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Khao Laem National Park

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The main attraction near the visitor centre is a waterfall that cascades over 15 metres into a pool suitable for swimming.

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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.

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