Hua Hin is probably one of the few remaining seaside resorts unspoiled by major developments. Although the popular Thai tourist destination is undergoing rapid modernization, the local authorities have taken measures to preserve much of the city’s idyllic charm. Its biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The city boasts amazingly tranquil waters that have remained relatively clean given the vast crowds it attracts. With facilities for a myriad of activities including diving and snorkelling, the beaches of Hua Hin are places for adventure and relaxation. However, tourists visiting Hua Hin should consider taking a day off from the beach and heading over to the Kaeng Krachan National Park.
The Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailand’s largest national park. Established in 1981, the park spans almost 3,000 square kilometres and parts of it lie across the Phetchaburi province as well. Most of the park consists of rainforest and the diversity of flora and fauna is sure to delight many nature lovers. This national park is home to deer, tigers, bears and even elephants, so a good camera is a must when visiting here. Even if the animals happen to be shy there are plenty of things to photograph. High levels of rainfall throughout the year ensure that many of the park’s scenic waterfalls, streams and ponds do not go dry.
There are numerous hiking trails, although tourists should consult the officials at the visitor centre first. The Kaeng Krachan dam near the eastern border creates a large lake which is ideal for a little relaxation and one can even take a boat ride around the lake. In addition to this, the national park also contains many interesting caves, waterfalls and hot springs. Opening hours are between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm and the best months to visit are between November and April. It is best for travellers intending on visiting here, to rent out a car.
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