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Phetchaburi: Kaeng Krachan National Park

Phetchaburi is renowned for its diversity of attractions from beautiful beaches to old palaces and diverse wildlife in the largest national park in Thailand. Also, Thai desserts from Phetchaburi are famous as it is commonly known nationwide that palm sugar producers in Phetchaburi are among the best. After enjoying the time at beaches like Cha-Am, nature lovers should not miss Kaeng Krachan National Park.
Kaeng Krachan National Park is located approximately 180 km from Bangkok. The national park covers an area of 2914 km2 in two provinces; Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan, and that makes it the largest national park in the country.

Attractions at Phetchaburi

Diversity of birds and mammals are found in the national parks such as Asian elephants, tigers, barking deer, bears, masked pal civets, leopards, gibbons, hornbills, hawks, and eagles. Rare bird species like ratchet-tailed treepie and white-fronted scops owl can be seen here also. Some are endangered like Siamese crocodiles. It is believed that there are 57 species of mammals, 461 species of birds and around 300 butterfly species in this national park. Visitors can enjoy bird watching, sightseeing, and photography there.
Forests generate water. Therefore, there are a lot of scenic waterfalls, for example Mae Saliang Waterfall, Than Tip Waterfall, and Chonlanat Waterfall. A number of visitors also enjoy excursions by longtail boat on the reservoir. Cave excursion is possible as well. The famous caves are Wiman Cave and Khang Kao Cave.
Camping and trekking are quite popular. Tents can be rented at the national park headquarters, but not always available especially at a long weekend break as it is crowded. There are three campsites at the national park where visitors can buy food, and find clean toilets and showers.
Tropical rain forests are heavy with rainfall and high humidity, and may be dangerous for visitors. Some areas are closed from 1 August to 30 October annually for nature rehabilitation and tourist safety. It is advisable to ask the tourist service center or the national park headquarters for more information.