Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park
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bkkflick
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
An amazing experience. As first timers to the park, we booked a private 1 day tour which was so worth it. Our guide Mong spoke good English, was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and was tireless in looking out for animals to show us. All in all, very professional. Mong also carried extra binoculars and a scope which was really handy for us amateurs and even reminded us about topping up on insect repellent! It was apparently a lean day for sightings (and I think I read that wet season generally is not great) but we were thrilled to watch families of gibbons and dusky leaf monkeys in the treetops, clouds of butterflies also spotted a mouse deer, water monitors and all manner of weird insects and birds including hornbills and eagles (I am not the birder in the family!). Mong also spotted recent panther prints.
The view from the second campsite at the top of the hills is stunning but be warned, the drive up is extremely bumpy.
A long, tiring day but for all the best reasons. Already planning our next trip.

Written July 22, 2023
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tomo4567
New York City, NY24 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Solo
Had a great experience with a local guide (from national park). We were walking around three hours through the jungle. The guide was very knowledgeable and found spiders, birds, monkeys which one would never spot. He told interesting stories and facts about the wild elephants, black panthers and other flora and fauna . Btw: the day after other visitors could spot a black panther there right next to the road.
I had my own driver and tour guide, which was a good decision. From Hua Hin it takes around 1,5 hours in one direction.
Written January 15, 2024
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Badenhorst339
Johannesburg, South Africa59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The park is stunning, a birder's paradise! We camped in the park to have the opportunity of seeing a sun bear, and were rewarded at Phanoen Thung Campsite. Phanoen Thung is the better managed campsite, with spotless ablution and camp grounds, excellent, helpful and friendly staff. Ban Krang campsite is in a lovely location with a lot of wildlife in and around camp. However the ablution was beyond DISGUSTING, it needs an urgent upgrade. I found the staff to be on the lazy side as the campsites were not as clean as Khai Yai or Phanoen Thung and staff were also not friendly, actually found them mocking tourists. Management at Ban Krang can learn a lot from management at Phanoen Thung.
Written May 6, 2023
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KimmiWeybridge
Weybridge23 contributions
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Feb 2011
We booked a day out to the Kaeng Krachan National Park with Boat Tour included. I read information about this tour on the web and truly thought that we would be trekking through jungle in a jeep trying to view some of the wildlife (the thought of seeing elephants and elusive leopards in their natural surroundings would have been wonderful). This wasn't the case. There were some spectacular views as we entered the park, but the outer area of the park is used for farming (so much for jungle). We then drove further into the park and ended up a camp (in truth very similar to a boy scout site in the UK). This resulted in a walk through a `Nature Trail' in the jungle. The most exciting thing we saw was some butterflies! In fairness it is a very large park and we may have been unlucky in the tour operator we choose and where we entered the park. But we actually felt we had been really conned. As said the most exotic thing we saw were butterflies and the area (which isn't being farmed) is mountainous, so there is no way that elephants would live there. All in all I believe we were very naive. It was also an expensive day out to see absolutely nothing.
Written February 16, 2011
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lukeyp86
London, UK43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
300 baht entry for foreigners, regardless of whether you have a work permit or Thai drivers license. We camped at the 1st campsite (Ban Krang) for 1 night, and the 2nd campsite (Paneon Thung) for 1 night. Tents are 150 baht (2 man tent), sleeping bags (30 baht), mats (10 baht), pillars (10 baht) all for rent too. We had a saloon car, which you can drive up to the 1st campsite, but we had to hire a 4x4 to take us up to the 2nd campsite and then back down the next day (2000 baht for the car).
There are nature trails at both campsite you can take. During our two days there we saw porcupines, snakes, lizards, birds, butterflies, squirrels, jungle fowl, dusky langurs and gibbons.
The trek down to Thorthip waterfall is hard, but worth it. The views at paneon thung viewpoint are very nice, make sure you get up early in the morning to see the fog over the valley.
It is not a super touristy National Park, so expect few people, basic food available and not much English spoken by the staff.
I'd give the park 5 stars but I didn't see any elephants or leopards. ;)
Written April 14, 2015
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www.thai-bamboo.eu
Cha Am55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
This national park is just 50km away from cha-am! If i go with my guest i always stop for a dragon fruit farm and a sticky rice on the way! It is not just the destination you go for - it is the way to there!
When we arrive first drive on top of the dam and you get an amazing view, make your pics and go! Do not take the boat from here, they will overcharge you!
Then drive to the visitor center and have a look there! They show how big this national park is and also show you about the wildlife in here! If you like to see wildlife like elephant or tiger ...forget it or you should go there and stay 3 days and sleep in huts or tents!
We always have enough to see here without all those mosquito bites in the forest!! ;-)
After the visitor Center go the way back there is a restaurant on the left hand side with a big FANTA sign! We buy our bananas for the monkeys here and have cold lemon juice! From here we get our boat which cost you 700,-baht to the monkey island to feed the monkeys! They take a jump into the water to get the food...so watch your belongings!! sometimes they enter the boat ;-)
After monkey island you have now a rest to enjoy the view it takes 30 up to 40 minutes to temple island!
After all this years i went there, this is one place where you can make a picture with the monk. Buy some souvenirs and watch the pictures at the wall, this pictures gives you an idea how it looked before it was a dam / national park!
Now it is time to walk around the island!! Down the stairs...the one with the blue plastic pipes and then right! You will see thai Buddha statue and chines Buddhas! There are different colors on each Buddha and days! so if you know your birthday (monday or ....) then you know your color and character! ;-)
time to go back by boat and order a freshwater fish!! It is really a must if you like fish! a big fish with garlic!
Thats how i made this trip now for more then 50 times...enjoy the day
if you need any further advice...just contact me
Written May 15, 2013
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Roy
Amersfoort, The Netherlands10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Kaeng Krachan National Park is a beautiful park with a lot of wildlife. However tourism is not well developed and it is hard to do a lot on your own. Public transport only gets you to the information centre which is 30 km from the first camp site where the proper jungle starts. You’ll need a 4x4 to get around in the park and you do not want to get lost on the trails.
Therefore we decided to do an organised tour with a guide (Tontantravel). Then you only have to get to the visitor centre with the minibus and everything is arranged from transport to tents and from leech socks to food and water. Furthermore they know the trails and are very good in spotting animals, which isn’t easy in the jungle. We stayed for three days and this definitely made it more efficient and more pleasant. We saw a lot of wildlife, among others, banded and dusky langurs, gibbons, elephant, palm civet, mouse deer, porcupine and leopard besides a lot of birds and reptiles.
Written March 17, 2015
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Peter B
Kalasin341 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
We are currently staying in the Paradise Boathouse resort (review later) close by the entrance to the National Park. At the entrance gate I was told the entry price for my Thai wife would be 40 Thai Baht and for our two friends from England and myself I would have to pay 250 Thai Baht each. Furthermore as my car is not 4 wheel drive we wouldn't be able to drive the tracks in the park. I have lived in Thailand for 14 years and can get in most National Parks at the Thai price by showing my Thai driving licence, but not this one. I hate discrimination of any kind and this is about the worst I have come across during my time here.
Needless to say I turned the car around and left, somewhat to the embarrassment to the park staff.
Written January 12, 2015
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Olaf V
The Hague, The Netherlands53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
This park was high on our list. Somehow kaeng krachan is not well known by foreign tourist, albeit being the largest national park in Thailand. There are not that many organised tours either. We had to arrange a tour of the park via the resort we stayed. That worked out perfectly, we had a good guide (he was also a very good driver).

This park is one the best parks to see a great variety of wildlife. When walking the trails make sure to hire a guide or you get lost. There are no maps of the trails and they are not very good maintained. There are several campinggrounds in the park, which are visited by mostly Thai. A ranger told me a funny story about that Thai don't like to hike. They just want to camp out. Could be true, we never saw a soul during the hikes.

If you decide to go on you're own you need a car to get to the park. Walking on you're own only on main roads. If you want to go deep in the jungle you have to take the road up. You need a 4x4 or accidents will happen. If you are not an experienced driver hire a guide/driver.
Written January 13, 2017
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DAEsmae
Boise, ID669 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
This is a very gorgeous national park; while most visitors go to see the viewpoint at the top (and the traffic to see it is heavy), we went soley seeking wildlife viewing. We had hired a guide, and were glad we did - we found gibbons, dusky langurs, stump-tailed macaques, a swimming king cobra, and tons of birds, including many great hornbills and several falconets. There are several places to camp and camping is exceedingly popular on the weekend, so to maximize wildlife viewing options plan a trip mid-week. Cold showers and restrooms available; bring your own toilet paper. Food is available at the small restaurant run by park staff and I highly recommend eating there as proceeds go to the otherwise underpaid park staff; food is quite good in quality as well. Look behind the kitchen shortly after dark for the Malyan porcupine.
Written November 23, 2017
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