Wandering around Vietnam and Thailand to admire the coolest national parks
When looking into the Southeast Asia country’s list for travelers, it is easy to see that Vietnam and Thailand are the two most outstanding names. With their famous abundance of unique fauna and flora, there’s no surprise that these two countries rival the title of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes in the region. And let’s see what mother nature appeared to affectionately give to them through the sharpness evidence: national parks.
National parks, in general, are the perfect getaway places that will equip you with a whole host of beautiful and unforgettable memories. Furthermore, they also represent a segment of their host country’s ecosystem and natural environment that is to be safeguarded and preserved at all times. Therefore, millions of travelers choose national parks as their must-sees in any Vietnam and Thailand vacation.
And which ones are the coolest choices in Vietnam and Thailand at the moment?
Doi Inthanon National Park
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
To be named after Thailand’s tallest peak which also resides in its vicinity, Doi Inthanon offers visitors a spectacular landscape lying in a 482 square kilometer area. Also to be known as “The Roof of Thailand”, this national park has cool weather, with the average daily temperature around 10-12°C, which is quite rare in a tropical country. Its most famous features include Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Bhumisiri, two breathtaking temples that were built to honor the 60th birthdays of Thailand’s King and Queen respectively. Besides, you will be given the opportunity to admire the beautiful summit, many aqua waterfalls located in the area, and a number of challenging trails for adventure seekers.
Khao Sok National Park
Location: Surat Thani Province, Thailand
Khao Sok is considered as the most popular national park in South Thailand, which originally a rainforest including a great diversity of plants and wildlife. Which makes travelers keep being curious about this destination is that it is regarded as the world’s oldest rainforest, offering a number of rare flora and fauna species. Main attractions of Khao Sok include a number odd waterfalls accessible by hiking through the lush jungle, raft houses spread over Khao Sok lake, mysterious caves, few water streams of which Sok River is the most popular one, and iconic limestone hills. To come here in your Thailand vacation, you can find diverse limestone formations- the arts of nature, having been shaped and matured by natural elements like wind and water over time.
Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park
Location: Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Phong Nha- Ke Bang is not simply a beautiful destination for Vietnam travelers, but actually, an epic place that must be on anyone’s bucket list. The world was formally introduced to the Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park and its surreal caves in 2003 when the area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its impressive limestone cave complex alone is able to catch your soul, not mention to majestic underground rivers, along with some of the world’s most unique forms of flora fauna- including hundreds of different types of birds. Taking a boat ride along the river, you will be pleasantly surprised by the tranquility of a countryside area mixed in with the natural wonder of caves formation.
Cuc Phuong National Park
Location: Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam
Cuc Phuong is the best option for travelers who want to get off the beaten path, and are seeking for more adventurous elements in their Vietnam vacation. This is home to an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and considered as the perfect place for bird watching in this country. Its location (in Ninh Binh province) provides travelers a great chance to bike along the scenic view of limestone mountains and rice paddy fields. If you are looking for some authentic travel experiences in your trip, just you and nature, don’t forget to put Cuc Phuong on the list.