Hua Hin's major attraction is the 98-square-km national pari< in Prachuap Khiri
Khan Province, 65 km south of Hua Hin. Khao Sam Roi Yot ("Three Hundred Peaks")
is a geological wonderland of limestone caves, secluded beaches, dozens of
strangely disfigured mountains that resemble the angular humps of a sea dragon,
and endangered wildlife such as serow mountain goats and crabeating macaques.
Some 237 species of birds have been identified here, best seen during the
birdwatching season Nov.-February.
The following information was provided by Jim Enright, a Canadian volunteer who
worked in the park for almost three years and wrote the most reliable
description of the park and its surrounding regions, Thanks, Jim.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (KSRY) was declared Thailand's first coastal park
in June 1966, to protect the environment and bring at tention to the
magnificent gray limestone mountains that rise dramatically from the Gulf of
Thailand to heights above 600 meters. Although the natural surroundings have
since made it among the most popular parks in the nation, the chief ecological
draws are the freshwater marshes and rich coastal tidewaters that provide an im
portant stopover and breeding grounds for Asia/Pacific birdlife.
The park also supports three types of primates: the dusky langur, crab-eating
macaque, and the slow Ions. Khao Sam Roi Yot is considered one of the best
places in Asia to see the dusky langur, easily recognizable by its distinctive
eye patches that resemble aviator goggles. Another primate living around park
headquarters is the crab-eating macaque, named after its unique ability to
pull apart crabs and survive on a diet of shellfish and other sealife. Few
visitors see the shy and extremely retiring slow loris, which lives among the
trees but can sometimes be spotted late at night with the aid of a strong
Despite the interesting wildlife, it is birdlife that re mains the chief
attraction of Khao Sam Roi Yot. Birdwatcherปhave counted 237 species of birds in
this relatively small park, an amazing concentration credited to the park's
primary location on the Asian/Australian flyway. About 60% of the bird
population are migratory species mov ing down from Siberia Sept.-Nov., or