Kaeng Krachan

Kaeng Krachan national park is the largest National Park in Thailand. Despite this the park is not very often visited by tourists. This park is located in Phetchaburi province, close to Petchaburi city and  Hua Hin. The Asian wild elephant can be seen by visitors here. A popular activity in the park is rafting on the two rivers that originate in this park; the Pranburi river and the Phetchaburi river. There is also a large artificial reservoir lake where you can kayak and catch fish. Other attractions in the park are the Pa La-U waterfalls, the Kaeng Krachan dam and the Khao Tao Ma Cave. Spread across the park are various camp sites and lodges. The park roads can be rough and unpaved so a 4X4 terrain vehicle can be the best transport option. Package tours to the park can be booked through local travel agencies in Hua-Hin (40 km away) and Cha-am (55 km away). Kaeng Krachan national park closes in the months August – October.

A zoo in Zurich, Swiss has an elephant park with the same name and is supporting the conservation of Kaeng Krachan National Park in Thailand. More info: www.zoo.ch

Camping in Kaeng Krachan
The park has several camping grounds where you can spend the night. As this park is close to Bangkok it is a popular place to go during weekends and national holidays. Be warned; during these days it can be full with hundreds of local Thais having a good time. Be warned: The park is only accable with a car and some parts only with a 4 wheel drive. On two wheels the risks of an accident or a dangerous encounter with wild animals are simply too big.

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More general information about Kaeng Krachan National Park
Full text on Wikipedia.
Extended information on www.thainationalparks.com.
Information from Thailand’s department for national parks.

Gibbon in Kaeng Krachan National Park. Flickr, Jason Thompson
Gibbon in Kaeng Krachan National Park. Flickr, Jason Thompson