Khao Sam Roi Yod natural park
Located on the coast of Prachuab Khiri Khan province, Khao Sam Roi Yod is the first marine national part of Thailand. With a name that translates to “the mountain with three hundred peaks”, the area features a series of limestone hills along the Gulf of Thailand with the highest one reaching 605m above sea level. The northwest corner of the mountain range is called Thung Sam Roi Yod and contains mainly freshwater marsh overing nearly 37% of the national park, making it the largest wetlands area in Thailand.
The Phraya Nakhon Cave serves as one of the main attractions of the national park, thanks to its iconic royal pavilion and huge chambers – the Kaeo Cave and Thoong Sam Roi Yod Freshwater Marsh. The area is also home to exotic wildlife across the stretch of mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, limestone islands, trails and viewpoints. With it being only 60km south of Hua hin and a 3-hour drive from Bangkok, this beautiful gem is easily accessible for a relaxing getaway from the hustle of the city.
Bird lovers will no doubt enjoy exploring the area, thanks to it being home to an estimated 300 species of birds. It is also one of the best places in Thailand to catch waterbirds on their flight path between Asia and Australia during their migration period in January/February. Purple swamphen, Malayan plover, Kentish plover, white-bellied sea eagle, greater spotted eagle, oriental hobby, eastern marsh harrier, spoon-billed sandpiper are few of the birds common in the park.