Lam Khlong Ngu

“Lam Khlong” means canals and “Ngu” means snakes, which suggests where the name was from. It is believed that there was a big snake who eroded through limestones and created waterways and caves, which appear at the national park these days.

Lam Khlong Ngu owns verdant tropical forest home to a variety of wild animals, plants and insects. It is also home to a number of beautiful limestone caves such as Tham Nok Nang Aen, Tham Namtok, Tham Yai, and, most importantly, Tham Sao Hin, where you find Thailand’s tallest limestone column made of stalagmites and stalactites stood inside, measuring 62.5 metres in height. Dry season is the best period to visit these caves as the water level is not too high so you can see the natural beauty easily.

Visiting caves in Lam Khlong Ngu National Park needs advance arrangement of itinerary, necessary equipment for cave exploration, and preparation of physical fitness. Hiring a local guide is recommended.

Admission: 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children

Contact: Lam Khlong Ngu National Park, P.O. Box 4, Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi 71180, 08 6175 4786, 084 9132381

“Lam Khlong” means canals and “Ngu” means snakes, which suggests where the name was from. It is believed that there was a big snake who eroded through limestones and created waterways and caves, which appear at the national park these days.

 

Lam Khlong Ngu owns verdant tropical forest home to a variety of wild animals, plants and insects. It is also home to a number of beautiful limestone caves such as Tham Nok Nang Aen, Tham Namtok, Tham Yai, and, most importantly, Tham Sao Hin, where you find Thailand’s tallest limestone column made of stalagmites and stalactites stood inside, measuring 62.5 metres in height. Dry season is the best period to visit these caves as the water level is not too high so you can see the natural beauty easily.

 

Visiting caves in Lam Khlong Ngu National Park needs advance arrangement of itinerary, necessary equipment for cave exploration, and preparation of physical fitness. Hiring a local guide is recommended.

 

Admission: 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children

 

Contact: Lam Khlong Ngu National Park, P.O. Box 4, Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi 71180, 08 6175 4786, 084 9132381

 

Named after a creek that snakes through the jungle, eroding limestone cliffs along the way and turning them into large caves and grottoes with attractive stalagmites and stalactites.

 

Geography and Climate

 

Most of the Park is a maze of mountains running on north-south axis belonging to the Tanaosri mountain range. Due to the high mountains the weather is very hot in summer and cold in winter. The three seasons are the summer from March to May, rains from June to October and the winter from November to February. The sky is cloudy from June to September.

 

Flora and Fauna

 

The mountains are covered mainly by mixed deciduous forest. Thanks to its neighbour, the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, the wildlife is diverse and includes elephant, barking deer, sambar deer, wild boar, Asiatic black bear, clouded leopard, tiger, macaque, langur, gibbon.

 

What to See

 

Sao Hin Cave – located 6 km from the mouth of the Lam Khlong Ngu stream which flows through the cave, Sao Hin houses a floor-to-ceiling column formed by the joining of stalagmites and stalactites. At 62.5 it is the tallest rock column ever found in Thailand.  There are other spectacular stalagmites and stalactites of different forms within the cave. Sao Hin can be entered only by boat. Visitors have to land at Pare Nam Jone Pier and walk the 6 km (2 hours) from the mouth of the stream. The trail leads through scenic valleys and cliffs. Guidance by a national park official or local guide is necessary. February – April is the suitable period for visiting the cave, as the water level inside will be very high in the rainy season.

 

Kliti waterfall – the highest level of this 800 m long limestone waterfall is 20m high, some levels have pools up to 15m wide.

 

Nam Tok Cave – has an underground limestone waterfall, dropping down 17 levels, with the tallest being 20m high. There are spectacular stalagmites and stalactites there and about 30 prehistoric paintings of humans and animals on the cave’s walls. The cave is 2710 m long.

 

Nok Nang Aen Cave – located around the center of Lam Khlong Ngu. It is a spacious cave approximately 3 km long, with the Lam Khlong Ngu flowing through. It features the so-called Karst windows formed by the subsidence of the cave’s ceiling, which divided the cave into 3 roomy chambers that look like 3 connected train carriages. The cave is home to a large flock of swallows – Nok Nang Aen in Thai – and houses spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Advance arrangements and local guide is necessary.

 

NOTE: visiting caves in Lam Khlong Ngu National Park needs advance arrangement of itinerary, necessary equipment for cave exploration, and preparation of physical fitness. A local guide is a must. March – May is the most appropriate period for visiting the caves as the water level inside will be very high in the rainy season.

 

What to Do

 

Trekking, caving.

 

Facilities

 

Headquarters – accommodation

 

Accommodation

 

A camping site with tents for rent is available at the park headquarters.

 

Transport

 

By car from Thong Pha Phum or Kanchanaburi in Kanchanaburi province.

 

Park Renger Section 1 of Lam Khlong Ngu National Park is a place to contact for traveling caves around this area, such as Sao Hin Cave, Khang Khaw cave, Nok Nang Aen Cave, Namtok Cave and so on. Visitors usually come here to stay over a night because they would like to visit Sao Hin cave on the first day and Khang Khaw cave on the second one. To visit a cave in this area is not easy, so it take quite much time to see around.

 

Sao Hin Cave is one of most interesting cave in the area, though visitors require being healthy for this adventure trip. Visitors need to walk for 6 kilometers on a rough way and into a small pond. It takes approximately 2 hours. Visitors also need a national park officer as a guide to safely visit this cave. In the cave, there are a large column connecting the ground and ceiling, where this column is formed by the joining of stalagmites and stalactites. In the rainy season, it is not recommended to visit here since the level of water in the cave is really high. The recommended period is from February – April.

 

Nok Nang Aen Cave is as beautiful as Sao Hin Cave. As its name indicates, there are a number of Hirundinidae birds, Nok Nang Aen in Thai, living inside. It also houses spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. This cave is 3 kilometers long, where there is Lam Khlong Ngu flowing though. It is divided into three blocks, like 3 connected train carriages.

 

To visit these caves, visitors need to make a contact with Lam Khlong Ngu National Park, which is situated in Thong Pha Phum district. Unfortunately, there is no public bus for visitors to go to this park. Then, visitors will have to rent a car to be there or visit this place by an interesting offer from a tourist agency.

 

Lam Khlong Ngu National Park is a natural area, which contain fertile forest complex in the Tanaosri Mountain Range. There are caves, waterfalls, and a diversity of flowers and trees. Those who would like to take some rest in the middle of natural area will enjoy visiting attractions in this national park. However, some attractions can be seen as challenge destinations, especially caves, which suit only adventure visitors who never mind to climb a little climb and jumping into ponds during the journey.

 

Lam Khlong Ngu National Park covers an area of about 145,000 acres. On both southern and eastern sides of this park connects with the area of Srinakarin National Park. The highest mountain in the area is approximately 1100 meters high above the sea level. Most of this national park area is mixed between mountain and plain land with fertile forest complex. On its northern side, it is the location of Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. On the western side, Khao Laem National Park is situated. Because of surrounded by national parks, Lam Khlong Ngu National Park is a great area for recreation and discovering nature.

 

The climate here is similar to other parts of Thailand. Due to southern and Andaman sea winds, this area can be separated into 3 seasons – summer, rain season, and winter season. However, the winter is not as cold as the winter season in many other countries, especially the western ones.

 

Lam Khlong Ngu National Park is situated in Thong Pha Phum district. Unfortunately, there is no public bus for visitors to go to this park. Then, visitors will have to rent a car to be there or visit this place by an interesting offer from a tourist agency.

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