Sam Roi Yod National Park
Decreed as Thailand’s fourth national park and first marine park in June 1966, this stunning coastal park is known as the ‘mountain of 300 peaks’. 63 kilometres south of Hua Hin, the park covers an area of approximately 98 square kilometers. Visitors can admire a mixture of wooded limestone hills, caves, small beaches and extensive wetlands that are home to hundreds of species of local and migrating birds.
Popular sites for visitors to the park include the iconic Tham Phraya Nakhon Cave, which houses a four-gabled pavilion, the symbol of Prachuab Khirikan province, the ‘Lotus Swamp’ where a web of wooden bridges allows you to gaze out across a sea of pink and white lotus blossoms, and Sam Roi Yod beach,
which retains a charming, peaceful ambience, perfect for swimming and sunbathing away from the crowds.
The peak of Khao Daeng can be reached on foot in 30 minutes, and is a perfect spot for watching the sunrise, while observing the whole of the national park, below.
The park office at Ban Khao Daeng (032 603 571) offers helpful advice and can organize tour guides for soft adventure activities such as birdwatching, hiking and boat trips.