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Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park

Krabi Attractions | Krabi natural attractions and things to see

The Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park is one of the most well known and largest National Parks in the province of Krabi. This outstanding national park is spread over a large area and occupies a major portion of the Krabi coastline.

Some of the popular beaches of the Krabi province like the Hat Noppharat Thara Beach, Railay Beach and the Ao Nang Beach also form a part of the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. The Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park is vast enough to include around 80 islands within its geographical territory. The beautiful islands of Koh Poda, Koh Gai and Phi Phi islands also form a part of the massive Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. Home to a large number of animals and several species of plants, the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park is one of the prime tourist attractions of the Krabi province. The geographical expansion of the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park however is determined by the Royal Forest Department. Designated as the 47th National Park of Thailand, the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park covers a large part of the sub districts of Ao Nang, Nong Thale, Sai Thai and Pak Nam.

As far as the topography of the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park is concerned, it is pretty mountainous and outlined with thick jungles. The mountain ranges lining the national park lie in a northwest southeast direction. While the mountains raise high beyond the horizon in the coastal area, the eastern side of the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park shows a deeper slope.

Tourists will simply be mesmerized by the diverse range of flora and fauna found at the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. One of its kinds in entire Krabi, this national park boasts of three types of vegetation. Environmentalists will come across Phru forest and Mangrove forest apart from the thick lush Evergreen rainforest which is the predominant vegetation at the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park. The topmost layers of the mountain ranges are found to be lined with tall and sturdy evergreen trees. The common varieties located here include rubber, iron wood and shorea. Lining the lower levels are trees like rattans, banyans and various types of vines. The Mangrove Forest can be located in the Yan Saba Canal and the Dry Canal. The variety comprises of black and white beans, samae and red mangroves. The Phru forest on the other hand dominates the Noppharat Thara Beach and the common types of plants found here includes shamet trees, cogon grass and shorea trees.

However the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park stands distinguished because of its wildlife and marine life. If the jungles are dominated by different species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds, then the marine life is conquered by types of fish and colorful corals which include leaf coral, tree coral, cub surface coral and thorn coral.

Other attractions to be found within the geographical boundaries of the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park include a famous Shell cemetery at Susaan Hoi, a place close to Ao Nang. Known to be of very ancient origin, fossilized shells dating back millions of years are preserved here with care. A museum located close provides you with a short history of the site whereas tourists will find a number of shops to buy shells or items to take back as souvenirs.

The perfect climate not only favors the flora and fauna of the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park but also makes it easier for the tourists on their trip. Falling under the influence of the tropical monsoon wind, the Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park primarily enjoys two seasons. Since the months of May till December are times of heavy rainfall, tourists are best advised to visit the park during the dry season which lasts from January to April.


Last Updated: 23 May 2008