Established in 1966, Khao Sam Roi Yot is Thailand’s first national marine park.
Meaning 300 mountain peaks in English, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park derives its name from the jagged limestone mountain that dominates the area’s landscape. The nearly 40 square mile national park’s pristine beaches, mangrove swamps, and pineapple plantations make its boundaries a must-see on Thailand luxury tour itineraries.
A highly diverse ecological zone, the park is home to 300 species of birds and a host of other plant and animal life.
Tham Phraya Nakhon is one of the park’s most visited areas. Beneath a sinkhole that fully collapsed centuries ago leaving open air above the stone floor, this cave features a royal pavilion built by King Rama V in 1890 that rests in a natural garden-like enclosure often bathed strikingly in golden sunlight.
The best time to visit is during the cooler months from February to June, but travelers on luxury tours of Thailand find the area surprisingly dry during the July and August monsoons.
About an hour’s drive south from Hua Hin, Khao Sam Roi Yot is best accessed by private car.
Splendid beaches, unique geology, and diverse wildlife draw travelers from across the globe to enjoy one of Thailand’s best known national parks.
Appropriate Attire :
Dress for a hike, and possibly a swim, if your itinerary brings you to the park.