7 National Parks You Should Visit in Southeast Asia
Here are seven national treasures of Southeast Asia that will captivate you with their sheer beauty and undeniable magnificence
With its abundance of unique flora and fauna, it comes as no surprise that Southeast Asia is the home of some of the world’s most breathtaking natural landscapes.
From the volcanoes of Indonesia to the mountains of Thailand and jungles of Malaysia, each of these natural constructs plays a vital role in sustaining the natural environment of the region, thus making them important parts of Southeast Asia’s ecosystem as a whole. Some are even valued for their cultural, societal and economical contributions to countries throughout Southeast Asia!
Naturally, such valuable elements deserve to be protected as we journey towards the future. This is why you can easily find a great number of national parks scattered throughout the Southeast Asian region, for they each represent a segment of their host country’s ecosystem and natural environment that is to be safeguarded and preserved at all times.
These national parks are not only scientifically useful, however. They also make wonderful getaway destinations that will equip you with a whole host of beautiful and unforgettable memories, as this list of seven of Southeast Asia’s most prominent national parks will show you.
With these points in mind, let’s get natural!
1. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
WHERE: Malang, East Java, Indonesia
WHAT: Situated in the heart of Indonesia’s East Java is an area of about 800 square kilometres that is known as the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, which has been protected by authorities since 1919. It is the home of two of Indonesia’s most famous active volcanoes: Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru, the latter of which is especially renowned for its frequent production of beautiful clouds of smoke. It is also celebrated for its stunning sunrises, which are best seen between April and October each year.
2. Gunung Mulu National Park
WHERE: Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
WHAT: Since its crowning as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the Gunung Mulu National Park has steadily grown to become one of the Borneo region’s—and by extension, Southeast Asia’s—brightest jewels. It is highly regarded especially for its incredible cave formations, such as the Sarawak Chamber and the Clearwater Cave. The former is one of the world’s most gigantic natural chambers, while the latter is often considered to be the longest cave in Southeast Asia.
3. Doi Inthanon National Park
WHERE: Chiang Mai, Thailand
WHAT: Carpeting an area of 482 square kilometers, the Doi Inthanon National Park is named after Thailand’s tallest peak which also resides in its vicinity. As a result, the park’s location is high in altitude, allowing it to enjoy low daily temperatures that average between 10 and 12 °C—especially at the peak of Doi Inthanon. Its most famous features include Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Bhumisiri, two breathtaking temples that were built to honour the 60th birthdays of Thailand’s King and Queen respectively.
4. Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park
WHERE: Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam
WHAT: The world was formally introduced to the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park and its surreal caves in 2003, when the area was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within it rests some of Southeast Asia’s most spectacular underground rivers, along with some of the world’s most unique forms of flora fauna—including hundreds of different types of birds. It spans well over 800 square kilometers in area, and this means that you would probably need more than a day to experience its cavernous wonders.
5. Taman Negara National Park
WHERE: Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu, Malaysia
WHAT: What makes Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park so commanding is its sheer wealth in terms of natural treasures. Stretched out over 4,000 square kilometres in three different Malaysian states, this park is the habitat of a vast variety of exotic flora and fauna, including tigers and tapirs. This is why jungle trekking and animal-watching enthusiasts are known to frequently visit Taman Negara National Park. It is also famous for its canopy walk, which streaks over a length of around 500 metres through the park.
6. Khao Sok National Park
WHERE: Surat Thani Province, Thailand
WHAT: The Khao Sok National Park is a part of Thailand’s natural landscape that is greatly respected, as it is said to be one of the world’s oldest rainforests. This immense age has allowed it to evolve into the home of some of the world’s most iconic flora and fauna, especially in terms of its trees and plants. Diverse limestone formations can also be found in the national park, having been shaped and matured by natural elements like wind and water over time.
7. Komodo National Park
WHERE: Komodo Island, Indonesia
WHAT: The name of this national park should be more than enough to shed light on what its most famous inhabitant is, but for those who are in the dark, the Komodo National Park and Komodo Island is the home of komodo dragons—a species of reptiles that is revered for its immense strength. They can be considerably dangerous, though, so do not entertain the temptation to approach them on your own! Aside from these majestic beasts, the Komodo National Park is also celebrated for its beautiful beaches, its dry but green terrain and its pristine waters.
Of course, there's nothing like experiencing the charms of these national parks yourself, which is why you should start planning your trips to visit them this very instant! Head on over to our Let's Go Now booking page, and let the preparations begin.