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
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
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
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
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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