Sirinat National Park


Thailand is well known for its beaches, they are one of the reasons that tourists flock to the country, especially to Phuket. In Northern Phuket, the Sirinat National Park covers 90 square kilometres and has 13 kilometres of some of the most spectacular beaches anywhere in the world. The name of the park was changed in 1992 from Nai Yang National Park to Sirinat National Park and the area was extended to include Mai Khao Beach as part of the 60th birthday celebrations of Queen Sirikit.

Sirinat National Park has four interconnected beaches and is just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport. There a choice of basic accommodation operated by the Thai government as well as many hotels nearby. The park is not free to enter and there is a charge of 100 Thai Baht for children and 200 Thai Baht for adults.

Best known for its 4 idyllic sandy beaches Hat Nai Thon, Hat Nai Yang, Hat Mai Khao, and Hat Sai Kaeo the park is a beach lovers paradise. The beaches are one of the top tourist attractions in the whole of Thailand and many tourists will happily spend an entire vacation just lounging and relaxing get the R and R they truly need. Hat Mai Khao is the longest beach in Phuket and along with Hat Nai Yang it is well known for the turtles that lay their eggs between November and February every year.

For those looking to swim in the water be aware that lifeguards are not always available in case of difficulty, however, the best of the four beaches for swimming is Hat Nai Yang. Hat Mai Khao is a wonderful beach for long walks but tourists need to be aware that the beach can be deceptively dangerous at times and care should be taken.

There are many activities available for tourists that include boat trips, scuba diving and kite surfing. Small businesses have cropped up around the beaches to take advantage of the tourists. The ocean is warm and makes for some of the best diving, scuba or snorkel, in the world over some of the most spectacular coral reefs.

Sirinat National Park is not just about the beaches and forest and Mangrove Forest is well worth exploring. For avid birdwatchers, the Sirinat National Park is like heaven on earth and is teaming with many different and unusual birds that include chestnut capped bee-eaters, Black Collared Myna and Green Imperial Pigeon. Likewise, other flora and fauna fill the forests and a guided walk, although strangely quiet at times can be highly educational.

Many of the major hotel chains are represented nearby the Sirinat National Park and the beaches and forests are never really overcrowded. The best time to visit is from November to April bit for people who tend to visit national parks the objective often goes beyond beaches, moonlight parties and scuba diving so any time of year will do.
For anyone who visits Thailand Sirinat National Park is a must, those who have been to Thailand and not done so invariably hear about it and return on purpose to explore this travellers paradise.

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