Kaeng Krachan National Park
The most extensive national park of Thailand, occupying a largely unexplored area of 2,915 square kilometers (1.7 million rai of land), Kaeng Krachan was declared a National Park on 12 June 1981. The park is located 53.5 kilometers from the city and is 3 kilometers beyond Khuean Kaeng Krachan (Kaeng Krachan Dam).
KaengKrachan national park is the biggest National Park in Thailand with the area of 2,915 squarekilometers or 1.8 million rai. It was certified as one of the national park on 12th June 1981 counting the territory from the reservoir and the forest over the Dam as the national park’s area. This dam is the water source of many rivers. Most of the areas are alternating hills in the Tanaosri mountain range with the wet evergreen forest landscape. The highest mountain peak in this area is Kao NgaNganNikYuang Tong (1,513 meters) which is in joint area of Thailand and Myanmar. The second highest mountain peak is Kao PanernToong with the height 1,207 meters from the mean sea level. From the ridge of the dam, there is a road to the office of KaengKrachan National Park. KaengKrachan was nominated the Natural Tourist attraction Award in year 2008. Interesting places inside the national park are the lake, Kao PanernToong, PanernToong Camp, Baan Krang Camp, Pranburi waterfall, Mae Sa-iang waterfall, Hua Chang cave, Kao Pakarang cave, Kao Pakarang, KaengKrachan national park. The route to take to KaengKrachan National Park; If the travellers travel on their own car, use the number 35 highway to Amphur Pak Tor, Ratchaburi, then take the number 4 highway to the city of Petchaburi until you arrive at Ta Yang junction. Turn right to Amphur Ta Yang and go straight on highway number 3499 for around 30 kilometers, you will arrive at AmphurKaengKrachan. It takes around 4 kilometers from the entrance to the office of the national park. If the travellers decide to take the bus, take the Bangkok- Ta Yang bus. Get off at Ta Yang market then take the minibus to KaengKrachan market. After that, take the taxi or the motorcycle to the office. In addition, the travellers can also choose the Piya 666 van from Bangkok ( in front of Century, SoiRangnam, Victory Monument). The van will park at KaengKrachan District Police Station. Then, take the bus to the national park office. From Bangkok, contact 084-464-6536. From Petchaburi, contact 089-231-5810 and from KaengKrachan contact, 086-308-0174. Admission fee is 300 bath for adults and 200 bath for chrildrent.