Thailand may be famous all over for its mesmerizing beaches, but don’t be surprised if you find locals and tourists flocking to some of the country’s beautiful lakes. The lakes and its surroundings offer the perfect ambience for spending a day out with family and friends. With visa requirements to Thailand pretty easy and simple, the country has gained reputation as a tourist hub globally.
Here’s our pick of the best lakes in Thailand that are worth your time.
Bueng Boraphet is a largest fresh water swamp in central Thailand that covers about 200 square kilometers of land. Bueng Boraphet is also home to both animals and plants of approx. 200 species. Here boats are available on rent along with a guide for bird watching, sightseeing and to explore the beauty of Bueng Boraphet Lake. This lake is a semi-natural lake and its water level is high during winters and low during summers around April. Bueng Boraphet also has a fishery development station where visitors observe crocodile breeding pond and freshwater aquarium.
Thale Sap Songkhla
Thale Sap Songkhla, also known as The Lake of Phattalung is the largest natural lake in Thailand covering an area of about 1040 square kilometers. The Lake is divided into three distinct parts. The southern part opens to the Gulf of Thailand at the city of Songkhla. Further north, is the Thale Luang. At the northern end between mangrove swamps is the Thale Noi in Phattalung province. Thale Sap Songkhla lake has many islands including Mark Island, Four Island, Five Island, Nang Kam Island and Yo Island. The Water in the Lake is a mix of sea water and fresh water so the water conditions and the amount of water depend on fresh water and sea water flowing into the Lake.
Thale Noi Lake is a protected fresh water Lake located in Phattalung province, southern Thailand covering 460 square kilometers of land. Lake has many plants like Lotus, Bulrush, Reed and grasses used for thatching. Also, some migratory birds or Indigenous birds can be seen throughout the year or during winter. Visitors travel by train at Pak Khlong station and then 8 kilometer away by car to Thale Noi. Boats are available to explore the beauty of Thale Noi.
Nong Han Lake
The Nong Han Lake is the largest natural lake of northeast Thailand that covers an area of 125 square kilometers. It’s much of the shore is converted into public park of nearby city. The average depth of the Lake varies between 2 to 10 meters and is fished for Puntius brevis. Nong Han lake is covered with pink lotus flowers during December to March and beautiful place to visit for sightseeing. Thailand lake holidays don’t get any better than Nong Han Lake.
The Kwan Phayao Lake is a semi-natural freshwater lake covering an area of nearly 21 square kilometers in northern Thailand. The Kwan Phayao Lake is full of aquatic plants including Najas graminea and Ceratophyllum demersum. There are some hundreds of species of fishes and birds are found here. This Lake was created to improve irrigation in the area however an ancient temple Wat Tilok Aram was submerged in the making. Kwan Phayao Lake is a popular attraction of Phayao. On an average, the humidity of the area is between 70%-80% and average yearly rainfall is around 1064mm.
Pang Ung Lake
Pang Ung Lake’s view, pine leaves, beautiful mountain scenes, and hazy fog in the morning are major attractions among vistors. It is surrounded by a verdant pine forest. Visitors enjoy Walking and Jogging along the lakeside. Also, There are camping areas and guesthouses around the lake. Pang Ung sometimes is called “Switzerland in Thailand”. During winters, sometimes the temperature drops to zero that creates a layer of ice over flowers and plants.
Khao Sok is another famous lake in Thailand that is open all throughout the year to tourists. The ambience of the lake offers a calm and serene environ for spending quality time and to rejuvenate body and mind. Many tourists engage in boat rides; accommodation facilities available within the national park.
This border town receives tourists all the year round, owing to its beautiful reservoir and island temple. This tourist destination is famous for relaxing and spending a quiet time, but you can also engage in rafting and elephant riding.
These were some of the most visited lakes in Thailand. Along with the beaches and city centers, the country is also blessed with some natural lakes and reservoirs. So, if you are wondering where to go in Thailand, these lakes are the place to be at.