The incredible beauty of Phuket’s nature has made it a destination for people from all over the world – the scenic flora and fauna absolutely takes your breath away. But, at the same time, the island can feel a little crowded – especially during peak season. The solution? Escape to one of Phuket’s national parks and experience the island as it was before tourists got in on the secret.
Read on for a definitive list of the Phuket parks to try when you come on by.
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
Located on the eastern side of the island, Khao Phra Thaeo National Park is full of picturesque waterfalls and stunning mountain walkways.
A very popular route to explore is the 8-km long hiking trail that takes trekkers from Bang Pae waterfall to Ton Sai. Local tour guides are on hand to help identify the sights and sounds you'll see along the way, and be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife as you make your way through the forest.
Just off the coast of Patong Beach, you’ll find Loma Park, a public space that does a great job of combining beautiful open air scenery with nature.
Having recently been renovated, the park's the perfect choice to enjoy nature first-hand without straying too far from the beaten track. Added bonus: the park's a stones throw from the beach. Whoever said nature loving and sun worshipping couldn't be done in a day was lying...
There are various events held at the park, including the celebration of national holidays and concerts, and it would be hard to find a more perfect place for public gatherings, as Loma Park encompasses everything that’s great about Phuket.
Sirinath National Park
Stretching across 90 square kilometres in northern Phuket, the Sirinath National Park is one of the best representations of the island’s nature you’ll be able to find.
The park houses a huge swamp that's home to plants and animals unique to the island with suspended wooden walkways designed to show off the beauty of the swamp without damaging the park's delicate ecosystem.
You'll also find plenty of information regarding the numerous species of plants and animals that inhabit the park thanks to a dedicated visitors centre and signs throughout.
The park also encompasses three beaches, Nai Yang, Nai Thon and Mai Khao - perfect for finding pristine pockets of sand away from the crowds.
Looking to get the full Sirinath experience? Rent one of the government-run tents or bungalows, or spend the night in one of the resorts close by.