Khao Phra Thaeo National Park
Located in the north of Phuket this park contains the only remaining virgin rainforest on the island. The park conserves a number of species of wild animal: langurs, barking deer, mouse deer, bears, wild boar, monkeys and gibbons. About one hundred species of bird also inhabit the forest vegetation, which consists of huge trees, creepers and climbers of every description.
The reserve has for hiking lovers several forest trails whether short and long trails to the other side of the forested mountain. The short one takes around 1-2 hours walk while the longer one to Bang Pae Waterfall requires more than 4 hours and an experienced guide. Visitors can contact and hire a guide at the reserve office near Ton Sai waterfall. There is also a small museum and information centre.
Located near the park headquarters at the entrance to the park, this waterfall is not very big but quite scenic. There is also a reasonable restaurant with excellent views if you get hungry.
To get to Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, head north on Thepkasattri Road from Phuket City for about 20kms until you reach the main intersection at Thalang. Take the road heading east, which cuts through rubber plantations for about 7kms until it reaches the Forestry Department checkpoint.
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