Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park
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  • Badenhorst339
    Johannesburg, South Africa43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paradise
    The park is stunning, a birder's paradise! We camped in the park to have the opportunity of seeing a sun bear, and were rewarded at Phanoen Thung Campsite. Phanoen Thung is the better managed campsite, with spotless ablution and camp grounds, excellent, helpful and friendly staff. Ban Krang campsite is in a lovely location with a lot of wildlife in and around camp. However the ablution was beyond DISGUSTING, it needs an urgent upgrade. I found the staff to be on the lazy side as the campsites were not as clean as Khai Yai or Phanoen Thung and staff were also not friendly, actually found them mocking tourists. Management at Ban Krang can learn a lot from management at Phanoen Thung.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 6 May 2023
  • bkkflick
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing one day tour
    An amazing experience. As first timers to the park, we booked a private 1 day tour which was so worth it. Our guide Mong spoke good English, was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and was tireless in looking out for animals to show us. All in all, very professional. Mong also carried extra binoculars and a scope which was really handy for us amateurs and even reminded us about topping up on insect repellent! It was apparently a lean day for sightings (and I think I read that wet season generally is not great) but we were thrilled to watch families of gibbons and dusky leaf monkeys in the treetops, clouds of butterflies also spotted a mouse deer, water monitors and all manner of weird insects and birds including hornbills and eagles (I am not the birder in the family!). Mong also spotted recent panther prints. The view from the second campsite at the top of the hills is stunning but be warned, the drive up is extremely bumpy. A long, tiring day but for all the best reasons. Already planning our next trip.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • tomo4567
    London, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Had a great experience with a local guide (from national park). We were walking around three hours through the jungle. The guide was very knowledgeable and found spiders, birds, monkeys which one would never spot. He told interesting stories and facts about the wild elephants, black panthers and other flora and fauna . Btw: the day after other visitors could spot a black panther there right next to the road. I had my own driver and tour guide, which was a good decision. From Hua Hin it takes around 1,5 hours in one direction.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 January 2024
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joancollins69
Melbourne, Australia448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I had a 3 day tour through excellent Tontan Travel and saw many amazing sites
Very good for bird watchers of which I'm not one
But still saw amazing wildlife from langurs to a sun bear
Very clean park and the Cafe at the lower park had excellent coffee and vegetarian eats
Written 4 April 2024
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tomo4567
London, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Had a great experience with a local guide (from national park). We were walking around three hours through the jungle. The guide was very knowledgeable and found spiders, birds, monkeys which one would never spot. He told interesting stories and facts about the wild elephants, black panthers and other flora and fauna . Btw: the day after other visitors could spot a black panther there right next to the road.
I had my own driver and tour guide, which was a good decision. From Hua Hin it takes around 1,5 hours in one direction.
Written 15 January 2024
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Peters P
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Just back from a family trip to this national park with three kids (8, 9 and 11 years old). As a birding and wildlife enthusiast this was a GREAT EXPERIENCE. Also for the kids. Many animals seen, especially the beautiful dusky langurs and white-handed gibbons. Also we were lucky and saw one sunbear and one gaur and a couple of malayan purcupines. And a plethora of birds and butterflies.

Stayed two nights camping at Ban Krang Campsite where we rented tents and gear. LOVELY and HELPFUL STAFF and hearty food at the small restaurant (closes late afternoon so stock up on instant noodles or get a rice dish "to-go" and keep it for dinner). When we went to bed in the evening there would be thousands of fireflies in the dark giving everything a magic touch, and in the morning we woke up listening to the song of the gibbons. What's not to like? One afternoon we saw a very peaceful little sunbear on the fringes of the campsite behind the kitchen, and at night porcupines could be seen when we spotlighted with a strong torch. Campsite itself also quite good for birding. We hired a GREAT GUIDE at the campsite one day and he was very knowledgeable and good at spotting birds and wildlife. Camping in nature is of course always a bit basic and uncomfy, but it is a fantastic way to experience the wilderness if you are a bit adventurous and prepared to go roughing it a little bit.

Also stayed two nights outside the park at the Baan Maka Nature Lodge which was also very good - to our family this gave the perfect mix so we could explore the park over several days without rouging it too much (and we saw a leopard cat ((Prionailurus bengalensis) when walking the nature trail at the lodge premises after dinner one evening).

We booked a car/driver and a birdwatching guide for two days for our tours into the park through TONTAN TRAVEL. That worked EXCELLENT. Very knowledgeable and hard-working guide striving to find interesting birds, reptiles and mammals for us. They took us all the way up to Phanoen Thung Campsite one day and the other day we primarily spent at the lower sections between the two campsites and between the park entry gate and the first camp-site. Tontan travel also helped is book transfers from Bangkok and futher south after our stay in the park and that also worked very smoothly.

This national park is great. Not many tourists when we were there and a good wilderness vibe. Most of it is dense jungle, so very difficult to spot mammals apart from the daytime-active squirrels and langurs/gibbons, and only very limited possibilities to do spotlighting after dark (only on campsite grounds hence have to sleep overnight at the campsites inside the park at least for part of the stay if spotlighting is of interest). Only one road leads into the park so you end up walking/driving quite a bit back and forth this route when optimizing chances for spotting birds and other wildlife.

If you are a little bit serious about seeing birds and wildlife and experiencing a fascinating ecosystem I would highly recommend this park.
Written 27 July 2023
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bkkflick
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
An amazing experience. As first timers to the park, we booked a private 1 day tour which was so worth it. Our guide Mong spoke good English, was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and was tireless in looking out for animals to show us. All in all, very professional. Mong also carried extra binoculars and a scope which was really handy for us amateurs and even reminded us about topping up on insect repellent! It was apparently a lean day for sightings (and I think I read that wet season generally is not great) but we were thrilled to watch families of gibbons and dusky leaf monkeys in the treetops, clouds of butterflies also spotted a mouse deer, water monitors and all manner of weird insects and birds including hornbills and eagles (I am not the birder in the family!). Mong also spotted recent panther prints.
The view from the second campsite at the top of the hills is stunning but be warned, the drive up is extremely bumpy.
A long, tiring day but for all the best reasons. Already planning our next trip.

Written 22 July 2023
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Jimbob
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We had a 2 day herping tour in and around Kaeng Krachan National park superbly organised by Tontan Wildlife travel tours. Our guides Ton and Bank worked tirelessly day and night and we had many sightings of 11 different species of snakes.
Their passion for all natural history is only matched by their uncanny ability to spot reptiles in all kinds of habitats. Our photographic opportunities were frequent and absolutely amazing. You will have a great time enjoy many laughs and although arriving as a customer you will definitely leave as a friend. I simply can't recommend Tontan too highly.
Written 14 May 2023
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Badenhorst339
Johannesburg, South Africa43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The park is stunning, a birder's paradise! We camped in the park to have the opportunity of seeing a sun bear, and were rewarded at Phanoen Thung Campsite. Phanoen Thung is the better managed campsite, with spotless ablution and camp grounds, excellent, helpful and friendly staff. Ban Krang campsite is in a lovely location with a lot of wildlife in and around camp. However the ablution was beyond DISGUSTING, it needs an urgent upgrade. I found the staff to be on the lazy side as the campsites were not as clean as Khai Yai or Phanoen Thung and staff were also not friendly, actually found them mocking tourists. Management at Ban Krang can learn a lot from management at Phanoen Thung.
Written 6 May 2023
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regm889
Bangkok, Thailand888 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Nice park, lake, dam site suspension bridges, boat rides, greenery, cycle tracks, birds, sunset everything you need to relax. Many resorts around
Written 1 May 2023
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Mi L
Hong Kong, China121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Wonderful place for birds & wild animals watchers.
If you start journey early, you can refresh your mild, you can put down all digital products (except camera) to enjoy in national park and listen nature symphony (Birds, Gibbons, windy, leaves, etc.).
Written 20 March 2023
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Kathy T
London, UK238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
An amazing Christmas experience in Khaeng Krachan, where we saw and heard a large number of animals, including stump-tailed macaques, a family of Gibbons, a Black Panther (that was the really lucky one!), hornbills (greater and oriental pied), serpent eagles, pit viper, and so many more (our list got to over 50 species inc birds). We travelled as a family of 3, with an 11-year old child.
We had a fantastic guide called Mong through Tontan Travel Wildlife Tours, who had a great ability to spot things and then zoom in on them with his telescope for us to see. The tour company also provided a good open-topped truck (great for viewing but bring a jacket for the wind!) and driver and took us to good places for lunch each day.
We stayed just outside the park at Baan Maka nature lodge, which was also very good.
Written 21 January 2023
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jphartmann139
Chiang Rai, Thailand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had a really nice relaxing day here, well worth a visit while you are in Cha am or Hua-Hin or just passing through
Written 24 July 2022
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