Thailand Kaeng Krachan

Kaeng Krachan is the country’s largest national park and covers nearly 3,000 square km of mountainous terrain.

It joins other protected forest areas in Thailand and Myanmar to form one of the last stomping grounds for tigers and several other endangered species in Southeast Asia. Asiatic black bears and Siamese crocodiles make their homes here, but sightings are extremely rare

The park's biggest draw is the birdlife, with long-tailed broadbill and Oriental pied hornbill counted among 460 species. Trails near three campgrounds are great for bird watching, but do use a local guide who's adept at spotting wildlife while keeping your family safe.

Other attractions include the mountaintop camp at Khao Phanoen Thung, where you can gaze at sheets of fog in the valleys at dawn, before a hot breakfast. From there, guides will take you deeper into the jungle to look for gibbons and dusky leaf monkeys on a hike to Thor Thip waterfall. Wild elephants are often seen at Bang Krang Camp and Pala-U waterfall further south.

Thailand with kids

Popular – and lesser-known – places to visit in Thailand with the family

If you're coming to Thailand with kids I'm sure the obvious contenders will already be on your radar: the temples of Bangkok, a cooking class in Chiang Mai, maybe an elephant sanctuary, one of the islands, and call it a wrap. Yes, these are all worthy additions to a family-friendly trip to Thailand, but take my advice: I've been living in and writing about Thailand since 2011 and I can tell you there is so much more to the country that doesn't make the standard "top 10" lists and travel brochures. If you're even vaguely interested in getting off the beaten path and seeing some of the 'real' Thailand with the kids, this guide is for more

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