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Wildlife – Thailand
Diversity is truly the spice of life in Thailand and the natural beauty of the country is not limited to beaches and islands. Hills, forests, rivers and waterfalls are all features in charming landscapes which present stimulating contrasts to both the city and the beach resort. The natural splendor of this exotic country gets doubled up with its wild species. It comprises an impressive range of wild species which attract travelers from all over the world. Most prominent among visitors is the hill country of the North which is a region of teak forests. The forest is covered with exciting secret little valleys which apart from the breathtaking landscape comprise the colorful hill tribes, semi-nomadic people who lead independent lifestyles with other wild fauna species.
Wild and remote though some parts of the North are, you’ll find an east path into this charming region, Chianf Mai, Thailand’s second city, lies in the heart of the area and provides the perfect base to explore the surrounding countryside. The vicinity is replete with amazing avifauna species. Apart from this, the rainforests affirms to be an abode to many bird and mammal species: elephants, tigers, 13 species of primates and 900 species of birds. It proves to be the best place to find Thailand’s wildlife expertise.
Wildlife enthusiasts can take pleasure in Thailand’s national parks where flora and fauna are preserved. These are found in all regions of the country and encompass various habitats. Best known is perhaps Khao Yai national Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located northeast of Bangkok, which covers 542,000 acres of forest, jungle, and grassland spread over rolling hills. It is an area of magnificent natural beauty. The species which are preserved and protected within its periphery are bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys, deer and many species of birds and butterflies.
Other famous national parks are found in the North-east and in the South like Kaeng Krachan, Pa La-U, Sam Roi Yot, Doi Inthanon and Khao Yai. Each of these parks proves to be a haven for some of the most diverse and fascinating wildlife on earth. The fauna species here would include elephants, gaurs, tigers, gibbons, langurs, macaques, barking deer, flying foxes and avifauna species such as hornbills and Indian rollers. However, amongst others national parks, there is the excellent marine national park of Tarutao, a group of protected islands in the Andaman Sea. Do not forget to experience baby tiger cubs and bathing elephants in the tiger sanctuary and elephant camp.