Kaeng Krachan Dam
Kaeng Krachan Dam
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ppraew🌷
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Kaeng Krachan Dam has the nice landscape.It has large area that you can see whole Phetchaburi river. You can take a picture with the view of mountains and Phetchaburi river.There is a long street so you can skate through the view. If you like nature and want to relax, I recommend this place.
Written July 20, 2021
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Onjira Sopon
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand9 contributions
Jun 2021
I'm would like to review this place is a reservoir of Phetchaburi province. Because I have been there and would like to invite everyone who is interested if there is a chance to go. Here everyone can go and take pictures. and soak up the natural atmosphere and the wind blows This makes it a suitable place for people who want fresh air.
Written July 20, 2021
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BrotherDragon
Singapore165 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
The Kaeng Krachan National Park, a famous place for its varieties of birdlife, is closed for three months till end October 2012 to allow it to rejuvenate, a wise and responsible thing to do by the Thai authorities. But I was assured that outside the park, the largest in Thailand, birding is still possible and rewarding around the Kaeng Krachan Dam area.

So off I went on a two-day trip with my bird guide, Mr K Birding Guide of Thailand tropical Birds Watch (Facebook ID). For a foreigner who is unfamiliar with the parks of Thailand, a guide is very necessary, otherwise one wouldn't know where to start.

Thailand has many guides, but I get along well with Mr K, who I find to be both knowledgeable, humorous and very service-oriented. He has a four-wheel drive vehicle and he came to pick me up at my Bangkok Hotel for the three-hour drive to Kaeng Krachan in the Petchaburi Province, to the south-west of Bangkok. It is linked to a fast highway and the roads are in good condition.

The place we went to is at a privately-run bird watching site named Baan Songnok. On its green and pristine grounds birds are aplenty. There's a large hide at the back where two small ponds attract birds to bath there in the late afternoons. In the early morning hours, the wild birds come out to forage the grounds for food.

It was such a delight to see the magnificent Kalij Pheasant, Golden-fronted Leafbird, both the Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughing Thrush, Orange-bellied Flower Pecker, both the Coppersmith and Green-eared Barbet, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Vinious-breasted Starling, Red Jungle Fowl, Large Scimitar Babbler among many others.

At Bang Songnok, one could have home stays there, order home-cooked Thai meals and a fridge-full of cold drinks. There are bird reference books and fruit feeding points which attract the fruit-loving birds. So all one has to do is to sit back and either see the birds up close or take photographs of them.

In the gardens, one could sit in a small chair and look all round for the birds that feed off the fruits of the trees and shrubs. There's never a dull moment.

In the late afternoons, a short drive away takes you to the picturesque Kaeng Krachan Dam area, where one could have a nice Thai meal and cold beer and watch the sunset.

The air is clear and fresh. Go during weekdays to avoid the crowds of the weekend. There are a number of small hotels and resorts dotting the landscape. I stayed at the All-Season's Resort, where accommodations are in the form of small chalets. They are basic, clean and adequate. There's air-conditioning and hot-water in the ensuite bathroom. Room stays come with breakfast.

On the way back to Bangkok at the end of the two-way trip, Mr K took me to the Bangpu mangroves, where I saw the diminutive but attractive Common Kingfisher, which is a seasonal visitor.
Written September 29, 2012
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Marie N
Perth, Australia164 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We visited twice. Once in the evening for a meal overlooking the dam at sunset. Beautiful and tranquil. The meal was nice. We then visited during the day and did a 45 minute boat ride around the reservoir with a local guide. Cost 300 Baht plus 40 extra as they go past an island with resident monkeys which they feed so be aware that the monkeys are very familiar with this and we had a few jump in the boat to get the food. Small info centre and a nice little coffee shop/restaurant. We did visit in the monsoon season so trails mostly shut. It is lovely spot and shows the ruggedness of the area. Nice way to spend a few hours. We were driven there but tours do run from Hua Hin.
Written August 20, 2018
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TravellingAround123
Cochrane, Canada96 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
We drove north from Hua Hin to the Kaeng Krachan Dam viewpoint taking some of the secondary highways (including #1010, #6005 and #4006) - its a wonderful casual drive through the Thai countryside! It took just over an hour, don't be in a hurry!

Great views of the reservoir can be seen from the Dam viewpoint. You can also take a boat trip around the reservoir.

We had a small lunch at the Wiroj Kaeng Krachan Rot Ded restaurant, which was one of the more popular spots, likely because of its proximity to the reservoir. You won't get really large servings of food at fire-sale prices (but, they did have english menus), however we did get a great table with a view and the beer came with a nice large bucket of ice.

Overall, it was great day trip, well worth exploring!
Written October 9, 2017
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desi d
3,911 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
I do like to visit dams and at first impressions this one is not one to say WoW in anyway but it has its own attractions, and I walked away very happy. At the beginning of the dam before you drive on the top of it you can turn right to a slightly elevated view point and it affords a few nice pics. While there we were approached by a very nice Thai man and asked us to talk a boat trip and I agreed to the price of 600 Baht, I’m sure we could have bargained but I had read previous reviews and the price seems more than decent to me for a private boat hire for 2 people for 1 hour. The boat trip was really the high point of my trip and as promised we went to the island called Diving Monkeys…it was incredible! Not only do the monkeys run and leap into the water and swim better than me but as the bananas sink the little devils literally take a deep breath and dive underwater to grasp the sinking bananas..what a sight! You can imagine our delight as 1 had sneaked aboard but decided human company was not to his liking and jumped, spread eagled from the canopy above our heads and splashed into the water. The views from the boat were excellent of the hundreds of mountain peaks surrounding us, I got some fantastic pics. My best description of our last stop was at a large rope bridge but instead of rope they used wire, unfortunately you can only walk half way across as it is in a state of disrepair. If you have time to wait or can buy fish food you will see rather large fish surfacing here, I was surprised at the size of them! The combination of the boat trip and the dam makes this a worthwhile trip..the diving monkeys alone made my day. 100 Baht for the bananas to entice the monkeys. Highly recommended and it just might make your trip.
Written December 14, 2015
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mikael.bjerrum
Copenhagen, Denmark665 contributions
Feb 2012
The artifical dam is not a must-see. Only interesting thing a sailng trip to Monkey island, watching the monkeys diving for bananas
Written November 19, 2012
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Jean M
Bangkok, Thailand92 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The dam is easy access and don t have so many shop around. There you can see a lake panorama not too bad with some small summits arlund and island inside. To go closer some resort or restaurant can offer 1000 thb boat trip (you can negotiate if low season down 600). 45-50 min to get near island with dozens of monkeys waiting for bananas... quite hungry and angry. So better go quick. The long tail noisy biat will go on on the lake trip up to a rope bridge you can walk half way because broken.
Finally it s enjoyable safe and family. But no more. I will not suggest during week end or hit season.
Written August 7, 2017
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Raviraj Sardiwal
17 contributions
May 2017 • Family
you can enjoy view of nature and mosquito repellant is necessary to apply they are present not in huge amount but still
Written May 19, 2017
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MewPingu
Bangkok, Thailand109 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
It was a good place to visit a part from the beach or to visit town in Hua-Hin. It was quiet and peaceful there, not many tourists. You can stay overnight there or just a day trip. There is suspension bridge but partly broken so it cannot be used but expecting to get the maintenance next year (2018)
You can rent a boat for half an hour ride, you may contact the Park staff for the boat ride or contact any resort there for boat ride. It should not cost more than 600-700THB for 6-8 seats boat. (Heard that if you book through hotel or resort will cost more)
There is particular area there where you can swim, please contact staff if you are interested.
Written April 29, 2017
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Kaeng Krachan Dam - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)