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Khao Kitchakut National Park

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Khao Kitchakut National Park’s peaks rise to 1,085 metres and burst with jungle and wildlife. The main attractions are a series of mountaintop shrines drawing Buddhist pilgrims for only two months per year, and a waterfall, Nam Tok Krathing, that’s easy to reach from park headquarters all year round.





The park’s 59 square kilometres follow a mountain range that’s clearly visible from Chanthaburi town, located 30 kilometres to the south, and these continue into the adjacent Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary. The mountains source the Chanthaburi River while adding much to the province’s scenic appearance.

The falls are quite impressive. Photo taken in or around Khao Kitchakut National Park, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

The falls are quite impressive. Photo: David Luekens

The park is home to barking deer, serow, gaur, elephant and more than 50 types of birds along with many reptiles and other creatures. While the area close to headquarters is fine for birding and there’s always a chance of spotting a snake or two, you’re unlikely to see larger animals. Unlike larger parks like Khao Yai or Kaeng Krachan, Khao Kitchakut is not much of a trekking destination and most of the terrain lies untouched by humans.

Beginning a few hundred metres from the car park at headquarters, Krathing Waterfall features 13 tiers ranging from water splashing over a boulder to a dramatic 10-metre drop followed by a longer plunge down a steep rock face. The well-maintained trail begins at the relaxing lower tiers where the clear, cool water flows into pools filled with brook carp.

We like the bridges and swimming holes along the way. Photo taken in or around Khao Kitchakut National Park, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

We like the bridges and swimming holes along the way. Photo: David Luekens

From there the trail steepens for a climb that we didn’t find all that strenuous, mainly because we could stop to rest at all of the different tiers along the way. Do try to make it up to tier nine and above—only from these upper points can you appreciate the full glory of the falls and take in a vista of farmland stretching all the way to the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia. At several spots you’ll find small pools deep enough ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
If going from Chanthaburi town on your own, take Highway 3249 north for 30 km and look for signs pointing right to Krathing Waterfall a few km after passing through Khao Kitchakut town, where Wat Phluang is easy to find if you’re doing the pilgrimage. Expect to pay around 800 baht for a round trip by songthaew (total not per person) from Chanthaburi town.

Khao Kitchakut National Park
30 kilometres north of Chanthaburi on Route 3249
Mo–Su: 08:00–16:30
T: (081) 945 0049 
http://nps.dnp.go.th/parksdetail.php?id=6&name=KhaoKhitchakutNationalPark
Admission: For foreigners: 200 baht for adults 100 for children

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