Top 5 natural wonders in Thailand

Phang Nga Bay, photo by Dave Bezaire and Susi Havens-Bezaire

Thailand is a magnet for traveler from all over the world, thanks to its interesting culture, lovely cuisine and amazing landmarks, but no one can ignore the natural beauty of this fascinating country either. Those travelers who are all about exploring stunning natural spots will feel right at home in Thailand, where natural beauty combines with man-made wonders to form a perfect travel destination. This tropical paradise is somewhat under-appreciated when it comes to its natural assets, but if you decide to explore it, you will be given a royal treat for the eyes. Here are the top 5 natural wonders of Thailand.

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park, photo by Sugree on Flickr

Khao Yai National Park is the first national park in Thailand, and an Unesco World Heritage Site with an incredibly rich flora and faun. You can see over 2000 species of plants in the park, and you can’t help but me impressed by the majestic trees draped with moss, waterfalls that form crystal clear pools surrounded by abundant vegetation, and wildlife. You can rent a car to explore the park, but you can also hitchhike – the park rangers are friendly and willing to take you around the park and even show you some of the most interesting places.

Erawan Falls, Kanchanaburi

The city of Kanchanaburi is known mainly because of the Bridge over the River Kwai, but the nearby Erawan Falls are an absolute must-see as well. The Erawan Falls are easily the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand, and although they are not exactly easily accessible, they are more than worth the 200 bah entrance fee. The falls have seven tiers and the converge into a lovely pool that is great for a dip.

Hong Island

Hong Island, photo by Argenberg on Flickr

Hong Island fully deserves its place among the top 5 natural wonders in Thailand – after all, it is a place of such extraordinary and unusual natural beauty that it never stops to fascinate foreign and Thai tourists. This little island is surrounded by a circular limestone formation, and perhaps the most interesting sight on the island is the bay in the north, the entrance of which looks like a narrow hall leading to a beautiful sandy beach.

Phang Nga Bay

The scenery of Phang Nga Bay is downright surrealistic and seems like a place where the usual laws of physics do not apply. The gravity-defying limestone formations in the bay are spectacular, but there are more things to see: hidden caves, small pristine beaches, and secret lakes, so if you want to make the most of your visit you should book a tour, or ask some local to point out some of the most exciting sights in the area.

Samet Island

Samet, photo by Saw Htoo

Samet Island is a very narrow, 6 kilometer long island with astounding beaches and some of the most amazing coral formations that you can see anywhere in Thailand. Scuba divers and snorkelers flock to Samet by the hundreds, because the underwater paradise is just as alluring as the tropical heaven of Samet’s beaches.

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