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There are few things in life more breathtaking than a clear night sky, and there are few places on Earth where you can see the stars quite as you can in Thailand. This Southeast Asian country is quickly becoming a hotspot for stargazing tourism, and it’s not hard to see why. From its relatively unpolluted sky away from city centres to the number of remote national parks dotted around the country, Thailand offers everything a leisure traveller could ever want in search of the perfect night sky.
Thailand’s starry night sky
As any astronomer will tell you, one of the essential factors in stargazing is having a clear view of the night sky. Unfortunately, light pollution is becoming an increasingly big problem in many parts of the world, making it difficult to see anything but the brightest stars. This is not a problem you’ll have to worry about in Thailand. Thanks to its national parks and rural landscape, the skies above quite a few parts of Thailand are some of the clearest.
The Beauty of the Thai Night Sky
The night sky is a powerful force, reminding us of our place in the universe and offering endless inspiration for generations. But, perhaps the biggest reason to come stargazing in Thailand is simply for the beauty of the night sky itself. Thanks to Thailand’s location near the equator, you’ll easily see both northern and southern constellations. And if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way, you’ll be treated to one of the most stunning sights nature has to offer.
Tips for Stargazing in Thailand
If you’re planning on doing some stargazing during your time in Thailand, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure to check what time of year it is before you go—the best time for stargazing in Thailand is during the dry season (November-April). You’ll also want to make sure you bring along insect repellent. Finally, we recommend heading out into the countryside, away from city lights, for optimal viewing conditions.
The travel routes for stargazing in Thailand
In Thailand, five national parks have taken steps to preserve this natural wonder by earning the Dark Sky Conservation Area designation. From Huai Nam Dang in Chiang Mai to Phu Langka in Chaiyaphum, these protected spaces offer unparalleled opportunities to take in the cosmos. These areas strive to limit light pollution and offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of a truly dark sky filled with twinkling stars and galactic wonders. Travelling to these ‘dark spots’ is about harnessing the power and imagination that comes from staring up at an infinite expanse of stars above.
Dark Sky Conservation Areas in National Parks:
- Huai Nam Dang National Park, Chiang Mai
- Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchaburi
- Phu Khieo-Thung Kraman Wildlife Sanctuary, Chaiyaphum
- Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Chaiyaphum
- Phu Langka National Park, Chaiyaphum
Other areas designated ‘Dark Sky’ include the following:
Dark Sky Community & Properties:
- On Tai Community in San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai
- Alcidini Wine Vineyard in Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Raintree Residence Hotel in Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Muak Lek ATV Stadium in Muak Lek District, Saraburi
- Ban Rai Yai Cha Phlu in Muak Lek District, Saraburi
- The Piano Resort in Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
- Gran-Monte Wine Vineyard in Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
There’s no denying that Thailand is quickly becoming one of South East Asia’s premier destinations for stargazing. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience beneath a blanket of stars, there’s no better place to be than Thailand. Just remember to pack your insect repellent. ◼
© This article was first published online in Oct 2022 – World Travel Magazine.