SEVENTEEN PROTECTED AREAS along the Thai-Myanmar border make up the Western Forest Complex, the largest forest tract in mainland south-east Asia.
18,000 square kilometres of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks nurture a diverse range of species: 150 mammals, 490 birds, 90 reptiles, 40 amphibians, and 108 fish. Elephants can be seen in some of the southermost parks, while others are the best tiger areas, and other yet home to endemic birds.
Opportunities for hiking, rafting, spotting, camping and caving are plentiful.
While not part of the WFC, I have included two other parks, Doi Inthanon, and Nam Nao.