Tourist Parks & Camping Holidays
Camping was a popular activity among Thai school students as well as foreign backpackers to Thailand long before the buzz word'ecotourism' came into existence. The best places for camping in Thailand are in the national parks. Almost all of the 76 national parks have at least one camping site. Notable exceptions are Doi Suthep/Doi Pui in Chiang Mai, Hat Jao Mai in Trang, Nam Tok Pliew in Chanthaburi, and Thap Lan in Prachinburi, where camping is not permitted. Some parks have tents for rent for just five to ten baht per person per night. You may have to bring your own tent along to many other parks.

It's a good idea to take your own sleeping bag or mat and other basic camping gear. You should also take a torch, rain gear, insect repellent, a water container and a small medical kit for your own convenience and safety.

For more information about national parks all over Thailand, contact the Royal Forestry Department, National Park Division, Phahonyothin Road, Bang Khen, Bangkok 10900
Tel 561-4292-3 ext 724, 725

Chiang Dao national Park
Chiangmai is the centre of the northern Thailand, 700 km north of Bangkok. It is one of the world's best-known tourist places, thanks to its tourist attractions of culture, tradition, and beautiful nature.

Chiangmai's fantastic scenery is formed by the mountainous landscape and the cold weather especially in winter. Well, one of interesting national parks situated in Chiangmai is Chiang Dao. Normally, whenever tourists or locals think about the park, Chiang Dao caves are always illuminated in their minds. In fact, the caves are located 72 kilometres north of Chiangmai city.

The complexity of the caves is thought to extend for about 10-14 kilometres into Doi Chiang Dao. Moreover, at the summit of Doi Chiang Dao, there are unforgettably magnificent views, which always attract worldwide tourists. Back to Chiang Dao National Park, its approximate area is 722,075 rai or 1,155 square kilometer. Its end north area is as far as Muang Na sub district, Chiang Dao district, Chiangmai adjoining with Burma. Its end south area covers Doi Chiang Dao Wild Animal Conservation Area, Muang Na sub district, Chiang Dao district, Chiangmai. Its end east area is as far as Sri Lanna National Park, Ping Klorng sub district, Chiang Dao district, Chiangmai. Lastly, its end west area is closed to Houy Nam Daing National Park, Muang Ngae sub district, Weng Ngae district, Chiangmai.

How to get there
Drive from Chiangmai city to Chiang Dao district (79 kilometres), then head further to the Office of Chiang Dao National Park for another 24 kilometres.

There is the Tourist Service Centre at the park servicing you with information about the national park, the nature conservation and the forest trekking by knowledgeable officers. Where to stay? There are a couple of renting houses with the capacity of 12 persons and a tenting ground with the capacity of 200 persons. If interested, please contact the Office of Chiang Dao National Park, Ban Na Ngai, Muang Na subdistrict, Chiang Dao district, Chiangmai, 50170. Otherwise, you may contact the Accommodation Service, National Park Section, the Office of Nature Conservation, the Forestry Department, Tel: (02) 579-7223, (02) 579-5734, (02) 561-4292 extension 724 or 725.

Mae Ngaw National Park
By all accounts, the best period to make a trip to Mae Hong Son is during the cool misty period, which is from around November to January, when the fascinating yellow flower or in the other word Buatong beautifully blooms and offers tourists with the sight of a fantastic colourful carpet spread over the hillsides for miles after miles.

This is the reason behind why I shall name Mae Hong Son as the land of Buatong carpet and mist. Well, for those vacationers who are infatuated with the beauty of nature, Mae Hong Son undoubtedly must be one of your travelling destination plans. Basically, Mae Hong Son captures several natural attractions like Tampla-Namtok Paseau National Park, Namtok Mae Surin National Park, Sarawin National Park, Mae Ngaw National Park, and so on. On this trip to Mae Hing Son, I’d like to recommend you guys one of enticing natures, Mae Ngaw National Park. The area of 257,650 rai or 412.24 square kilometre of Mae Ngaw National Park travels over 3 provinces; Mae Hong Son, Tak, and Chiangmai. Its northern contour line covers Nam Mae Rid, Mae Sod sub district, Sob Moui district, Mae Hong Son. It southern contour line covers Nam Mae Kong, Mae Wa Luang subdistrict, Ta Song Yang district, Tak. Its eastern contour line is at Om Koi National Conservative Forest, Om Koi district, Chiangmai. And its western contour line is at Nam Mae Yolm, Mae Sod sub district, Sob Moi district, Mae Hong Son.

How to get there
From Mae Hong Son city to Sob Moi district, it takes 230 kilometres. And another 20 kilometres is from Sob Moi district to the Office of Mae Ngaw National Park.

At the Tourist Service Centre, many knowledgeable officers will kindly provide you the park information, nature conservation, and forest trekking routes. There is a vast campground with the capacity of 500 persons, so you can set up your own tents and stay over. Interested or need more details? Please contact the Office of Mae Ngaw National Park, P.O. Box 37 Por Tor Jor Mae Sa Reang, Mae Hong Son, 58110. Otherwise, please contact the Accommodation Service, National Park Division, Natural Resources Conservation Office, Royal Forest Department, Bangkok, Tel:(662) 579-7223, 579-5734, 561-4292-4 extension 724, 725.


Doi Khuntan National Park
Located 26 kilometres south of Chiang Mai, Lamphun, formerly known as Haripunchai, is the oldest province in the north of Thailand having been established for more than 1,400 years. Covering an area of about 4,500 square kilometres, Lumphun is divided into seven districts: Muang, Pa Sang, Ban Hong, Mae Tha, Li, Thung Hua Chang, and Ban Thi. If you are looking for a short break away from Chiang Mai, you should reserve a page in your travel diary for Lamphun. Its attractions include ancient ruins, forests, mountains, lakes, and the area is famous for being a major producer of the langan fruit.

One of the must-visits on anyone's list is Doi Khuntan National Park. Surrounded by the mountains that characterise northern Thailand, the park provides a habitat for a variety of flora and fauna as well as many historically important sites. Covering 255 square kilometres, Doi Khuntan National Park includes verdant forests in Mae Ta, Lamphun and Hangchat districts. However, its most famous feature is the longest railway tunnel in Thailand, a masterpiece of German engineering and 1,350 feet long.
How to get there
To travel to Doi Khuntan National Park, take a northern train, get off at Khuntan railway station, and walk for around 1,300 meters. Here you will find the park headquarters.