headquarters

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The headquarters of the Lamru National park are located some 50 metres off Highway 4, on the headland of Leam Hin Chang, immediately south of Khao Lak.

On entering the grounds you’ll have a few choices of what to do: to the left is a path leading down to a viewpoint and eventually to a small sandy beach, ‘Lek’ (small) Beach. It’s quite a walk and you should be prepared with lots of drinking water, insect repellent and good shoes but you’ll be rewarded by the beach’s beautiful coral and delicious seclusion.

For the more sedate you’ll be glad to know that a restaurant with truly stunning hillside views out over the Andaman Sea lies only a few metres from the main gate. In actual fact, this is a tiny part of the 125 sq km park so there’s a lot more to explore inland if you want to make a go of it.

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This group of rocks and islands lies 90 minutes by speedboat off the coast of Phang-Nga, or eight or more hours by slow boat from Phuket. The area was declared a marine national park in 1982 and consequently remains largely undeveloped. Derived from the Malay term sembilan, meaning 'nine', Similan refers to the nine main islands in the group. Read More...

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Sri Phang Nga National Park

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Located in the districts of Kuraburi and Takua Pa, the park is about 60 kms from Khao Lak. Worth a drive, visitors can see fine virgin forest, spend a day hiking, and even stay over in the park camping grounds.

Several picturesque waterfalls lie at various walking distances from the Park headquarters - depending on your level of fitness and time factor. Travel to the park from Takua Pa Town on the Highway 4 north toward Ranong about 26 kms. At km. 756 turn right and go on another 5 kms to the Park.

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Surin Islands are located about 60 km off the west coast of Phang-Nga Province, well known for diving, snorkelling and hiking in the surrounds of what is designated national park area. Of the five islands that make up the group, Koh Surin Neua (north island) and Koh Surin Tai (south island) are the principal islands - lying just across a small bay from each other, and where basic bungalow style accommodation and camping grounds can be found for overnight visits. Read More...

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Thai Muang National Park

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Formerly the site for tin mining activities, the area covered by the park comprises 45,000 rai, and is 25 kms from Khao Lak via highway 4 on the way down to Phuket.

Several points of interest lie within the park including Lumpee Falls, Tohn Prai Falls, and Hat Thai Muang, or Turtle Beach. Phang-Nga Province has an annual 7-day Turtle Releasing Festival in March. Turtles raised by the Fisheries Dept. are released by festival participants into the sea at Thai Muang.

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