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Kaeng Krachan National Park - Largest national park in Thailand is the habitat of large number of creatures, both beasts and birds. The Park also holds several ancillary attractions like waterfalls, caves and hot springs.
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Kaeng Krachan National ParkKaeng Krachan National Park, the largest protected wildlife habitat in Thailand, is a prime destination in the country for the lovers of wildlife and natural beauty. Watching animals and birds in their natural habitat is an experience unique in itself. Add to it natural sceneries and picnic spots like the reservoir, waterfalls, caves and hot springs, and the attraction increases manifold.

Synopsis

Country Thailand
Location About 110 kms. from Capital Bangkok
Accessibility Through road
Accommodation Bungalows and campsites

Park Residents
Mammals: Tiger, elephant, leopard, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, bear, tapir, white-handed gibbon, langurs, Asian wild dog, wild boar and otter

Birds: Hornbills, Kalij pheasant, grey peacock-pheasant, woolly-necked stork, red junglefowl, black eagle; many species of woodpeckers, songbirds, and other forest birds.

Tour Attractions
Attractions within the National Park are as follows:

Panoen Thung Hill
Grassland and evergreen forest at the hill top make it a nice camping spot. The temperature is cool all year round. The hard trail to the peak, which is around 6 kilometers, begins at Panoen Thung.

Kaeng Krachan Reservoir
A night spot for spending gala time, the huge reservoir having the capacity of 710 million cubic meters of water sprawls over an area of 46.5 square kilometers. Around 30 islands are scattered over the water. Boats can be hired for some interesting trips.

Khao Tao Mo Cave
This marvelous cave has a throne hall-like chamber which is bedecked by stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is 9 kilometers from Phra Phuttabat Khao Luk Chang Temple, which is also a popular tourist spot.

Thorthip Waterfall
This 9 level waterfall is at approximate 55 kilometers from the headquarters. One can reach here by a steep 4 kilometers trail from the end of the Nam Tok Thorthip.

Pranburi Waterfall
Pranburi WaterfallThis 3 level waterfall is located in the valley just south of the steep hill-climb on the Khao Panoen Thung road.

Unusual Natural Structures
Lan Hin Pum is known for it's protruding boulders. Lan Hin Taek is a block of stone with deep crevices.

Monuments of Historical Legacy
Conflicts of ideology took place in the rugged terrain of the Park, when communist ideology was on surge in the country. Some monuments associated with the communist movement are in the Park. Most prominent among them are Political military School, Lan Hin Pum, Pha Chuthong Cliff and Lan Hin Taek.

Tourist Hotspots
Few places in the Park are known for their picturesque scenery and formations like hot spring and caves. Few such tourist hotspots are Tatfa, Romklao-Pharadon, Man Daeng, Siphatcharin and Phalat.

Topography & Vegetation
The Park area, composed of two watersheds, has complex arrangement of hills. The summit is 1200 meters while the average height is 500 meters. Most hills are of granite, whilt some are of limestone. The landscape is covered mostly with moist evergreen forests, while 10% is mixed deciduous forest.

General Information
» Located in Phetchaburi province of Thailand
» Area about 2,915 square kilometers
» Established in 1981

Climate
Humidity is high all year round. The Park receives heavy rain during the rainy season (August to October) while the weather is cool for rest of the year. The Park is closed during the rainy season.

How To Reach
Phetchaburi is 115 kilometers from Bangkok. One can enter the Park by many roads.

» Take the Highway No. 4 to Phetchaburi. 6 km short of Phetchaburi is a turn-off road to the right. Move ahead on the route till it intersects Route No. 3499. Turn right to reach the Park headquarters.

» If driving from Phetchaburi, move for 20 kilometers on the Highway No 4 towards Tha Yang district. Turn right and keep on moving for 38 km to reach the Park.

Accommodation & Facilities
Bungalows and campgrounds available. Facilities like grocery shop and restaurant are also available in the Park.

Address
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Amphur Kaeng Krachan
Phetchaburi - 76170