What are the best natural parks in Phuket?
Khao Sok National Park. Located in Surat Thani Province, this national park consists of dense rainforest, waterfalls, majestic limestone cliffs and an island lake. The rainforest here is one of the oldest in the world, even older than the Amazon rainforest.
Khao Sok has become a haven for a variety of birds, insects, reptiles and mammals. Khao Sok National Park is home to 311 species of birds, 48 species of mammals, more than 30 species of bats, numerous insects and reptiles, 200 wild Asian elephants, and endangered tigers. It is best to visit there during the dry season from June to October, and the monsoon season is between April and June, when the rains are heavy and many trails are slippery.
How to get to Khao Sok National Park?
1) The park is more than 100 km from Krabi, so you can get here on a day tour from Krabi or Phuket (very strenuous and not recommended), or on a 3 day/2 night tour.
2) Take a bus from Krabi or Phuket to Khao Sok, then join various tours from Khao Sok town. Here is too pristine, you have to participate under the local leader's guide.
3) Accommodation, you can stay on the floating rsorts in the park, a good experience but expensive; you can also stay in front of the park, there are more than 10 B&B, general conditions.
What is the best time to go to Khao Sok to see the animals?
There is a different flavor here all year round. December to April every year is the dry season with the most beautiful scenery. And May to October is the rainy season, when you can see the migration of animals. You can see gibbons, wild elephants, wild boars, bears, deer and more during a trekking tour.
Is there a zoo in Phuket city?
Yes, it is called Phuket Zoo. Phuket Zoo was opened in 1997 and covers an area of 5 hectares. Located in Chalong Bay, Phuket Zoo is the only zoo in Phuket and is a small private zoo. It relies on animal shows to attract visitors, including monkey shows, crocodile training shows, and elephant shows.
The zoo brings together rare wild animals from around the world. You can see the wildlife up close in a station wagon or camouflaged buggy provided by the zoo. Here, you can get up close to giraffes and feed them.
Can I see elephants in Phuket?
Yes. The Elephant Care Park Phuket is the only elephant conservation camp on the island, and most of the elephants at the camp are rescued by the owners from animal show or riding groups around Thailand. The elephants here are not burdened with animal shows that would cause them pain, but only need to be cared for by volunteers.
Depending on the package you choose, you can learn about elephant care or work with professional trainers to prepare healthy and tasty snacks for the elephants and then feed them. You can also relax and play with the elephants as they bathe in the river and mud!