Moo 6, Phanom, Surat Thani, Khlong Sok Sub-district, Thailand
077 395 154
NileGuide Expert tip:
Bring tons of insect repellent. Mosquitoes abound, especially at night.
Located northeast of Phuket town, this national park is Thailand's largest rain forest. Home to the Asian ox, wild elephants, reptiles and monkeys, the park is the number one destination for those trying to see the "wild" (green) side of Phuket. The park is best explored over the course of a few days, so plan on renting a tree house (yes, really) and staying around for a while. You don't need a guide, but hiring one will allow you to get into "secret" spots only the locals know about. Popular activities include jungle trekking, bamboo rafting and canoeing, boat tours of Cheow Larn Lake, birdwatching and just relaxing. Skip the elephant trekking and instead try their "Elephant Experience," which allows you to get close and personal with the animals, helping with their daily meals, baths and care. Bring enough food and water for your whole stay –There aren't any concession stands inside the park.