Chao Mai National Park
This area, which was proclaimed a marine national park on 14
October 1982, covers the 2 districts of Kantang and Sikao. The
park headquarters is situated at Chang Lang Beach in Tambon
Mai Fat, approximately 47 kilometers from the city.
Hat Chao Mai
has a 20-kilometer coastline and a 5-kilometer long white
sandy beach which is set against shady casuarina trees and
limestone hills with caves. Most caves are of historical importance
as prehistoric human remains are found.
of the park are Pak Meng Beach, Chang Lang Beach, San Beach,
Yao Beach, Yong Ling Beach, Chao Mai Beach, and Chao Mai Cave.
All are easily accessible by car. Moreover, there are 7 other
islands for which the park is responsible. They are Ko Muk,
Ko Kradan, Ko Chueak, Ko Pling, Ko Waen, Ko Meng, and Ko Chao
Mai. The park also features the Marine Natural Study Center
(tel. 0-7521-0664) and the Tourist Service Center.
In the national
park, endangered dugong can be spotted along with rare black-necked
stork. More common wildlife includes macaques, langurs, wild
pigs, pangolins, pacific-reef egrets, etc.
are available on the island. For more details, please contact
the National Parks Division, Royal Forestry Department, tel.
0-2561-2920 - 1 or Hat Chao Mai National Park, Mu 5, Tambon
Mai Fat, Amphoe Sikao, Trang, P.O. Box 9, tel. 0-7521- 0099.
Admission fee to the national park is 200 bahts / person.
To reach the
park, take the Trang-Sikao-Pak Meng Road (Highway No. 4162)
for 40 kilometers and then 7 kilometers more on a road that
runs parallel to the beach to the park headquarters.