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Sri Phang-Nga National Park | Thailand Tips

One of the best things about being in Phang Nga province in Thailand, apart from the beautiful beaches, is the amount of national parks and wild areas to explore. Out of all of these, Sri Phang Nga National Park was absolutely one of my favorite places to visit, and here’s why:

 

The amazing thing about this park was how many of Thailand’s beautiful butterfly species you can see (we documented over 70 species from our visits). If you’re looking for butterflies, you can start your hunt around the visitors center where the vibrant red blooms of the Jungle Glory (Dok Khem in Thai) attract numerous species.

great orange tip

Great Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe)

 

female great mormon

Female Great Mormon (papilio memnon)

 

The bushes are also home to a few Lizard species, which you can see sunbathing on top of the dense foliage or watching over their territories and performing the occasional territorial head nod.

calotes emma

Forest Lizard (Calotes emma)

 

forest lizard

Forest Lizard (Calotes emma)

 

After checking out the wildlife around the visitor center in Sri Phang Nga National Park, you can head deeper into the park, down the road, through the jungle to the second parking area. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the sign below.

sri phang nga national park

 

Just below the car park, the streams from the park’s two waterfalls meet and the cool clear waters are ideal places for a refreshing dip, and an even better place to get up close with some more wildlife, this time some gargantuan Soro Brook Carp (Neolissochilus soroides).

gargantuan soro brook carp

 

sri phang nga national park

 

For the more adventurous types, bring your swimming goggles or snorkeling mask to get up close and personal with these gentle giants.

refreshing dip thailand

 

After you’ve cooled off, you can follow the well-maintained path (turn left from the sign “Sri Phang Nga National Park”), which is only a short walk to the Towering Tam Nang Waterfall. The waterfall can vary from a gentle flow in the dry season (first photo) to a heavy torrent during the rainy season (second photo).

towering tam nang waterfall                  

 

After the waterfall, you can head back up the path to the car park and maybe stop at one of the small huts or picnic tables for a quick break before you head down the next trail. If you’re lucky, you may be joined by some ‘mud puddling’ butterflies (below) or a gecko or two watching from the rafters.

red helens and great mormons

Blue wings – Great Mormons(Papilio memnon)

Black wings – Red Helens (Papilio helenus)

 

After a quick break, head right from the park sign and you’ll see a path leading through the trees, left of the toilet block.

This path leads you through the jungle to the smaller more peaceful Ton Deng Waterfall. The path is over tree roots and rocks and involves crossing the river twice, something I would not recommend during the height of the rainy season when the waters are flowing fast and high.

The trail is another great opportunity to spot some wildlife and is a popular spot with birders, and there certainly are a lot to see if you look carefully enough. If you are fortunate you might catch a glimpse of the beautiful Malayan Banded Pitta, the “King of the Forest” or a lumbering hornbill passing overhead with their characteristic ‘puffing’ flight like a steam train pulling away from the station.

oriental pied hornbill

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)

 

Personally, I’m not much of a bird spotter, but if you’re lucky you might get to spot some of the more shy species the park has to offer, like these snakes we spotted on the banks of the stream running alongside the path.

If you keep following the path, eventually you’ll reach a flight of stairs that lead down to a clearing where you’ll see the waterfall which, in the dry season, is often not much more than a trickle of water over the rocks.

After you’ve cooled off, it’s time to head back towards the car park, but don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the gibbons and langurs that call this park home. The piercing cries of the Lar Gibbons from high up in the trees is something that I’ll always remember.

If you’re ever in Phang Nga province and you’re looking for a day trip out in the wilds of Thailand, Sri Phang Nga National Park is definitely the place to be.

 

Author and photographer: Nick King

 

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