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National Parks in Kanchanaburi province

in Kanchanaburi:

 details Erawan National Park details Chalerm Rattana Kosin National Park
 details Sai Yok National Park details Khao Lam National Park
 details Sri Nakarin National Park details Thong Pha Phum National Park
 details Lam Klong Ngu National Park

Erawan National Park

Erawan WaterfallThe Erawan National Park was designated in June 1975 as Thailand's 12th national park. It covers an area of 550 km² of high mountains and valleys. The eastern mountains rise to nearly 1,000 meters with shear limestone cliffs. These mountains protect the area from the eastern monsoon resulting in a low average rainfall. In summer the weather is sweltering, but it is cool between November and February. The main feature of the park is the stunning 7 tired Erawan waterfall.

Deciduous forest covers about 80 % of the park with Pterocorpus macrocarpus, Hopea odorata, Afzelia xylocarpa and Spondias pinnata being some of the dominant tree species. There are also dipterocarp, dry evergreen and bamboo forest. Wildlife surveys of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians have been carried out. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of elephants, gibbons, Siamese hare, flying squirrels, eagles, white-eyes, king cobras or pythons. Fish, crabs and insect are abundant in many steams.

Tourist attractions

The main attraction is the beautiful 7-tired Erawan Waterfall with its emerald green water and the beautiful falls. Also worth to see is the Pra That Cave with its strange shaped stalactites and stalagmites.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Erawan National Park
P.O.Box 107, Amphoe Si Sawat
Kanchanaburi 71250
Tel: 034-516 530

Chalerm Rattana Kosin National Park

Tham Than Lot Yai CaveChaloem Rattanakosin National Park is with its 59 km² area the smallest park in Kanchanaburi province. Its main features are fertile forests, steep limestone mountains, waterfalls and mysterious caves. The park was designated in February 1980 as Thailand's 17th national park. The forested, limestone mountains of the park are the watershed of Mae Klong river. The highest peak in the park is Kam Paeng Mountain which reaches 1260 meters.

The park is mostly covered by dry evergreen forest, deciduous forest with some areas of bamboo forest. There are many kinds of animal in the park, such as leopard, deer, white-handed gibbons and other monkeys. Over 60 species of bird have been recorded in the park, including Oriental Pied Hornbills, Francolin, Tickell's Blue and Red-Flycatchers and Coppersmith Barbets. A special type of animal is the water dog or also called the barking tree frog, a rare frog with a croak that is remarkably similar to a dog's bark.

Tourist attractions

The two Tham Than Lot Caves are the main attraction of this national park. It is a 2.5 km walk trail which leads from the smaller Tham Than Lot Noi cave to the bigger Tham Than Lot Yai cave on top of the mountain. The trail follows the course of the 3-tired Trai Trueng Waterfalls.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park
P.O. Nongprue, Amphoe Nongprue
Kanchanaburi 71220

Khao Lam National Park

Dai Chong WaterfallKhao Laem national park covers 1497 square kilometers of fertile forest surrounding Khao Laem reservoir in Sangklaburi and Thong Pha Phum districts of western Kanchanaburi province. Steep limestone mountains run on north-south axis. It is the water source of Kwai Noi and other important rivers. The park consists of mixed deciduous, hill evergreen and dry evergreen forest, which are the wildlife habitats. Animals believed living in the park include bear, tiger, guar, elephant, sambar deer, barking deer, wild pig and many species of birds.

Tourist attractions

Some attractions are the Dai Chong Thong Waterfall and the Kreng Kravia Waterfall with its Kreng Kravia Cave.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Khao Laem National Park
P.O. Box 15, Amphoe Thong Pha Phum
Kanchanaburi 71180
Tel: 034 - 519 001

Sri Nakarin National Park

Sri Nakarin Dam Lake The Sri Nakarin National Park is situated in Amphoe Sai Yok, Amphoe Si Sawat and Amphoe Thong Pha Phum district of Kanchanaburi province. Beautiful natural features abound including waterfalls, hot springs, caves and an island studded reservoir. The park was designated in 1981, and has a total area of 1,532 km².

The limestone mountains are covered in evergreen and deciduous forests, the origin of Kwae Yai river. Abundant wildlife includes leopard cat, slow loris, civets, squirrels and bats. Birds found in the park include parakeets, kingfishers, beeaters, orioles and barbets. The north side of the reservoir is an important fishing area for local people.

Tourist attractions

The breathtaking Huay Mae Khamin Waterfall gives nature lovers everything what they need. Close to the park there are also 2 hot springs located.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Khaoen Sri Nakarin National Park
P.O.Box 27, Amphoe Thong Pha Phum
Kanchanaburi 71180

Sai Yok National Park

Sai Yok Noi WaterfallSai Yok National Park is situated within Amphoe Thong Pha Phum and Amphoe Sai Yok districts. On the west it is bordering with Myanmar (Burma).

It became a National Park in 1980, with a total area of 500 km². The area is mountainous, mostly limestone mountains which run on north-south axis. King Rama V used to visit this place and take a bath in a stream.

Mountains and hills are covered by mixed deciduous and dry evergreen forest with bamboo forest. There is a teak forest along the Kwae river side. Wildlife seen in the park includes bull, red cow, tiger, wild pig, samba deer, barking deer and birds. Khun Kitti Bat (probably the world smallest bat) and Poo Rachinee (Queen Crab) are also found.

Tourist attractions

Without a doubt is the Sai Yok Yai Waterfall the main attraction of Sai Yok National Park. Some kilometres outside is the beautiful Sai Yok Noi Waterfall which is very impressive in the rainy season.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Sai Yok National Park
Moo 7, Amphoe Sai Yok
Kanchanaburi 71150

Thong Pha Phum National Park

With an area of 1,120 km² Thong Pha Phum National Park covers Amphoe Si Sawat and Amphoe Thong Pha Phum districts in the western Kanchanaburi province, bordering Myanmar (Burma). The forest is connecting with Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary, Sai Yok National Park, Khao Lam National Park and the forests in Myanmar.

The land is fertile and complex. The forested hills are believed to be accommodating many plants and wildlife including elephant, mountain goat, tiger, bear, buffalo, barking deer, civet and birds.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Thong Pha Phum National Park
P.O. Box 18, Amphoe Thong Pha Phum
Kanchanaburi 71180

Lam Klong Ngu National Park

The Lam Klong Ngu National Park is fertile forest complex in the Tanaosri mountain range. The area has a high diversity of forest habitat and wildlife due to its close proximity to Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary and Khao Lam National Park and Sri Nakarin National Park. The large, towering limestone mountains are the watershed for Sri Nakarin Dam Lake, and cover an area of 600 square meters.

Most of the park is of mountainous. The mountains are covered by mixed deciduous forest with Pterocarpus Macrocarpus, Afzelia xylocarpus, Xylia kerrii and Diospyros mollis. Wildife includes serow, elephant, barking deer, sambar deer, wild pig, Asiatic black bear, clouded leopard, tiger, macaque and gibbon.

Admission fee: adult 300 THB | child 200 THB

Contact:
Khao Laem National Park
P.O. Box 15, Thong Pha Phum
Kanchanaburi 71180

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