Our next Meetup will be a one-day trip to Kaeng Krachan National Park, the largest national park in Thailand (2,915 square km), but fortunately not the busiest. This national park is very popular with visitors for the opportunities it presents for rambling through the rich forest and the enjoyment of bird and butterfly watching. A number of you expressed interest in a 2-day trip to this park. However, for several reasons, we found it necessary to schedule this trip as a one-day trip.
What does this park offer? To quote the Lonely Planet guidebook:
Kaeng Krachan National Park is home to the stunning Pa-La-U waterfalls, and includes long-distance hiking trails that snake through forests and grasslands, past cliffs, caves, and mountains. Two rivers, a large lake, and abundant rainfall keep the place green the year round. Animal life includes wild elephants,deer, tigers, bears, gibbons, and 400 species of birds.
Those stunning waterfalls mentioned in Lonely Planet, the Pa-La-U waterfalls, will be our first stop.
This beautiful 11-tiered rock waterfall is located in the densely verdant forest in the area of the park where various kinds of birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning. Some levels of the waterfall can be reached along a trekking trail parallel to the stream.
Here are two photos of these waterfalls but you have to see the real thing to fully appreciate it:
After exploring the waterfalls area, we will go to another part of the park where activity choices will be:
- Stop at Ban Krang for bird and butterfly watching and a nice walk in the forest
- Choose from rafting (may not be suitable for retirees) along the river or a long-tailed boat around the lake (about 1 hr long)
- Hiking around the area... or just enjoy the forest and basin...
This trip will provide for different levels of physical activities preferred by different people.
Cost of the trip
- Transportation from Bangkok to the Kaeng Krachan National Park (including return) -[masked] baht (If you did this trip on your own, you would find that there is no direct transportation to the park.)
- Park entrance fee: 200 baht (for foreigners)
- Activity costs for those activities you choose (such as rafting or long-tailed boat)
There will be no advance payment required before the trip. (This is a change from what was stated in the earlier announcement.) We will collect the transportation cost of[masked] baht (depending upon the number of attendees) at the van departure from Bangkok.
We will be traveling in two large vans rented from a reliable company just for our Meetup group. The vans will depart promptly at 7:00 am (on Saturday, January 30) from the parking lot of Tesco Lotus at On Nut (a few steps from the On Nut BTS Skytrain station). The name of our group will be on a sign in the front window of the van(s).
People who have submitted a RSVP of "yes" will receive an email (4 days before the trip) with the cell phone number of the organizer and requesting their cell phone number.
Length of Trip
Departure from Bangkok: 7:00 am, Saturday, January 30
Arrival back in Bangkok: approximately 8:00 pm, Saturday, January 30
Here are some photos of other parts of the park:
Any questions? Just click on "email me" below my photo on the left.
Bangkok Travel Meetup