The main attraction near the visitor centre is a waterfall that cascades over 15 metres into a pool suitable for swimming.
At time of writing, a raised walkway was being constructed to make reaching the waterfall easier. If passing by, this is a fine place to stop for a refreshing dip and there is rarely more than a few people here, especially on weekdays. Further afield are some hiking trails and a handful of smaller waterfalls and viewpoints, though park officials recommend that a guide accompanies visitors to these as trails are not clearly marked.
Across the road from the main gates to Khao Laem is a second section of the park known as Pom Pee, a grassy hill that slopes down to the shore of the lake and is an outstanding sunset spot.
Visitors can stay in simple fan-cooled cottages here for 600 baht on weekdays or 900 on weekends, and there is a small restaurant on-site. With that said, the officials at both the Khao Laem visitor centre and Pom Pee spoke very little English, so this could be a challenge if you don't speak some Thai. Burmese Inn, P Guesthouse and the Nature Club can all arrange day trips to the park.
How to get there
Buses and minibuses run regularly between Sangkhlaburi and Kanchanaburi and these can drop off and pick up travellers at the front gates of the park. Admission is 200 baht for foreigners without Thai work permits.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 26th June, 2013.