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Khao Sam Roi Yot guide and accommodation

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Khao Sam Roi Yot (or Sam Roi Yod) was declared as the first coastal National Park in Thailand on 28th June 1996. The 98 square kilometer park is located approximately 50km south of Hua Hin. The name "Khao Sam Roi Yot" means the mountain with 300 peaks in Thai. A series of grey limestone mountains rise from the gulf of Thailand to over 600 meters high, the most fascinating are Khao Yai, Khao Tham Prathun, Khao Daeng and Khao Khan Ban Dai. The limestone has been worn away in parts by natural errosion to form caves and crevaces such as Tum Kaeo, Tum Sai, and Tum Phraya Nakhon Cave.

The wooded mountains make it a site of outstanding natural beauty, but it is the freshwater marsh and coastal habitats, that gives the park ecological significance. The park also offers fine sandy beaches, spectacular caves, superb mountain viewpoints, offshore islands, forest trails, and estuarine and mangrove habitats, all within a relatively smalll area.

Bird watching
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park has become a popular spot with bird watchers due to the 300 (approx) recorded species found here and the park's accessibility. The park is one of the best locations in Thailand to observe shorebirds. Between September and November hundreds of migratory shorebirds from traveling the East Asian/Australian flyway from Siberia, China, and Northern Europe arrive at the mudflats and marshes to feed and rest, before continuing their migratory journey south. Some will spend the winter months (November to March) here. These birds will begin the long return journey to their northern breeding grounds between March and May. The freshwater marsh near the vilage of Rong Jay provides a good opportunity to view a number of large waterbirds, songbirds and raptors. The marsh is one of only two sites in Thailand where the Purple Heron (pictured right) breeds.

The park still supports a population of Serow and blackish goat antelope. There are three species of primates; dusky or spectacled langur (pictured below), crab eating or long tailed macaque, and the slow lorris. Other mammals found are the barking deer, Malayan pangolin, fishing cat, common palm civet, Malayan porcupine, Javan mongosse, Siamese hare and grey bellied squarrel. Dolphins are often sighted in the coastal waters.

Tourist information and trails
A visitor centre is located at the park headquarters and is the focal point of the park's educational programmes. The center has excellent exhibits on a range of topics and a slide show is available for visitors viewing. The Horseshoe Trail and the Mangrove Nature Trails, both located near the Visitor Center, offer excellent opportunities to view a variety of habitats and wildlife. On the Mangrove Nature Trail you can see muddskippers, crabs, monitor lizards, kingfishers, herons, egrets and a a variety of other birds species. The Horse shoe Trail will offer views of macaque and langur monkeys, squirrels and an assortment of colorful songbirds. The best time to observe wildlife and birds is early morning or before sunset.

Photos from Sam Roi Yod National Park

There are plenty of accommodation options in Dolphin Bay and around Khao Sam Roi Yod:

Sam Roi Yot Accommodation Hotels & Resorts
Lealawadee at the Beach Resort Hotel is located in "Unseen Thailand", 38 km south of Hua Hin. It is a friendly and beautiful resort which has a marvelous beach front at a deep blue sea. The balance between mountains, plants and animals makes Lealawadee at the beach a heaven on earth. Here you will find peace, quiet, space, and health.
Rates from 1,050 THB [ online booking ]
Sam Roi Yot Accommodation Hotels & Resorts
Samroiyod Holiday Resort is a perfect venue for a holiday. Villas and terraced houses are at your disposal, whether it is holiday among family members or a party or seminar among friends and colleagues. Fully furnished with TV, refrigerator, air conditioning, hot & cold water, and spacious private bathroom partitioned into dry and wet areas.
Rates from 1,500 THB [ online booking ]
Sam Roi Yot Accommodation Hotels & Resorts
The Privacy Beach Resort and Spa sits practically right on the beach within sight of Nom Sao and Koh Lam islands with shallow water reefs and corals where dolphins are spotted. A five star conceptual boutique hotel in Thai style comprising of 76 elegant rooms. One each of international indoor and outdoor restaurant, one grand ballroom, business centre, functional and activities room for children, ample space for outdoor activity, swimming pool, games room, spa and fitness centre.
Rates from 3,550 THB [ online booking ]
Sam Roi Yot Accommodation Hotels & Resorts
Dolphin Bay beach resort consists of 24 beach bungalows and 24 first floor rooms. (some connecting for families), each with private bathrooms, balconies, air conditioning, satellite TV and mini bar. Two large swimming pools one with large water slide, great beach for swimming, safe for children! There are also six apartments, each with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room and kitchenette and the same beautiful views, we also have three bedroom apartments, with private swimming pools and Spa's, also six bed room apartments with pool and spa.
Rates from 1,290 THB
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Sam Roi Yot Accommodation Hotels & Resorts
Anchana Resort & Spa is more like an enormous luxurious home than a tropical resort. Nestled in between majestically mountains and facing stunning tropical waters, Anchana is one home you will never want to leave. The resort is a tropical oasis with a warm contemporary Balinese flair and lush green scenery Fifty uniquely appointed rooms with full amenities and private balconies in a cool shady surrounding are offered at Anchana Resort.
Rates from 1,650 THB
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Houses, apartments and suites for daily or monthly rental in Dolphin Bay Sam Roi Yot
Apartment for rent in Dolphin Bay Sam Roi Yot
Pool side suite for rent in Dolphin Bay, practically on the beach this is an ideal rental for those people who enjoy a quiet and peaceful setting away from the crowds. Rates at 3,500 per day or 15,000 per week.

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House for rent in Dolphin Bay Sam Roi Yot
Fully serviced garden apartment, home for rent in Dolphin Bay, practically on the beach and with a full rai of landscaped gardens this is an ideal rental for those people who enjoy a quiet and peaceful setting away from the crowds.

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House for rent in Dolphin Bay Sam Roi Yot
Orchard land garden house, one bedroomed home for rental in Dolphin Bay, practically on the beach this is a ideal rental for those people who enjoy a quiet and peaceful setting away from the crowds in natural surroundings.

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Photos from Sam Roi Yod National Park

Flora and Fauna at Sam Roi Yod National Park

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