Thailand is home to 35 forests, 89 animal reserves and 79 national parks. All of these are governed by the Royal Forest Department, part of the Thailand Ministry of Agriculture. These spaces were created in order to preserve the natural wealth of the country. Most of the parks are easily accessible by road. It is possible to spend the day there and often even to spend the night. The accommodation is usually cheap. If you are accompanied by a forest ranger, you'll be lucky enough to learn even more about the local fauna and flora. While you're there, it is possible to participate in various activities like certain land sports and elephant rides.
Riding on an elephant's back has become a classic excursion that is especially popular in Phang Nga Bay.© Office National du Tourisme de Thailande
Thanks to the many waterways that cut through Thailand, canyoning enthusiasts have a wide choice of playgrounds.© Office National du Tourisme de Thailande
You can get to Koh Kong island by swimming through a dark tunnel 80m long which opens onto a superb lagoon.© Office National du Tourisme de Thailande
Northern Thailand has a number of hiking trails boasting breathtaking views.© Office National du Tourisme de Thailande
Preserving the natural heritage involves just a few simple steps: don't leave any traces of your visit behind and respect the nature and wildlife around you.© Office National du Tourisme de Thailande