Lam Takong Lake, which is also the name of the local river that the lake feeds, lies to the northeast of Pak Chong.
Surrounded by lush and pristine green mountains, this relatively large lake is one of Thailand's most scenic, and it's a protected area so there is literally zero development directly around most of it. While we were unable to find anyone offering kayak rental or lake tours, Lam Takong may still be enjoyed from Suranaree Park, located on the left off Mittraphap Rd if heading northeast towards Nakhon Ratchasima.
Named after the same infamous lady as the central monument of Nakhon Ratchasima, Suranaree is a pleasant park filled with flowers and trees and excellent views of Lam Takong. It's a very peaceful place; bring a picnic and relax with the views and cool Pak Chong air. If hotter than normal it's possible to swim towards the park's northern end.
How to get there
To get here, take a motorbike or car, or bargain with a songthaew driver, and follow Mittraphap Rd out of Pak Chong to the northeast. The park will appear on the left after a long stretch of restaurants with lake view patios.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd December, 2014.