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Thailand has 96 national parks, 100 wildlife and non-hunting sanctuaries and 65 forest parks, which together make up a full 13 percent of land area.
The park system, managed by the Royal Forestry Department, provides the visitor with easy access to the country’s natural treasure, from the mountain pine forests of the North to the southern rainforests to the spectacular coral and marine life off both coasts.

Some of the wildlife and non-hunting sanctuaries adjoin one another, making conservation efforts easier. Most of the parks are accessible by road, offer simple accommodation and charge a small admission fee. In the larger ones such as Khao Yai, rangers can be hired as guides for long treks. Wildlife sanctuaries are not tourism areas, however, so visitors must bring food and camping gear and observe the no-disturbance rules set up to protect the animals.

   National parks and wildlife sanctuaries have rules for visitors that are made to ensure environmental protection as well as your own safety. You can contribute to the preservation of Thailand's natural heritage by observing the simple rules of leaving nothing behind, taking nothing with you, and respecting the residents of the place you visit, human or otherwise.

National Park :
1 Than Bokkharani National Park Krabi
2 Khao Phanom Bencha National Park Krabi
19 Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Krabi
3 Khao Luang National Park Nakhonsithammarat
21 Hat Khanom Mu Ko Thale Tai N.P. Nakhonsithammarat
22 Khao Nan National Park Nakhonsithammarat
20 Nam Tok Yong National Park Nakhonsithammarat
4 Sai Khao Waterfall National Park Songkhla
5 Khao Lak-Lamru National Park Phang Nga
6 Ao Phang Nga National Park Phang Nga
16 Khao Lamphi National Park Phang Nga
25 Mu Ko Similan National Park Phang Nga
24 Mu Ko Surin National Park Phang Nga
23 Sri Phang-Nga National Park Phang Nga
7 Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park Phatthalung
8 Sirinat National Park Phuket
9 Laem Son National Park Ranong
10 Phe Tra Islands National Park Satun / Trang
11 Tarutao National Park Satun
12 Thale Ban National Park Satun
13 Khao Sok National Park Suratthani
14 Tai Rom Yen National Park Suratthani
15 Ang Thong National Marine Park Suratthani
17 Tarnto Waterfall Natural Park Yala
18 Hat Chao Mai National Park Trang
28 Southern Thailand Botanical Garden Trang
26 Khao Chong Nature & Wild Life Center Trang
27 Rajamangkala Aquarium Trang
4 Sai Khao Waterfall National Park Pattani
29 Kapoh Waterfall Park Chumphon

Zoo :

A Dusit Zoo Bangkok
B Khao Kheow Open Zoo Chonburi
 Thailand in brief
Religion - Language
 Poeple - History    

Thailand is a Southeast Asian, predominantly Buddhist kingdom almost equidistant between India and China. For centuries known by outsiders as Siam, Thailand has been something of a Southeast Asian migratory, cultural and religious cross-roads. With an area of some 510,000 square kilometres and a population of some 57 million, Thailand is approximately the same size as France. Thailand shares borders with Myanmar to the west and north, Laos to the north-east, Kampuchea to the west, and Malaysia to the south. Geographically speaking, Thailand is divided into six major regions: the mountainous north where elephants work forests and winter temperatures are sufficiently cool to permit cultivation of temperate fruits such as strawberries and peaches; the sprawling north-east plateau, largely bordered by the Mekong River, where the world's oldest Bronze Age civilisation flourished some 5,000 years ago; the central plain, one of the world's most fertile rice and fruit-growing areas; the eastern coastal plain, where fine sandy beaches support the growth of summer resorts; western mountains and valleys, suitable for the development of hydro-electric power: and the peninsular south where arresting scenic beauty complements economically vital tin mining, robber cultivation and fishing.

Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with 3 distinct seasons – summer from March through May, rainy with plenty of sunshine from June to September and cool from October through February. The average annual temperature is 28°C (83°F), ranging, in Bangkok, for example, from 30°C in April to 25°C in December.

Time in Thailand is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+ 7).

Archaeological discoveries around the north- east hamlet of Ban Chiang suggest that the world's oldest Bronze Age civilisation was flourishing in Thailand some 5,600 years ago. Successive waves of immigrants, including Mons, Khmers and Thais, gradually entered the land mass now known as Thailand, most slowly travelling along fertile river valleys from southern China. By the 11th and 12th centuries, Khmers ruled much of the area from Angkor. By the early 1200s, Thais had established small northern city states in Lanna, Phayao and Sukhothai. In 1238, two Thai chieftains rebelled against Khmer suzerainty and established the first truly independent Thai kingdom in Sukhothai (literally, 'Dawn of Happiness'). Sukhothai saw the Thais' gradual expansion throughout the entire Chao Phraya River basin, the establishment of Theravada Buddhism as the paramount Thai religion, the creation of the Thai alphabet and the first expression of nascent Thai art forms, including painting, sculpture, architecture and literature. Sukhothai declined during the 1300s and eventually became a vassal state of Ayutthaya, a dynamic young kingdom further south in the Chao Phraya River valley. Founded in 1350, Ayutthaya remained the Thai capital until 1767 when it was destroyed by Burmese invaders. During Ayutthaya's 417 years as the capital, under the rule of 33 kings, the Thais brought their distinctive culture to full fruition, totally rid their lands of Khmer presence and fostered contact with Arabian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and European powers. Ayutthaya's destruction was as severe a blow to the Thais as the loss of Paris or London would have been to the French or English. However, a Thai revival occurred within a few months and the Burmese were expelled by King Taksin who later made Thon Buri his capital. In 1782, the first king of the present Chakri dynasty, Rama I, established his new capital on the site of a riverside hamlet called Bangkok (Village of Wild Plums). Two Chakri monarchs, Mongkut (Rama IV) who reigned between 1851 and 1868, and his son Chulalongkorn (Rama V, 1868-1910) saved Thailand from western colonisation through adroit diplomacy and selective modernisation. Today, Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. Since 1932, Thai kings including the present monarch, H.M. King Bhumipol Adulyadej have exercised their legislative powers through a national assembly, their executive powers through a cabinet headed by a prime minister, and their judicial powers through the law courts.

Throughout her long history, Thailand has gently absorbed immigrants. Many were skilled as writers, painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and architects, and helped enrich indigenous culture. People inhabiting Thailand today share rich ethnic diversity – – mainly Thai, Mon, Khmer, Laotian, Chinese, Malay, Persian and Indian stock – – with the result that there is no typically Thai physiognomy or physique. There are petite Thais, statuesque Thais, round-faced Thais, dark-skinned Thais and light-skinned Thais. Some 80% of all Thais are connected in some way with agriculture which, in varying degrees, influences and is influenced by the religious ceremonies and festivals that help make Thailand such a distinctive country.
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Phi Phi Islands   

Travel to the Phi Phi Islands
Ko Phi Phi can be reached by boat either from Krabi or Phuket. In downtown Krabi tourists can take a boat at Chaofa pier. The boat leaves for Ko Phi Phi daily. Boat tickets are available at the pier or from travel agents in the town. It takes about 2 hours and a half for the journey. Regular boats from Ao Nang to Ko Phi Phi are also available during high season.

Mu Ko Phi Phi
An archipelago of six islands consists of Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Le as the major islands. The superb scenery of the islands includes high hills with jutting cliffs surrounded by marvelous beaches and emerald sea, hiding underneath a bank of coral reefs and colorful marine life. Places to visit of Mu Ko Phi Phi include 

Ko Phi Phi Don  
covers a total area of 28 square kilometers : 8 kilometers in length and 3.5 at its broadest point.  At the north end is Cape Laem Tohng, where there is a Chao Ley, or sea gipsy village.  These sea gypsies emigrated from Koh Lipeh in Tarutao National Park, near the border with Malaysia.  Diving at Laem Tohng is excellent, as it is also at Hua Rah Ket to the extreme south.  There are long beaches with rocks scattered about.  Two curving bays are especially beautiful : Ton Sai and Loh Dalam.  This is also where accommodations and tourist services are found.

Ko Phi Phi Le
is 6.6 square kilometers in total area : 3 kilometers in length and 1 at its broadest point.  The island is entirely limestone and steep cliffs rising from the sea very nearly ring it.  Surrounding waters average about 20 meters in depth, reaching 34 meters at the deepest point off the island's southern tip.  Phi Phi Ley has several beautiful bays : Pileh, Maya and Loh Samah ; Ao Pileh is very nearly enclosed by the limestone walls of the island's cliffs, so that the water appears almost to be an island sea.  On Phi Phi Ley's northeast is the famous Viking Cave; this was renamed by H.M.Rama IX when he visited it in 1972, Tam Pya Nak, from the shape of a particular boulder, which resembles in shape the head of the great serpent of Buddhist legend, the Naga.  It is a place much revered by the local people who come there to collect the swift's nests used to make Bird's Nest Soup, a Chinese delicacy.  On the eastern and southern walls of the cave are colored drawings dating from historic times.  There are pictures of elephants and also of various boats : European, Arab and Chinese sailing ships ; baroques, motorboats, and steamships.  It is theorized that these pirates who paused in their travels from west to east, sheltering in the cave to escape the monsoon winds, transfer cargo, or make repairs.  Travel to the Phi Phi Islands Tour operators in both Phuket and Krabi provide transport and tour packages to this popular destination.  Regular boat service is available form Jao Fah pier in Krabi.

Ko Phai
lies also to the north of Phi Phi Don, not far from Koh Yung.  Sandy beaches are on the north and east sides of the island.  Broad coral reefs stretch away into the south.

Ko Yung   
lies to the north of Phi Phi Don.  There is a rocky beach on the east side, and a smaller strand of sand in a fold of the hill.  Many beautiful and various corals are found there.

Phra Boromathat Chaiya
An ancient pagoda, located in Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya, Amphoe Chaiya, housing Lord Buddha relics. The structure is believed to be constructed during the Sivichaya period over 1,200 years ago.

Chaiya National Museum   
Located at Wat Phra Boromathat Chaiya, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Chaiya. It is a historical and archaeological museum. The first building puts on exhibition stone and bronze sculptures discovered in the ancient city of Chaiya, for example, sculptures of the God Vishnu and Bohdisattva Avalokitesvara. The second building exhibits artifacts of prehistoric down to historic periods from Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Lop Buri, Sukhothai to Ayutthaya. Art objects and several other crafts are also displayed here. 
Chaiya National Museum is open daily between 09.00-16.00 hrs. except for Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is 10 Baht each.

Suan Mokkha Phalaram
This is otherwise known as Wat Than Nam Lai (Monastery of Flowing Water), a monastic community located in a beautiful and peaceful natural park where Buddhists go for meditation practice. There are several teaching pavilions which many paintings and poems illustrating moral teachings known in Thai as "Entertainment Houses for the Soul".

Khao Thaphet Wildlife and Nature Education Station
Located some 6 kms. from town along the Surat - Nasan Road, highway no. 4009 and covers 1,162 acres. The station houses many caged wild animals. The hilltop, some 210 meters above sea level, offers panoramic views of Ban Don municipality, the Tapi River and Ban Don Bay. On Khao Thaphet is also located the stupa named Phra That Si Surat or locally known as Phra That Khao Thaphet which houses Buddha relics donated by the Indian government some 30 years ago.

Oyster Farms   
Are found around the estuarine areas of the Kradae and Tha Thong Rivers, in Amphoe Kanchanadit. Oyster Bred there are substantially larger than those found elsewhere. To visit the farms is by hiring boats from Tha Thong quayside for some 30 minutes.

Moo Ban Phumriang
Some 6 kilometers east of Chaiya, is an arts and crafts center well known for its gold and silver brocade silk cloth and jute headwear.

Monkey Schools
The schools where monkeys are trained to pick coconuts, there are 2 places: one is located in Amphoe Kanchanadit, some 13 kms. from Surat Thani along Highway No. 401 and another one is at Ban Khlong Sai, Amphoe Tha Chang, some 35 kms. along Highway No. 41. Visitors are advised to check with local travel agents for full details.

o Sok National Park   
It is located on km.109 from Surat township area on Highway No. 401. A verdant forest-covered hill national park, with an area of some 161,000 acres. Many kinds of rare wildlife are still to be found. With an atmosphere of peacefulness and restfulness, one can trek along the trails made to the adventure. Accommodations in the park can be available through the reservation section, Forestry Department, Tel. (662) 579-0529, 579-4842. Besides, near the area of the park there are private-run bungalows available for the tourist.

Tai Rom Yen National Park
Covers the area of 133,125 rai of Khlong Nam Thao Forest Reserve in Amphoe Ban Na San and Amphoe Wiang Sa. A mountain within the park known as Khao Chong Chang once used to be the base of the Communist Party of Thailand. There are several scenic tourist spots such as Nam Tok Dat Fa, Nam Tok Muang Thuat in Amphoe Ban Na San and Nam Tok Than Thip in Amphoe Wiang Sa. Visitors wishing to stay overnight here are requested to bring along their camping accessories. For more details please contact National Parks Division, Royal Forestry Department, Tel. (662) 579-4842, 579-0529.

Nam Tok Wiphawadi or Nam Tok Ban Nai
Though of the same name as the one within Khlong Yan Wildlife Sanctuary, this one is located in Amphoe Don Sak on the roadside of the Highway 401 between KM. 60-61, about 38 kilometers from town. Though a small waterfall, it is always crowded on holidays.

Ratchprapha or Chieo Lan Dam   
It is located on Km. 52-53 Highway No. 401 and turn right for another 12 kms. The scenery around the dam area is very beautiful. Accommodations are available from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, Tel. (662) 436-3179 or (6677) 311-364, 311-522.

Khlong Yan Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated in King Amphoe Wiphawadi, 45 kilometers along the Highway 41 with a 26-kilometers left turn to King Amphoe Wiphawadi. Further on for about 10 kilometers, then turn right for another 8 kilometers, one will get to the sanctuary. Major attraction here is the beautiful waterfall "Nam Tok Wiphawadi". Accommodation is available. Reservation should be made to Chief of Khlong Ya Wildlife Sanctuary at Moo 8, Tambon Takut Tai, King Amphoe Wiphawadi, Surat Thani 84180.


Koh Samui   
 It is Surat Thani's major tourist attraction. The island has numerous lovely beaches and bays. It is almost literally an island of coconuts and forested hills, and is fast be coming a resort of international stature. Samui's best beaches line the northern and eastern coasts, the most popular being Chaweng and Lamai where, generally, the most attractive accommodation is found.

Besides beaches, other island attractions include the Hin Lat and Na Muang waterfalls the phallic rock formations at the southern end of Lamai Bay; a massive seated Buddha image of Fan isle and Na Thon, the island's major seafront settlement where shops, restaurants, tour agencies and hotels are located.

Mu Koh Angthong National Park
It comprises some 40 islands northwest of Koh Samui and covers some 250 square kilometers. Major park islands  largely towering, verdant rock masses encircled by clear seas, include Mae Koh which has a beautiful beach and an emerald saltwater lake called Thale Nai; Wua Talap, site of park headquarters where accommodation is available for visitors wishing to prolong their stays; Sam Sai with an exciting coral reef and huge rock arch, and Phai-Luak. Prior reservation is needed by calling 57900529, 579-4842.

Koh Tae Nai
It is a small island not too far to be reached from Koh Phangan, is increasingly popular to the tourists from its natural beauties. High jungle-covered hill, long stretch golden sand beach, thriving coral reefs surrounded by fish of all sizes and colors etc. are some of its major attractions. Accommodations in the form of bungalows are also provided on the island. Transportation is available by mean of passenger boat or cargo boat which leave from Surat Thani via Samui.

Koh Phangan   
The large island 60 minutes directly north of Koh Samui, has the lovely waterfall; Nam Tok Than Sadet, Nam Tok Phaeng Forest Park and an extensive coral reef. Accommodation is available here as well.

Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan
These 2 small rocky islands are administratively under Amphoe Koh Phangan and located at the direction northwest of Koh Phangan. Unspoiled and undisturbed lately by tourists, the islands earn its reputations for underwater resources, unique beautiful bays and coves and coral garden under the crystal sea which give the good promising outlook for sea sport activities. Accommodations in the form of huts and bungalows are provided on these two islands. To reach Koh Tao economically is by boat that leaves from Surat Thani and Koh Phangan. Boats are also available for Koh Tao from Tha Yang Pier, Chumphon. And to reach Koh Nang Yuan, boats are available from Koh Tao.

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Sri Phang-Nga National Park
 lies in the districts of Kuraburi and Takua Pa, about 100 kms.  from Phang-Nga Town.  The National park is virtually all virgin forest, filled with wild animals, and is a great place to camp, to hike, and to botanies.  Among the many waterfalls in Sri Phang-Nga: 

Travel to the Sri Phang-Nga
from Takua Pa Town on the Petch Kasem Highway north toward Ranong about 26 kms.  At km. 756 turn right and go on another 5 kms. to the Park. 

Nam Tok Tam Nang
is about 4.5 kms from the National Park Office down a road, then on foot another 500 meters.

Nam Tok Tone Sai
lies down a road that splits off on the right near the entrance booth from the road leading into the Park.  It takes about 15 minutes to reach on foot. 

Nam Tok Tone Ton Teui
and a smaller called Tone Ton Teui Noy lie about 3 hours distant from the Park Office. 

Ko Pra Tong  
This is a large island that forms part of a spectacular natural harbor in Kuraburi District.  Though the island is inhabited, the forests and other aspects of nature remain largely pristine. Many difficult to find animals are in the forests; there are fine, large freshwater pools, and perfect beaches. 

Visitors to the island 
can take a regularly scheduled boat from the pier at Kuraburi; travel time is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Accommodations of various levels are available on the island.

Thai Muang is a fair sized town and varying levels of accommodation are available.

Khao Lamphi - Hat Thai Muang National Park
was declared a national park on April 14, 1986 and covers a total area of 45,000 rai. Thai Muang is a phrase indicating the end of the mining district, and indeed this area was formerly, from ancient time to modern, one of the great repositories of in the world.  Mining has ceased, and little trace remains to the untrained eyes except in the name.

Sites of interest within the National Park.
Nam Tok Lampi
is in Moo 6 of Tambon Thai Muang off Petch Kasem Rd. (Route 4) near km 32-33.  A gravel road intersection is there.  Turn left and go about 1.5 kms.  The waterfall is medium sized and divided into three levels, each about 100 meters high.  It flows year round. 

Nam Tok Tone Prai  
is a large waterfall with water flowing year round. At km. 28-29 of Petch Kasem Rd. is a gravel side road intersection. Turn left and go for 7 kms; park your vehicle.  Then continue on foot another kilometer.  The hike to the falls is most enjoyable during dry season.

Hat Thai Muang
 is a spectacular stretch of sand, 13 kms. long with clear water and an adjacent golf course, Phang-nga's first.  At the Suka Peeban Thai Muang , turn right and about 1.5 kms on the asphalt road leading to the beach. At the beach, follow the road for another 5 kilometers.  The beach is clean and swimming is excellent.  From November to February, sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach.  As a result, local inhabitants customarily go view the turtles on moonlit nights.

Ban Bor Dan Hot Springs
The waters here are heavy with sodium, calcium, iodine chloride and other minerals good for relief of arthritis, beriberi, mental and physical stress they even make skin fresher and hair healthier.  Open for bathing and soaking daily; the service costs just 10 baht.  Located in Tambon Na Toey on the Andaman Coast : from Phuket go north through the Koke Kloy intersection in Phang-nga Province (do not turn right at the intersection) and proceed to approximately kilometer stone 6.  Look for a road running beside Ban Bor Dan School, and proceed down it for about 3 kms.

Conservation Center of the Princess Chulabhorn Undersea Park Project
created to spread knowledge of the undersea environment and its resources.  The two-storey building has rooms displaying the work of the Chulaborn Research Institute's royal chairman, a meeting room, a dining room, a performance sala, and an exhibition hall.  The exhibition hall has 4 rooms detailing the Chulabhorn Projects origins, the importance of undersea resources and environment, new ideas in undersea eco-tourism, and an exhibit of artworks focusing on undersea world themes.  The featured exhibit of artworks focusing on undersea world themes.  The featured exhibition in the large hall is entitled Progress in Tourism Through Circulation of Information and Knowledge.  Located at Tap Lamu Naval Base.

Royal Navy's Third Fleet Sea Turtle Nursery  
is at the naval base at Tap Lamu.  Infant turtles from various areas on the Andaman seaboard are brought here, nursed along until strong enough to fend for themselves, then released into the sea.  It is the country's most important such nursery on the Andaman coast.

Takua Thung
is an old tin mining district with a history stretching back perhaps a thousand years. In former times it was a landing point for visitors from across the Indian Ocean, and the end of the line for travelers coming across the Kra Peninsula.

Hat Tanoon
From Route 4 take the road leading to Phuket, Route 402, till you reach Pak Pra, the channel separating Phuket from Phang-nga. The beach on the Phang-nga side is called Haht Tanoon. Turtles come yearly to lay their eggs. Dangerous currents in the channel.

Nam Tok Raman  
is 7 kms. down the same road as Wat Suwan Khuha.  It is a medium sized year round waterfall surrounded by tangled forest.

Rat Oupatam Temple (Wat Bang Riang)
Surrounded by thickly forested hills, this temple is noted for its cool, shady environment.  Inside the temple are various important Buddhist artifacts including the Phra Mahathat Chedi Buddha Dhram Banleu on the Mountain's peak.  This is shaped like a bell turned upwards with a base all around.  Located in Tambon Bang Riang off Petch Kasem Rd., on the stretch between Tapput and Panom, 11 km. from the Tapput District office.

Takua Pa Town
has a very long history based on tin mining, and was in former times the most important town on the west coast of Thailand. Accommodations of varying levels are available.

Hat Bang Sak  
is in Tambon Bang Muang. The beach is a long strip of fine white sand shaded by casuarinas trees and there are accommodations available for a stay.  To get there,: take the Petch Kasem Road (Route 4) north toward Takua Pa Town.  At kilometer 76-77 a road leads down to the beach about 1 km. onward.

Khao Lak-Lamroo National Park
covers parts of Thai Muang, Kapong, Takua Pa, and Phang-nga Town (Muang in Thai) districts, and lies about 33 kms. south of Takua Pa Town on Route 4. The chief spot of interest is :

Khao Lak
is a mountain beside the sea with a shrine dedicated to the wizard of the mountain.  Khao Lak Beach is rocky. To get there, turn left (if you are proceeding north from Phuket) at km. 56-57 of Route 4. You will spot the temple just before entering Tai Meuang district.  Accommodation available.

Laem Pakarang (Coral Cape)
The waves have deposited mountains of dead coral on this sandy beach, thus accounting for its name.  Pine trees line the beach; perfect for camping and relaxation.  Located off Petch Kasem Rd. about 5 kms. south of Takuapa on the stretch running between Takuapa and Kao Lak.

Tone Chong Fah Waterfall
A quiet, shady area, with a waterfall and stream that runs year round.  Located not far from the turn-off to Laem Pakarang on the east side of Petch Kasem Rd. about 5 kms. south of Takuapa.

Thap Put   

Nam Tok Tao Thong
Lies in Tambon Bo Saen of Thap Put, about 9 kms.  from the District Office in Thap Put Town. To get there use the same road that leads to Sa Nang Manora Park, the Phang-nga Krabi Rd. (Route 4), but continue towards Krabi until you reach Mu 3 of Tambon Bo Saen. You will find a gravel road intersection where you turn and proceed down the gravel road about 11 kms.

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Adventure Travel: Eco Tours from Krabi
Safaris, elephant trekking

Adventure & nature tours from Krabi operate every day in Khao Sok National Park or beautiful Krabi province. Why not take time out to explore the forest and get close to nature?

 Explore - Krabi by Land Rover - 1 Day
 Jungle Safari - Khao Sok - 1 Day

Explore - Krabi by Land Rover - 1 Day

Krabi province contains superb natural scenery with jungle covered limestone cliffs, and white sandy beaches. Distinct from the rest of Thailand, the local culture has retained many of its traditions and remains largely unaffected by tourism. This tour visits many of the places not in the guide books or on the tourist trails and offers a chance to discover some of the local life and countryside in Krabi province.
Pick up from your hotel by Land Rover. Travel on back roads, passing small villages, oil palm and rubber plantations, before driving off-road along a jungle trail to a small fishing village. Board a local longtail boat for an exploration of the mangroves which have a unique eco-system. Learn how rubber is harvested and produced at rubber plantation and stop at the hot springs which contain crystal clear mineral water. Take a break for picnic lunch in the forest.
In the afternoon, explore a cave complex with rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites and get your camera ready for the scenic views of the surrounding countryside from the top. Visit a village handicraft centre where the locals make products from coconut shells, fish scales and rubber tree leaves. The last stop is at Noppharathara beach for a look at one of Thailand's most beautiful coastlines with its dozens of strange shaped islands.
Adult 1,850 Baht , Children (Under 12) 1,200 Baht

Includes: All hotel transfers, lunch and all activities.
Set departures (Minimum 4 persons.)

Please wear non-slip sports type shoes, bring sun protection or a rain coat depending on the weather. 

Jungle Safari - Khao Sok - 1 Day

What better way to see some of the best scenery in Khao Sok, southern Thailand, than from a canoe?

Go with the flow, passing limestone mountains covered in jungle along the banks of the Sok river. In Khao Sok around 183 bird species have been recorded, including Pheasants and 5 Hornbill species. So keep your eyes open! The tour also includes a short elephant trek and Thai buffet lunch.

Pick up from your hotel in Krabi and travel to Surat Thani province passing oil palm and rubber plantations en route. On arrival at Khao Sok the scenery suddenly changes to dramatic rainforest covered mountains through which the Sok river has carved a wonderful valley that looks like some lost pre-historic world.
Explore the Sok river by inflatable canoe, passing limestone cliffs covered in jungle along the banks of the river. Birds such as Kingfisher, Heron, Egret and even wild monkeys live in this area. (Life jackets are provided.)
Lunch (Thai food - not too spicy!) in the forest. During the afternoon arrive at the elephant camp where information about elephant conservation will be given. Take a short trek and experience that 'jungle' atmosphere sitting high on the back of the elephant. Late afternoon/early evening arrive back at your hotel, having seen some of the best natural scenery in Southern Thailand.


Adult 2,800 Baht, Children (Under 12) 1,800 Baht
Set departures (Minimum 4 persons)

Includes: All hotel transfers, lunch and all activities.

Notes: Please wear non-slip shoes, bring a small bag or pack with a change of clothes in case you get wet.

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Krabi Overview

Krabi has more than its fair share of exotic beaches and islands to keep you busy for days. After you seen a few islands there's are some wonderful places in the interior to explore. Jungle covered limestone mountains hide an interior of caves, mangroves and forest temples, so if you want to explore, there are eco-tours offering local trips every day.

It's a great place for outdoor activities: sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling...... simply goes with the sun, sea and sand. Sea canoeing and kayaking offer great opportunities to get close to the stunning natural environment and provide great opportunities for bird watching.

Nightlife is well.........mellow. No shortage of good eating places including Scandinavian and Italian at Ao Nang beach, and a reasonable choice of restaurants at some of the smaller beaches. Lots of opportunities to sip a cocktail, stop for a coffee, meet new people and watch the sun go down......


Krabi's beaches offer not just the usual mix of sea and sand, but also some stunning backdrops. Some of the beaches are surrounded by huge limestone cliffs, giving the impression of your own private space. The views out on the horizon show a vista of tiny islands in the distance, which make for great day trips and good shallow water snorkelling. Many of Krabi’s beaches are accessible only by boat which helps to retain their unspoilt character. This is the place to simply get on a boat and wander from one perfect beach to the next…


Over 200 islands lie around the coastal waters off Krabi, some of them inhabited, and many belonging to Hat Noppharat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park which also contains the famous Phi Phi islands. Take a boat and explore for the day. These islands offer a host of recreational opportunities including snorkelling, reef diving, rock climbing, and lots of secluded beaches.

National Parks

Krabi has a wealth of National Parks to explore which includes both the islands and coastal area with secluded beaches and picturesque scenery, but also the interior. Jungle covered mountainous crags and winding valleys offer great sightseeing and trekking. Take a look at attractions.

Temples and Unusual Stuff

Krabi has pre-historic cave paintings, hot springs, and even a "Shell cemetery" Wat Tham Seua, the Tiger Cave Temple, built into a long shallow limestone cave, and shaded outside by natural forest, is one of the many unusual attractions to be found. Many other caves can be found in the mountains that surround the monastery. The area has been the site of archeological findings including stone tools, pottery shards, and unfired clay holy images, dating from prehistoric into historic times. The temple also runs a meditation centre.

Krabi Sports & Recreation

Being in Krabi is like being in a huge adventure playground. Not only is there a good range of outdoor activities, but also ample opportunity for first timers to learn adventure sports like diving, or rock climbing with skilled professionals. For details see below. 

Sea Canoeing/Kayaking

Sea canoeing and kayaking offer a great opportunity to get close to the stunning natural environment. You can explore the fascinating world of caves and tunnels in the evocative limestone scenery of Krabi province. Day trips along the coast and into the world of mangroves, or through the interior of Khao Sok National Park are available. You may catch sight of crab-eating macaques, otters, cobras, monitor lizards, and possibly, the magnificent Hornbill on these eco-friendly tours.

Boating / Yachting

Explore and discover some of the hidden secrets of this area by chartering a boat to cruise around the islands. The water clarity is near crystal around the islands off Krabi and the Phi Phi Islands are a must-see port of call. Anchorages here are plentiful, usually deserted and always beautiful. Even in the southwest monsoon season the calm, protected waters in fascinating Phang Nga Bay provide the ultimate in boating enjoyment, even for the least experienced of sailors. There are many charter sailing boats available and some even offer "join-in" day trips for two or more people. 

Diving and Snorkelling

Krabi's islands provide good offshore snorkelling in the Ao Nang Bay area. Dive trips also go to the Phi Phi islands and Shark Point marine Sanctuary. PADI courses are available at dive shops in Ao Nang.


Expeditions to catch marlin, sailfish barracuda and tuna are easily arranged from this area and nearby Phuket. Detailed information is currently being compiled.

Rock Climbing  

Over 150 odd routes have been developed since the late 1980's when Krabi first witnessed the sight of people scaling it's craggy mountains. Routes include high quality limestone, steep, pocketed walls, overhangs and hanging stalactites, with some accessed by boat belay, others involving jungle walk approaches or abseils into the sea.

Equipment and introductory courses are available on Phra Nang beach, close to Rai ley.


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Hotel Resort in Krabi, Krabi  Ao Nang Thailand, offering Family Vacations Packages  


Krabi and Ao Nang , Land of ancient Thai Ethnics and exotic Siam landscapes, are currently the most required, appreciated and equipped tourist destination of Far East, able to offer all kinds of Hotels Resorts and vacations. 
 Our Hotel Resort offer you holiday packages able to let you live magic emotions, they will vitiate you with the ancestral culture and with the kind smile of the Thai people.

Enjoy cheap vacations in Ao Nang and Krabi,  fragrant tourist centres leaned out on the Andaman Sea just 25 Km. far from the Krabi International Airport, definitely affirmed as the new tourist destination of Southern Thailand, where you can get cheap holidays by our Vacation Packages .

The strategic position of our Resort in Ao Nang allows to reach very easily sites of strong tourist interest by our Family Vacations Packages as : 

* the fabulous 150 islands raised on the sea, hemmed by caves and candid beaches, coral reefs and a luxuriant sea fauna. The most famous are Railey Beach (heaven of the Free Climbers), Hong Island ("the island of the rooms" for the surreal bays) and the cinematographic  James Bond Island ("007-The man of the golden gun"), the sand strip connecting Chicken Island and Tab Island ("Pirates! ") and the Phi Phi Islands (“The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio). In our garden there are three of the famous and  controversial  palm trees, used on the film  set in   Ko Phi Phi island.

* the ancient temples and stately Buddha, between fizzy falls and sources, hidden in an uncontaminated tropical jungle where is still possible to see the tiger, free and protected in the National Parks.

* the Royal Palace, sea residence of the Queen of Thailand, at 3 Km from Ao Nang, leaned out above the sea.

* the shopping in the picturesque markets that offer the most various local handicraft products, and in the many restaurants and cafe on the beach, first at all our Frittomisto Restaurant, to taste fabulous cocktails and typical exotic dishes, admiring unforgettable and purple sunsets

Krabi Hotel Resort    Info -  FAQ

- Where could I make my Reservation Booking ?
- Where is the Resort Hotel situated ?
- What could I do to carry on my payment ?
- Which kind of discount price - rates the resort hotel offers ?
- How about the Hotel resort Rooms level ?

* You could book and reserve your vacation here
* The hotel Emerald Garden Resort is in Krabi, Thailand, - 90 Moo3.
* You could pay by Credit Card in htpps (SSL. Firewall) or by bank transfer  here
* The hotel offer many kind of
last minute rates: in some case we offer cheap package including fly (from Italy ) You could find them here
* The resort level is 3 star; our Rooms are all with A/C, hot water, telephone, fridge-minibar, TV-Sat and Safety box.  The hotel has 4 kind of Rooms: Economy Room, Standard Room, Superior Room and Suite-Family Room. You could take a look here.

Emerald Garden Resort is a new hotel  located in a hilly,  panoramic and quite area, just 600 m. far from the sultry waterfront with noisy Long Tail Boats and motorbikes, ideal for people looking for a vacation in a green relaxing oasis without giving up the best comforts, the right place where enjoy an holiday with a quality/price relation at the top of the market of Krabi Ao Nang Resort.

Emerald Garden Resort is composed of twenty Cottages built in an enchanting tropical garden far just 600 m. from the sea and from Ao Nang centre, attainable during the day by our free shuttle service. This is Krabi National park area, so there is no kind of sun umbrella or deck chairs either on the beach.

Masonry cottages Hotel standing in a 15.500 sqm palm forest; a total of 66 housing with portico or balcony, all equipped with the best comforts for Family Vacations: Air conditioned, satellite TV, telephone, safety box, fridge – minibar and hot water.

Family Vacations Packages:
We offer and organize many kind of Family Vacations Packages, for all the wonderful islands and the tropical rain forest.

Our two swimming pools Jacuzzi, our Gym corner, our Massage hut, our two bar and our Frittomisto Restaurant will let you enjoy in fully your holiday in Krabi, Ao Nang.

Emerald Garden Resort is WWF Member, Unicef Supporter and Unesco Friend; booking   holidays or vacations in our Resort you support directly the activity of these very important Organizations. 

For the lovers of diving,  our diving center, organize courses and immersions for every level, day and night, during your vacations in our Resort directly.

Emerald Garden Resort.  3 star holidays Hotel 20 km from Krabi  airport; Vacations Resort offering Family vacations packages .



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  Emerald Garden Resort. 90 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand
Tel. +66.75.637692 - Fax. +66.75.637691




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