Kanchanaburi is rich in natural and historical attractions. As it is not very far from Thailand’s capital city
Bangkok, and it is convenient to travel by car or train, Kanchanaburi has been famous among international visitors for a long time. In this province alone are seven national parks. Khao Laem National
Park is one of them.
Located in Sangkhla Buri and Thong Pha Phum districts, this national park was established to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyade. As Khao Laem National Park is 190 kilometers from downtown Kanchanaburi, you should allow at least a half-day travel time if you set out from Bangkok. Its area of approximately 1500 square kilometers covers lush forests and the reservoir over Vajiralongkorn Dam.
Cruising in Khao Laem Reservoir to see magnificent views of islands and towering cliffs is recommended. This large reservoir is a result of Vajiralongkorn Dam, known formerly as Khao Laem Dam, built by the
Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand. The reservoir area is 388 square kilometers.
For those who like to explore a cave, you should not miss Kroeng Krawia Cave which is around 400 meters deep. Apart from beautiful stalagmite and stalactite, there is also a subterranean river in the cave.
Not very far from the cave is Kroeng Krawia Waterfall which is 5 meters high. The shady surroundings makes it a great place for picnic. Other waterfalls in the national parks are, for example, Dai Chong Thong Waterfall and the 23-level Krateng Cheng Waterfall.
There is a wide variety of wildlife living in the national park such as Lar Gibbon, Wild Boar, Siamese Hare, and Asian Small-clawed Otter. Kroeng Krawia Swamp is a nice place for bird watching.
The park opens every day and the admission fees are 200 THB for adults and 100 THB for children. It opens daily from 08:00 AM to 18:00 Accommodations and campsites are available.