One of Thailand’s many national parks, Phu Toei National Park in the province of Suphanburi is well and truly off-the-beaten-track. Indeed, many locals don’t even realise that there is a national park in their home province! Located in Dan Chang District, in the north-west of the province in Central Thailand, the national park is a lovely place to enjoy nature and a peaceful ambience.
Its rather remote location means that you will need your own transportation to get to the park. Onsite accommodation, however, means that you can enjoy a leisurely few days enjoying the great outdoors without needing to rush away before nightfall.
Basic but comfortable cabins at reasonable prices
If you want to spend a night in the cool temperatures and tranquil atmosphere of Phu Toei National Park, you’ll find a selection of cabins to rent at the main entrance. Close to the park ranger’s office, the cabins have basic décor and furnishings, but are clean and spacious. Their real appeal, however, lies in their close proximity to nature.
Cabins cost around 700 THB (approximately 20 USD) per night. Don’t expect any luxuries though – they have cold-water showers and do not have air-conditioning. The mountainous location, however, means that you are more likely to feel chilly rather than too hot during the night time, although if you do need to cool down there are electric fans in the cabins. You will probably be more grateful for the thick fleecy blankets though!
If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can also camp in the large camping ground. It costs a mere 30 THB (approximately 0.85 USD) to pitch your own tent for a night, or 250 THB (approximately 7.15 USD) to rent a two-person tent and sleeping bags from the park. There is a communal toilet and shower block for campers to use.
A great place to hang out with friends
Each cabin is appointed differently. Our cabin could easily accommodate five guests, with two separate bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with two single beds) and a further single bed tucked away in one corner of the separate living area. Plenty of space means that you definitely won’t feel cramped and under each other’s feet.
In the living area you’ll find a large table with two long benches, and there is further seating available outside on your own private stretch of terrace. Complimentary drinking water is provided, along with basic amenities such as soap and toilet paper. There’s no need to worry about going without your morning pick-me-up – there is a kettle in the living area, although you will need to take your own tea and coffee.
You can enjoy great days exploring, followed by a few drinks on the patio or a game of cards around the big indoor table.
Nature right on your doorstep
Phu Toei National Park is home to lots of interesting flora and fauna, and you can drift off to sleep listening to the noises of nature. Hear the clicking and clacking of various insects, small creatures scuttling through the undergrowth, and the calls of various wild animals.
When you wake up, you just need to take a few steps to enter the forested area, from which you can enjoy long hikes. Climb the hills and mountains and enjoy the stretching views over the surrounding stunning landscapes, inhale the heady scents from the abundant pine trees, and try to spot diverse creatures like gibbons, deer, boars, monkeys, and snakes. Bird life is plentiful, and there are also many beautiful flowers to admire.
Other useful information for your stay at Phu Toei National Park
You will need to pay a small admission fee to enter Phu Toei National Park. This is 100 THB (approximately 2.85 USD) for non-Thai adults, and 50 THB (approximately 1.40 USD) for non-Thai children. You may find that this fee is waived if you stay within the national park’s boundaries.
There is a small selection of local convenience stores and restaurants within a couple of minutes’ drive from the main entrance. All eateries sell basic Thai fare, such as fried rice, omelette, and soups; you won’t find any international dishes in the national park’s vicinity.
The tracks throughout the national park can be steep and rocky – make sure that you pack comfortable walking shoes! And, as already mentioned, the temperatures can fall quite low during the evening, especially during the cool season (November to February), so be sure to take a sweater!
Book your stay at Phu Toei National Park and get active in the peaceful and enchanting great outdoors and sleep on the fringes of the national park whilst surrounded by nature.
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