Kroeng Krawia Waterfall
Kroeng Krawia Swamp – Bird Watching
The main attraction of Khao Laem National Park is the huge reservoir which covers a vast area stretching all the way to Sangkhlaburi district to the north. There are fantastic camping spots near to the water’s edge and unique fishing opportunities from floating houses on the reservoir.
Khao Laem National Park is in the north west of Kanchanaburi province, it covers Khao Laem Reservoir and the surrounding fertile forests in both Sangkhlaburi and Thong Pha Phum districts. The park was created in 1987 to honor the kings 60th birthday, it covers an area of 1,497 square kilometers. The huge reservoir central to the park is the water source for the Kwai Noi River and other important rivers in the area.
The parks headquarters are split into 2 sections. The main entrance to Khao Laem National Park is on the right side of the road if you are coming from the south. There is a large campground and walking trails leading to a stream and small waterfall. The best area for camping is at Pom Pee viewpoint which is the other section of the parks headquarters. Pom Pee viewpoint and campsite is slightly further past Khao Laem headquarters on the opposite side of the road.
Sangkhlaburi district is an unmissable destination to include on any camping trip or visit to the area. Sangkhlaburi is only 35km to the north of Khao Laem and Pom Pee campsites. The multicultural town, next to the Myanmar border, features a huge bridge made from teak which stretches across Khao Laem reservoir. There are also several ancient ‘sunken temples’ to explore by boat trip or kayak, the temples were lost when Khao Laem Dam was built in 1985.
Khao Laem National Park Headquarters and Pom Pee viewpoint are located just off the main road (number 323) that runs through Kanchanaburi province. The distance from Kanchanaburi town is around 200 kilometers. After passing Thong Pha Phum district, carry on for around 30 minutes until you see the sign for the national park on the right. The reservoir and scenic camping ground at Pom Pee viewpoint is slightly past the Khao Laem main entrance on the left side of the road.
The main road running through Kanchanaburi is usually very quiet, its ideal for tourists who wish to hire a car and explore the province at their own pace. The road is in good condition and is reasonably flat and straight all the way from Kanchanaburi town to the district of Sangkhlaburi in the far north of the Province. There are many great attractions in the area such as Ewaran Waterfalls, Huay Mae kamin Waterfalls, Si Sawat Reservoir and dam, Thong Pha Phum National Park, Sai Yok Noi/Yai Waterfalls, Khao Laem Reservoir and dam, Sangkhlaburi District, Hellfire Pass War Museum, Lam Khlong Ngu National Park and more!
You could easily spend a week or more driving around this area, camping or staying in bungalows at national park headquarters and stopping off at great attractions along the way.
With the mighty Khao Laem Reservoir at its heart and limestone mountains all around, the 1497-sq-km Khao Laem National Park is a particularly beautiful place. But despite the park’s size and potential, Kroeng Krawia waterfall, a wide, gentle cascade flowing through a small patch of forest, is pretty much all anybody ever visits. It’s 34km north of Thong Pha Phum along the main road and entrance is free. A park visitor centre lies across the road.
Another spot you can visit without your own transport is Kroeng Krawia Swamp, which can be productive for birdwatchers in the cool season. The trailhead is 5km south of the waterfall and you can walk around it in about two hours; rangers must accompany you.
There’s lodging and camping at Kroeng Krawia Swamp, but things are more inviting and attractive at Pom Pee, 9km north of Kaeng Krawia waterfall, which has sunset views over the lake.
From Thong Pha Phum, sŏrng·tăa·ou go to Kroeng Krawia waterfall (35B, one hour, every 30 minutes).
Covering an area of 1,497 square meters in Thong Pha Phum and Sangkhla Buri districts, Khap Laem National Park is a peaceful jungle sanctuary offering a wide selection of recreation activities. Namtok Kateng Cheng, a 23-level waterfall, is a popular leisure spot for visitors while study trails are also available for those who wish to witness a complex combination of tropical trees and wildlife animals. Beware to visit the waterfall during the rainy season, though. Guildes are available at the park’s office and accommodations and camping spaces are also available. Admission: 200 baht for adults, 100 baht for children.
Contact: Tel. 0 3454 6802 (VoIP), 0 3453 2099, or The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkhen, tel. 0 2562 0760. www.dnp.go.th
Getting there: About 190 km. from Kanchanaburi on Highway 323 (Thong Pha Phum-Sangkhla Buri), the national park is situated at Km. 40, about 30 km. to Sangkhla Buri.
Khao Laem National Park is a great place to take some rest with natural atmosphere, such as breathtaking and swimming at the dam. Visitors can also see fascinating sunset view at Pom Pee in the park area, which is known as the best to see sunset view in the western of Thailand. forest area is also a good place to absorb natural atmosphere while staying in Khao Laem National Park. This national park is situated in Thong Pha Phum district, Kanchanaburi.
After Vachiralongkorn Dam (Khao Laem Dam) was built by King Rama IX, the present king, in 9th January 1986, the area behind the dam was requested to be a national park and for celebrating 60 year-old of the king. Five years later, 8th November 1991, this area was finally approved to be the 67th national park in Thailand.
Khao Laem National Park covers an area of about 368,356 acres, completely covering forest surround the Khao Laem dam, Sangklaburi. In the forest there are many varieties of trees and high humidity like tropical rain forest. Some of the area was changed for agriculture purpose. 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.
To go to this national park, visitors can take a VIP Bus or mini bus from Kanchanaburi bus terminal in the city. The bus will go to Sungklaburi, but visitors can get off the bus at this national park on the way. Those who come from Bangkok can also take a first class bus (Bangkok – Three Pagodas Pass) from Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit), 5 AM or 6 AM.
Khao Laem National Park is a park of about 1,500 square kilometers in western Thailand, located in the northern area of theTenasserim Hills, Kanchanaburi Province. It is a part of the Western Forest Complex, a system of protected wilderness in theDawna–Tenasserim Hills area of western Thailand.
The park surrounds the Khao Laem Reservoir in Kanchanaburi province about 340 km northwest of Bangkok. It is cut through by Road 323. The vegetation consists of mixed deciduous, hill evergreen and dry evergreen forest. It is adjacent to theThungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated to the northeast of Khao Laem National Park. Large animals of the area include tigers, elephants, gaurs, sambar deer, barking deer and wild boars.
The Khao Laem National Park covers the fertile forest surrounding the Khao Laem reservoir. In Khao Laem natural sights – waterfalls, viewpoints, caves – come hand in hand with cultural sights – Mon bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Thailand and Bo Ong, an ancient Burmese chedi.
Khao Laem is one of the five national parks that were proclaimed to honor the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej on December 5, 1987.
Geography and Climate
The landscape of the park is steeply limestone mountain running on north-south axis. It is the water source of Kwai Noi river and other important rivers. The area has tropical climate influenced by southern and Andaman Sea winds and has three distinct seasons: rains from June to October (heavy rains in July and August), the winter from November to January with lowest temperature at 10 C and the summer from February to May with highest temperature at 38 C in April.
Flora and Fauna
The park consists of mixed deciduous, hill evergreen and dry evergreen forest, with wildlife habitats of bear, tiger, guar, elephant, sambar deer, barking deer, wild pig and many birds.
What to See
Kra Teng Jeng Waterfall – this medium-sized waterfall has 23 level, each level with its own unique form. The distance from the first to the highest level is 2 km. The path along the waterfall is suitable for experiencing various kinds of forests: banana forest, bamboo forest, evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest. The waterfall it is located 4 km from the park headquarters and a guide is advisible, as the path is sometimes not visible. The hike takes 2 to 3 hours. There is a viewpoint at the top of the waterfall from where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Khao Laem dam.
Kroeng Kra Wia Waterfall – this 5 m high waterfall flows year-round
Kroeng Kra Wia Pond – located near the waterfall, this pond and the field and forest around is great for birdwatching
Mon Bridge – Mon Bridge is a crossing between Sangkhlaburi and Mon villages. The 850-metre-long wooden bridge across the Songkaria river is a famous viewpoint overlooking the confluence of rivers Songkaria, Bikhli and Ranti.
Pom Pee View Point – from Pom Pee you can clearly see the scenery of the reservoir and also beautiful sunsets. The area is suitable for camping, birdwatching, sailing, swimming etc. Campsite is available. Located 2 km from the headquarters.
Khao Yai Viewpoint – this recently discovered area is suitable for camping. The park has been developing it in 2 days 1 night adventurous nature trail.
Bo Ong chedi – Bo Ong is an ancient chedi built in Burmese’s style. It is located on a small hill surrounded by a large swamp lake. Every year on the full moon of the 4th lunar month lots of people come to worship this sacred place. To get there take a boat from Ban Ta Pae in Thong Pha Phum district to Ban Bo Ong.
What to Do
Trekking routes and natural trails, birdwatching, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, caving.
Headquarters – accommodation, restaurant, parking
Kroeng Kra Wia Waterfall ranger station – accommodation, visitors center, parking
Pom Pee ranger station – accommodation, parking
Bungalows with fan and hot water sleeping 3 to 6 people are available at the headquarters, Kroeng Kra Wia Waterfall and Pom Pee ranger stations. Camping sites are available at the headquarters and Pom Pee ranger station.
By car or bus from Kanchanaburi.
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