Welcome to Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve
The Khao Phra Thaew Royal Wildlife & Forest Reserve (อุทยานสัตว์ป่าเขาพระแทว) protects 23 sq km of virgin island rainforest (evergreen monsoon forest) in north Phuket. Its royal status means it's better-maintained than the average Thai national park, although the staff have a reputation for being uninterested and unhelpful towards visitors. The highest point is Khao Phra (442m).
Tigers, Malayan sun bears, rhinos and elephants once roamed here, but nowadays residents are limited to humans, wild boar, monkeys, slow loris, langurs, gibbons, deer, civets, flying foxes, cobras, pythons, squirrels and other smaller creatures.
A German botanist discovered the rare 3m to 5m white-backed palm (langkow palm) in Khao Phra Thaew about 50 years ago. This fan-shaped plant is found only here and in Khao Sok National Park.