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“nice views and good biking area”
Review of Kaeng Krachan Dam

Kaeng Krachan Dam
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Private Half-Day Kaeng Krachan Water Reservoir from Hua Hin
Ranked #7 of 38 things to do in Cha-am
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

The Kaeng Krachan Dam is huge, and has several different part. there are lots of guesthouses, and restaurants in the area, and the area is also riddled with fantastic mountainbike trails, (if you know how to find them).

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Reviewed 19 November 2012

The artifical dam is not a must-see. Only interesting thing a sailng trip to Monkey island, watching the monkeys diving for bananas

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Reviewed 12 October 2012

Nothing much here except a pleasant drive. There are a few restaurants but they are aimed at locals. The cost of entering the national park for foreigners is prohibitive.

1  Thank meowf
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

The Kaeng Krachan National Park, a famous place for its varieties of birdlife, is closed for three months till end October 2012 to allow it to rejuvenate, a wise and responsible thing to do by the Thai authorities. But I was assured that outside the park, the largest in Thailand, birding is still possible and rewarding around the Kaeng Krachan Dam area.

So off I went on a two-day trip with my bird guide, Mr K Birding Guide of Thailand tropical Birds Watch (Facebook ID). For a foreigner who is unfamiliar with the parks of Thailand, a guide is very necessary, otherwise one wouldn't know where to start.

Thailand has many guides, but I get along well with Mr K, who I find to be both knowledgeable, humorous and very service-oriented. He has a four-wheel drive vehicle and he came to pick me up at my Bangkok Hotel for the three-hour drive to Kaeng Krachan in the Petchaburi Province, to the south-west of Bangkok. It is linked to a fast highway and the roads are in good condition.

The place we went to is at a privately-run bird watching site named Baan Songnok. On its green and pristine grounds birds are aplenty. There's a large hide at the back where two small ponds attract birds to bath there in the late afternoons. In the early morning hours, the wild birds come out to forage the grounds for food.

It was such a delight to see the magnificent Kalij Pheasant, Golden-fronted Leafbird, both the Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughing Thrush, Orange-bellied Flower Pecker, both the Coppersmith and Green-eared Barbet, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Vinious-breasted Starling, Red Jungle Fowl, Large Scimitar Babbler among many others.

At Bang Songnok, one could have home stays there, order home-cooked Thai meals and a fridge-full of cold drinks. There are bird reference books and fruit feeding points which attract the fruit-loving birds. So all one has to do is to sit back and either see the birds up close or take photographs of them.

In the gardens, one could sit in a small chair and look all round for the birds that feed off the fruits of the trees and shrubs. There's never a dull moment.

In the late afternoons, a short drive away takes you to the picturesque Kaeng Krachan Dam area, where one could have a nice Thai meal and cold beer and watch the sunset.

The air is clear and fresh. Go during weekdays to avoid the crowds of the weekend. There are a number of small hotels and resorts dotting the landscape. I stayed at the All-Season's Resort, where accommodations are in the form of small chalets. They are basic, clean and adequate. There's air-conditioning and hot-water in the ensuite bathroom. Room stays come with breakfast.

On the way back to Bangkok at the end of the two-way trip, Mr K took me to the Bangpu mangroves, where I saw the diminutive but attractive Common Kingfisher, which is a seasonal visitor.

5  Thank BrotherDragon
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

The river below the dam, clear water, cool, delicious food tourists to cruise up the steep slide at this point is dangerous for children Easy. If you do not stay overnight in order to swim. Food is inexpensive.

Thank gun06
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