Paddle a kayak among the soaring limestone outcrops that lie scattered along the shoreline, venture inside collapsed caverns, known locally as hongs (rooms) and whitewater raft the fast flowing rapids of the Songpak River.
Take an elephant safari through tropical rainforest looking out for native wildlife, hop on a water taxi and visit neighbouring beaches, or snorkel coral reefs and offshore islets.
Wat Tham Seua
With its stunning location amid limestone cliffs surrounded by a dense tropical forest, Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) is home to one of southern Thailand’s most famous meditation centres and offers spectacular panoramic vistas.
Beyond the main temple buildings lies a small valley. From here, take a few deep breaths and prepare yourself for a challenging 40-minute climb up the steep 1272-step stone stairway to the summit of a 600m-high limestone pinnacle.
You’ll be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views over the rugged Andaman coastline.
Admire the large seated Buddha, a gilded stupa and a small temple built inside a long, shallow limestone cave lined in places by kùtì (meditation cells).
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Hat Nopharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
Stretching along the Krabi coastline and extending into the Andaman Sea, Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park is one of southern Thailand’s largest national parks. It covers an area of 390 square kilometres taking in around 80 offshore islands, including the Phi Phi islands.
Spot wildlife on an elephant safari or explore the park on foot along trails fringing the park’s coastal reaches from both Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara beaches. For panoramic views, climb Khao Hang Nak, the highest elevation at 498m-high.
Along the way, don’t miss the amazing ‘Seashell Cemetery’ at Fossil Shell Beach (or Su-san Hoi). Here you can examine thousands of tiny, perfectly preserved 40-million-year-old fossil shells embedded in great concrete-like slabs that lie along the shoreline.
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Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
Choose from numerous hiking trails to explore this densely forested park packed with picturesque waterfalls and caves.
Check out the large shimmering stalactites and stalagmite formations inside Tham Khao Ping cave and admire the plunging cascades at Namtok Huai Sade, Namtok Klong Hang and the three-tier Namtok Huay Toh waterfall; the latter is just a 350m walk from the park headquarters.
The park is home to abundant wildlife including the Asian tapir, Sumatran serow and the Asiatic black bear, but only the monkeys are commonly seen.
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Khao Phra – Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary (Khao Nor Chuchi)
Explore on foot or by elephant the last region of lowland tropical rainforest left in Thailand, which is all pleasantly bisected with streams and tumbling cascades.
Along the way try to spot some of the more than 300 species of birds that flitter through the trees, including the rare Gurney’s pitta, green broadbill, black-breasted pitta, chestnut-collared kingfishers, black hornbills and crestwood partridges.
Khao Nor Chuchi covers around 30,000 hectares and is one the last places in the world where it’s still possible to see the rare Gurney’s pitta, a colourful ground-living bird.
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27 February, 2017
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