Introducing Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Towering limestone outcrops form a rocky jigsaw-puzzled landscape at this 98-sq-km park, which means Three Hundred Mountain Peaks. There are also caves, beaches and coastal marshlands to explore for outdoor enthusiasts and bird-watchers.
With its proximity to Hua Hin, the park is well travelled by day-trippers and contains a mix of public conservation land and private shrimp farms, so don’t come expecting remote virgin territory.
Rama IV and a large entourage of Thai and European guests came here on 18 August 1868 to see a total solar eclipse (apparently predicted by the monarch himself) and to enjoy a feast prepared by a French chef. Two months later the king died from malaria, contracted from mosquito bites inflicted here. Today the risk of malaria in the park is low but the mosquitoes can be pesky, especially during the rainy season.
The Khao Daeng Visitors Centre in the southern end of the park has the largest collection of tourist information and English-speaking rangers. Maps are handed out at the entrance gates.
Travel agencies in Hua Hin run day trips to the park. Hua Hin Bike Tours offers cycling and hiking tours.