Do you love traveling around the world, visiting different nature hot spots features in a particular place or country? If you plan to visit nature parks in Southeast Asia soon, this would be a good time to look for leads on places you should visit. Although most of the countries in Southeast Asia are archipelagoes that are famous for scenic beaches, fascinating culture, exotic cuisine and ancient temples, there are also wonderful nature parks to visit here. Each country offers a different and unique biodiversity, giving a twist to their national parks that you couldn’t find elsewhere. Some the countries that boast exceptional national parks in Southeast Asia include Borneo, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. See the top picks from these countries below.
Visit the Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam which is located around 150 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Some evidences of the Vietnam War can be seen here but there are some old trees that survived the devastation during the war. Today, smaller plants recovered from the destructive event and wildlife is starting to flourish again. This nature park boasts the rare Javan rhinoceros and has over a hundred mammals like elephants, monkeys, deer and wild cats. The park also boasts more than 400 species of butterflies and more than 300 species of birds.
Thailand is home to the Khao Yai National Park in Isaan. This is the country’s oldest national park established in 1961. This nature park is home to 200 or so elephants, guar, wild pigs, bats, gibbons, barking deer and macaques. This is also home to a large population of hornbills.
Another destination in Thailand is the Khao Sok National Park which is just a 2-hour drive from Phuket airport. The park is basically a 120,000 hectare virgin rainforest home to various animals which are quite illusive during daytime. This nature park boasts the Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower. This flower blooms once a year around January and February which grows flower bloom of around 80 centimeters or more.
The Tanjung Puting National Park in Kalimantan, Indonesia is home to the Camp Leakey Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre. Pioneered by Dr. Galdikas in the 1970s, this center houses rescued and orphaned orangutans in the wild. It is also said that the rehabilitation center is the most successful of all the four orangutan sanctuaries in the world.
Borneo – Malaysia
The Kinabalu National Park in Borneo Island is a combination of lush forests and high jagged granite peaks which is the Mount Kinabalu. This mountain is also one of the highest mountain peaks in Southeast Asia. The forests are the home of orangutans and ibans. The rare Rafflesia is also found in this national park. There are over a thousand species of flora and fauna which includes orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants.
Also in the Borneo region is the Mulu National Park. The park boasts lush fauna and flora, cicadas, frogs, hornbills, bats and gibbons. What’s unique about this national park is the amazing limestone cave system that’s being covered by the lush jungle. It is said to be the largest limestone cave system in the world which is something really worth exploring. There are river passages into the cave system where you can travel by a canoe or a boat and walk through the other side of the mountain.
These are just some of the wonderful national parks to visit in Southeast Asia. There are also other national parks worthy of visiting in neighboring countries which are sure to give you a different surprise.