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Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

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The namesake mountain of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park rises to 1,397 metres, sourcing the Krabi River and contributing much to the province’s scenery. This is your place if looking to cool off at a waterfall and take a walk through the jungle without straying too far from Krabi town.

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The main attraction in this 50-square-kilometre park is Nam Tok Huai Toh, a pretty 11-tier waterfall that cascades down a series of cliffs and slopes. If the lowest natural swimming pool is too crowded, take the steep trail to the right if facing the falls to discover several more secluded swimming spots higher up. The waterfall is an easy 500-metre walk from the visitor centre and the smaller Nam Tok Huay Sa Khe is even closer.

Cool off. Photo taken in or around Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Cool off. Photo: David Luekens

Beyond these waterfalls the park has no easily accessible attractions other than a two-kilometre nature trail. Asiatic black bear and Sumatran serow are among the mammals that live in the park, though you’re very unlikely to spot one near the falls. The park also contains at least 200 species of birds—hornbills sometimes glide around near headquarters and eagles soar above the higher terrain, where the rainforest thins to moist ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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