National Parks In Central Thailand
- There are 13 National or Marine National Parks in Central Thailand. For the visitor from Bangkok to the north west in Kanchanaburi Province and beyond are the mountain reserves of the Western Forest Complex. Here Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks are linkled together to offer an excellent selection of natural reserves. To the Southwest by road are Kaeng Krachen National Park for its large selection of birds and mammals (tigers, elephants, bears, etc) and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park on the South West Coast with its internationally important marshlands and some 315 bird species.
To the northeast from Bangkok is the Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest Complex and three National Parks including Khao Yai.
- Southeast of Bangkok (and in East Thailand) are the Marine National Parks, Ko Samet and Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park on the South East Coast.
We list these 13 National Parks alphabetically in the left column and within their respective Provinces as listed in the right column.
The regions comprising Dong Phayayen Khao Yai Forest and Thung Yai and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries are World Heritage Sites as declared by UNESCO.
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The Western Forest Complex
- The Western Forest Complex is one of nine Biodiversity Conservation Landscapes strategized by Asia Deveolment Bank as showen on its map below. The western Forest Complex straddles two countries, Thailand and Myanmar, and in Thailand comprises 19 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. It is a main biodiversity conservation corridor of the region and includes 18,730 square kilometers. It is one of the largest protected territories in South East Asia.
- The geography of the Western Forest Complex ranges from lowlands to high mountains. Because of its large size, it supports a rich large mammal fauna, including tiger, leopard, dhole, clouded leopard, 10 species of primates (all five of the region’s macaques), gaur, banteng, water buffalo, elephant, tapir, and four of Thailand’s five deer species. All together 153 mammal species, 490 bird species, 41 reptiles and 108 species of fish are confirmed in the area.