Khao Sam Roi Yod natural park
Located on the coast of Prachuab Khiri Khan Province, it is the first marine national park of Thailand. Khao Sam Roi Yod means “The mountain with three hundred peaks” and refers to a series of limestone hills along the Gulf of Thailand with highest one at 605m above the sea level. The northwest corner of the mountain range is called Thung Sam Roi Yod and is mainly freshwater marsh covering nearly 37% of the national park which makes it the largest wetlands area in Thailand.
The main attractions of the national park are Phraya Nakhon Cave with it’s iconic royal pavilion and huge chambers, Kaeo Cave and Thoong Sam Roi Yod Freshwater Marsh. The park is also an attractive destination for it’s rich wildlife in mangrove forests, beautiful beaches, limestone islands, trails and view points. It is easily accessible, only 60 km south from Hua Hin and nearly 3 hours from Bangkok.
Khao Sam Roi Yod is home to a great diversity of bird species making it another great destination for birders with estimated around 300 species, half of them migratory birds. It is one of the best places in Thailand to see waterbirds on the flight path between Asia and Australia around 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.