Phuket Island Parks
Phuket Attractions | Phuket natural attractions
Phuket Island is filled with beautiful scenery apart from the white sand beaches. From waterfalls, nature preserves, and sprawling paths to hike and bike on, the interior parts of Phuket Island are just as beautiful as the beaches. The Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is the last untouched rainforest on Phuket Island. There is also the Sirinath National Park to the north that encompasses a few beaches.
On the northern part of Phuket Island, is a beautiful national park that contains the last untouched rainforest on the island. There are walking trials that lead to the Tonsai waterfall and an eight kilometer path that leads from the Bang Pae waterfall to Ton Sai. There are guides available to lead you through the eight kilometer trek or you can explore alone. You will probably no t be able to see all the great wildlife that resides in the park but you will be able to hear many different animal noises. The park also has a small museum and gift shop. Entrance to the Khao Phre Thaeo National Park costs 400 Baht. The entrance is approximately 7 km east of Phuket Island's famous Heroines' Monument.
Also located on Phuket Island within the Khao Phre Thaeo National Park is the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. This sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of the Gibbon, a small primate whose young are commonly taken as pets and then abandoned when they get older. The facility runs on donations and is a stop on your trip to Phuket Island that you won't soon forget.
The Sirinath National Park is a 90 square kilometer park in the North West area of Phuket Island. This park covers the Mai Khao, Nai Thon, and Nai Yang beaches. There are tents and bungalows available for rent that are government run as well as nearby hotels. The Northern end of the park has a mangrove forest and saltwater swamp complete with an 800 meter walkway. The indigenous fauna and animals are explained with various signs throughout the area. The Sirinath National Park is a great place to experience a unique eco system and learn about the indigenous plants and animals. The entrance to the park is at the northern end of Phuket Island just south of the bridge to Phang Nga.
Last Updated: 10 Sep 2010