From zoos and marine parks to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, animal lovers have plenty of opportunities to encounter their favourite species in Thailand. Here are some of the best places to see and interact with wildlife.
• Safari World
• Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World
• Phukhieo Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is one of the best spots to see sambar deer.
• Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
Chiang Mai Province
• Chiang Mai Night Safari
• Elephant Nature Park
• Maesa Elephant Camp
• Maetang Elephant Park
• Patara Elephant Farm
• Khao Kheow Open Zoo
• Monsoon Valley Vineyard
Besides tasting wines and savouring sumptuous eats, visitors can also enjoy an elephant ride through the grounds of the vineyard and soak up the scenic countryside views.
• Khlong Phlu Waterfall
Let the elephants take you to this waterfall, the largest one on Koh Chang, which is surrounded by lush rainforest. The forest is home to rare tropical plants including orchids and wild ferns.
• Thai Elephant Conservation Center
Nakhon Ratchasima Province
• Khao Yai National Park
• Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary
• Amazing Bukit Safari
• Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Set on 30 acres of tropical jungle, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is a refuge for elephants that have been abused and exploited for decades.
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
• Kui Buri National Park
Wild elephant and guar sightings are guaranteed at this national park which is home to one of the biggest population of gaurs in Thailand. Look out also for animals such as the golden jackal, deer, langur, Burmese hare, Malayan porcupine and wild boar.
• Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary
Walk with rescued elephants, bathe them, gather their food and observe them in their natural environment at this elephant sanctuary.
• Ban Ta Klang Elephant Study Centre
• Khao Chong Wildlife Development & Conservation Promotion
• Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
Uthai Thani Province
• Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary