Despite the development for tourism, Phuket was surprisingly rich of butterflies and the place did not disappoint us in the 2011 trip. However, according to the book “Butterflies of Thailand”, Ranong, as a province relatively close to Phuket, was one of the most resourceful region for butterflies. It was the primary reason why we visited this place.
We took the night flight from Hong Kong to Phuket. When we arrived, it was already 2 am. Therefore, we decided to visit the two confirmed spots in Phuket.
- Kathu Waterfall
- Ton Sai Waterfall
During our 2011 trip, we had some bad luck with the weather. This time, though the weather was cool and dry, many butterflies showed up under the sunny weather.
- Raman Waterfall Forest Park
- Sa Nang Manora Waterfall
- Sri Phang Nga National Park
This area is one of our primary target. Early February seems not the right season. The sunshine helped a little bit so butterflies are scarce.
- Klong Na Kha Wildlife Conservation Area
Recommended by butterfly watcher Antonio Giudici, we stayed at Khao Sok National Park. Early February seems not the right season here. It was quite cool, and too cool for butterflies. While the weather was good, the sunshine helped to warm up the butterflies. We were able to spot some butterflies we did not see in previous Phuket/Phang-nga trip.
- Khao Sok National Park