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Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary includes a massive area of pristine forest along the hills dividing Thailand and Myanmar. The habitat varies between tropical rain forest, dry evergreen, hill evergreen, and mixed deciduous, creating the right conditions for a wide variety of different animal species including elephants, tigers, leopards and panthers. Current records count 95 species of mammals, 386 birds, 84 reptiles, 34 amphibians, and 77 freshwater fish. Two rare animals facing extinction which are found in this sanctuary are wild water buffaloes and Thai peacocks.


Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary

The main feature of this sanctuary is the large expanse of savannah or open grassland dotted with palm trees such as Cycads and Phoenix palms. This environment has plentiful food supplies for wild animals. Traces have been found of hog deer, tapirs, mountain goats, wild water buffaloes and many others. Situated at the end of the Thanonthongchai Mountain range, Kanchanaburi province and also some parts are in Umphang, Tak province, the Sanctuary is the source of the Kwai Yai and Kwai Noi rivers.


Khao Son-Khao Sanam Phriang Wildlife Sanctuary

This limestone mountain rears up some 870 meters above sea level. On the flat table-top are pine forests which are normally rare in this central region. The sanctuary is located in tambon Kosamphi of Kamphaeng Phet province.

Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary

 Doi Chiang Dao is a massive horseshoe-shaped mountain zone including Thailand¹s third-highest peak at 2,225 meters. The limestone formation is too porous to hold rainwater, but serves as the perfect habitat for several types of birds, butterflies and Alpine plants. The views are magnificent. Doi Chiang Dao lies around 60 kms north of Chiang Mai.

Doi Mon Chong Wildlife Sanctuary

Doi Mon Chong in Omkoi district of Chiang Mai is covered with rich virgin forests and rare flora with scenic views. It is also the habitat of the protected mountain goats of the type found only in the Maekhong basin.

Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary occupies a huge tract of forest in Umphang district of Tak. It forms part of the western forests which is one of the largest zones of unspoilt forest in Southeast Asia. Flora include tropical fig trees and wild strawberries, while fauna include moorhens, rails and lesser whistling ducks. The highlight of the park is the stunning Thi Loh Su waterfall, the tallest and possibly the most picturesque in the kingdom.

Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary

The Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary in Mae Hong Son province is a dramatic limestone mountainous landscape which is home to many species including boars, bears and antelopes. There are also many fascinating caves and caverns including Tham Mae Lana which is home to a variety of fish which have adapted to living in dark caves by becoming both blind and colorless.

Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary

Khao Soi Dao is the highest peak in the Eastern region at 1,675 meters. From this peak run many streams and rivers which create the perfect habitats for birds and butterflies. The views are superb and, the Khao Soi Dao waterfall is a major attraction. The sanctuary is situated in Pong Nam Ron district of Chanthaburi

Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Chaiyaphum province, this sanctuary is the center for the preservation of wild animals such as peacocks, common barking deer and mouse deer. Mon Lake, surrounded by hilly landscapes and forests, is home to many varieties of bird including rare oriental darters.

Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary

Phu Luang is a table-top mountain in Loei province covered with variegated woodland which is famous for the variety of its wild flowers, particularly wild orchids. Over 160 species of wild orchid have been found, including the popular lady's slipper orchids, and many types which are exceptionally rare. The sanctuary also boasts rhododendrons, white heather, magenta balsams and blue gentians. Views from the cliffs fringing the plateau are quite stunning. The best season runs from February to May.

Khao Pra-Bangkhram Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located in the largest and best preserved low plateau forest in the South of Thailand. It is home to many rare and colorful wild birds including the Gurney's pitta which is found only in southern Thailand and Myanmar. The sanctuary is located in parts of Krabi, Trang, and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces.

Khlong Naka Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary, the second largest in Thailand, includes a large area of rain forest on the western slopes of the southern. Several rivers rise in the park and there are many beautiful waterfalls. The high peaks provide wonderful viewpoints. The rain forest is the habitat of numerous plants and rare wild animals. The sanctuary covers over 331,000 rai in Ranong and Surat Thani provinces.

Ton Gha Chang Waterfall Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Songkhla province, this most enchanting waterfall in the south has altogether seven tiers. The highlight is at the third tier, where the water flows in the shape of elephant tusks. The white sand and rocky boulders in the stream provide a habitat for many types of fish and aquatic life.

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