Is it luck that Thailand's biggest city is situated just a tad over 2 hours from its biggest national park, or something more? Yeah, probably luck. Still, for those who crave an escape from the 8.5 million inhabitants of the capital, Kaeng Krachan is a veritable cornucopia of beauty, adventure and wildlife just begging to be explored. Interested? Neat. Here's a little bit of what you can look forward to.
For starters, don't be discouraged by the fact that immediately surrounding the Kaeng Krachan Reservoir there are a host of restaurants and even a golf course. Because the park is located so close to the beach resort town of Hua Hin, it's typical to come across tourists bemoaning their mosquito-bitten station near the park entrance. Have no fear, however: they rarely venture far into the park.
Within these magnificent borders are plenty of accessible attractions, including hikes up the 1,207 m Panoen Thung Mountain, panoramic vistas from Khao Pakarang (also known as Coral Mountain), bountiful multi-tiered waterfalls like the Pala-U and Thor Thip and a handful of cool caves. Those with a hankering for river-rafting can paddle down the scenic Phetchaburi, and should you feel like extending your stay after a long day of adventuring there are several camp sites/bungalows to choose from. Resources are often a bit scattered, so be sure to do your research ahead of time (our links should help) in order to get the most out of your trip to Thailand's biggest national park.
Note:There is exceptional wildlife diversity in Kaeng Krachan, though much of it will go unseen during your visit. For those who enjoy birds and butterflies, however, you won't leave disappointed.