Kaeng Krachan National Park

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Thailand‘s largest national park

Leopards, elephants and rare birds roam the mist-shrouded mountains of Kaeng Krachan, the largest national park in Thailand. Few if any of the kingdom’s natural destinations match this one for jungle and wildlife, but it does take some effort to explore.

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Established in 1981, Kaeng Krachan National Park contains 2,915-square kilometres of mostly old-growth forest stretching along the eastern slope of the Tenassarim Mountain Range, only 170 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. The wilds continue undisturbed into the Tanintharyi Nature Reserve to the west of the Burma border and Mae Nam Phachi Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand. Minimal human encroachment, high rainfall levels and several streams that feed into the Phetchaburi and Pranburi rivers result in exceptionally lush jungle.

Welcome to the jungle. : David Luekens.
Welcome to the jungle. Photo: David Luekens

The park’s location at the “junction” of continental Southeast Asia and the Malayan Peninsula means northern deciduous forest meets the tropical evergreen jungle typical of the Malayan/Sumatran region, creating a haven for many species. Wild elephant sightings are common and you have better chances of spotting a clouded leopard here than just about anywhere else in the region. Endangered mammals in the park include Indochinese tiger, Malayan tapir and Fea’s barking deer. Birdwatchers look for some 460 species including the white-fronted scops owl, ratchet-tailed treepie and banded ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,300 words.)

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