Explore Phuket's last remaining virgin forest on an elephant safari through tropical evergreen forest, hike paved trails to see waterfalls and watch playful monkeys at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre.
Khao Pra Taew National Park covers 2250ha and is the natural habitat of monkeys, mouse deer, civets, flying foxes, lemurs, cobras and wild boar as well as some wild and semi-wild gibbons. At 442m, Khao Phra is the park’s highest peak.
Birdlife to see includes Asian Fairy-bluebird, Green Leafbird, Red-Billed Malkoha, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and Brahminy Kite.
Check out playful monkeys at the Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre where abused ‘bar’ monkeys are cared for by volunteers in more natural surroundings before being released into the wild.
The centre sits near the parking lot at the Bang Pae entrance to the park.
Hike through lush forest to Bang Pae Falls. The 16m-high waterfall is the largest in the park and plunges into a stream that flows through rock pools where you can cool off with a swim.
Alternatively, join a guided 6km hike from Ton Sai Falls to Bang Pae Falls.
Khao Phra Taew National Park has separate entrances at the east and west sides of the reserve. The east side is home to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre (photo) and Bang Pae waterfall, while the west side is the park’s headquarters and closest to Ton Sai waterfall and Plam Lang Khao (Kerriodoxa) – the world's most endangered palm species.
Guides gather at Ton Sai (the park’s HQ) in the morning; expect to pay about 1000B for the day. This is probably the best way to experience the park. There‘s a choice of short and long trails through the reserve.
Both park entrances have bathrooms, parking lots and food stalls.
Khao Phra Taew National Park is located in the north of Phuket.
Location: Ton Sai entrance is 16km from Phuket Town, and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre is 10km
Phone: Park HQ 07631-1998; Gibbon Centre 07626-0492
Admission: Park – 200 Baht (Thais - 20 Baht); Gibbon Centre – Free
Hours: Daily 9am-4pm, last tour 3:15pm
Latest update: Khao Pra Taew National Park: 22 April, 2022