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Khao Laem National Park

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Best Time: November - February Read More

Ideal duration: 3-4 days

Nearest Airport: Suvarnabhumi Airport Check Flights

"A jungle retreat in the heart of Thailand"

Khao Laem National Park Tourism

Situated in Bangkok, it is located to the northwest of Kanchanaburi province, near the Sangkhlaburi district. This national park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and was made to honour the 60th anniversary of King Bhumipol Adulyadej on December 5, 1987. The epitome of floral and faunal diversity, Khao Laem National Park is surrounded by deep fertile forests and sunken temples, this national park has a lot to offer. Khao Laem is also famous for its serene houseboat experiences that shouldn’t be missed at all.

Khao Laem National Park is famous for the huge reservoir- Khao Laem lake, that covers the area from Sangkhlaburi district to the northern regions of the park. The national park has beautiful camping spots and floating houseboats on the reservoir for an enchanting stay experience. Khao Laem has Thailand’s longest wooden teak bridge- Uttamanusorn, or ‘Mon bridge’ measured at 850 metres long.

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Places to Visit

Khao Laem Lake - Khao Laem lake is a man-made reservoir surrounded by the deep forests of Khao Laem National Park. It is the highlight of the national park and attracts tourists the most. One can hire a long tail boat from Sangkhlaburi to discover this enchanting beauty. Koreng Kra Wia Waterfall and Kra Teng Jeng Waterfall- Apart from the mystical lake, Khao Laem national park has got some exotic and soul soothing waterfalls as well. Koreng Kra Wia and Kra Teng Jeng Waterfalls are two of them. Mon bridge- One should definitely visit the largest wooden teak bridge of Thailand i.e. the Mon bridge, which is a crossing between Sangkhlaburi District and Mon village. Mon village- The national park also has some sunken deep explorable sites, which includes the remains of the mon village that was flooded till the top end after the construction of Vijiralongkorn Dam. Pom Pee point- Pom Pee point is located 2 km away from the headquarters. It is a beautiful viewpoint from where one can cherish the tranquil scenery of the Khao Laem reservoir and enjoy the gorgeous sunset.

Things to do

Inside the National Park, the tourists can trek through the routes made to explore the forest and other attractions enjoy walking through the natural trails. Various other activities are offered on a pay-to-enjoy basis inside Khao Laem, like, rafting, canoeing, kayaking etc. While exploring the national park one can also go bird-watching and try to spot species endemic to the region and even go caving!

Itinerary

On the first day, one can take a direct taxi from Suvarnabhumi airport to Khao Laem national park that will take approximately 5 hours to reach. Head to Pom Pee point and rest there, making your tent on the campground as you watch the sun set over the park. On the next day dive into the forests of the national park to explore the diverse range of flora and fauna. After that head to see the mesmerising waterfalls. On the third day, visit mon bridge and indulge into activities like kayaking, canoeing, rafting in the Khao Laem lake and end up taking some souvenirs from the Mon market. On the last day enjoy sight-seeing by visiting the Bodhgaya pagoda, the sunken temple, and other mystic shrines and then end the day by leaving for Suvarnabhumi again.

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How To Reach Khao Laem National Park

Located in the northern region of the Kanchanaburi province, the Khao Laem National Park is situated 300-odd km away from the capital city of Bangkok. It is recommended that tourists hire a car and drive north to the national park, the scenic beauty of the landscape is sure to be worth the 4-hour drive. 

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