PANOEN THUNG MOUNTAIN K A E N G
K R A C H A N
N A T I O N A L
Photo & Story by Arut Hoimook
P A R K
After being closed for three months during the rainy season (August – October), Kaeng Krachan National Park is now open again for all nature lovers. This is Thailand’s largest rain forest National Park covering an area of 2,914 sq. km. It is located in Petchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces, just a couple of hours drive from Bangkok and less than an hour from Hua Hin.
Why not pamper your adventurous soul? Where is the nearest place to witness a sea of mist? Panoen Thung Mountain, Kaeang Krachan National Park is definitely the answer. All our outdoor equipment was packed and our 4 WD car hit the road heading towards the Park. After a drive of 1.5 hours, we were at the Park Headquarters to enjoy a magnificent view of Kaeng Krachan Dam and to complete the admission form. The road to Panoen Thung campsite opens and closes on a strict timetable. •
Heading in : 5am - 10am and 2.30pm - 3pm.
Out from capmsite 12 Noon - 1pm and 4.30pm - 6 pm.
We drove past Baan Klang Camp Site where bird watchers often come to observe birds, butterflies and exotic wild animals. More than 400 species of birds have been sighted here. As well as birds, elephant trails and giant black squirrels can be seen around the area. We arrived at Panoen Thung campsite in the late afternoon where we were to spend the night. The campsite was nice with clean bathrooms and surrounded by natural beauty. The Park Ranger allows you to cook your own food or you can buy meals from a small restaurant. Sunset over the mountain range is also recommended. We took a short walk to enjoy the spectacular view. The sound of gibbons woke me up as I was sleeping in my tent. After travelling a further 36 kilometres, I felt like I was standing in the front of the sea, but it was a blanket of mist over the lush green forest and hills below. It was the most unforgettable experience ever! The sun was rising through the mist and hornbill birds flew past us. We took a deep breath, something you could never do in Bangkok!
Contact Information: Kaeng Krachan National Park Tel : 032-467326 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Dec 3, 2013