Photo: On the hike to Thor Thip waterfall.

Waterfalls, caves and wildlife observing

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A hike into the wilderness of Kaeng Krachan National Park is the best way to spot some of the hundreds of bird species and other animals that thrive here, and while some trails were cut simply for enjoying nature walks most lead to spooky caves and refreshing waterfalls.

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Apart from the trail to Pala-U Waterfall, the main central road, the “orchid trail” near Phanoen Thung Camp and the short trails near Ban Krang Camp, all hiking should be done with a guide. Rangers charge 400 baht for short excursions and 500 baht or more for a full day. They can be arranged at Ban Krang and Phanoen Thung camps; you’ll be lucky to get one who speaks much English. Experienced English-speaking guides can be arranged through Baan Maka, Kum Nang Paya and Samarn Bird Camp for 1,500 to 2,000 baht per day.

Just gorgeous. Photo taken in or around Waterfalls, caves and wildlife observing, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

Just gorgeous. Photo: David Luekens

Around Ban Krang Camp This is one of the best places in Thailand to go birdwatching. For a chance to spot banded kingfishers, pittas and partridges, among others, head down either of two nature trails that both run for around two kilometres. Both marked by signs, the first starts beyond the “youth camp” and the second begins where the road crosses a stream just west of camp. The stream crossings also attract hundreds of butterflies, while elephants and gaurs often hang out at salt licks found a few kilometres east of camp directly off the road.

Just past the salt licks to the east of Ban Krang, an unmarked trail cuts north for 500 metres over sharp limestone before ending at Tham Hua Chang, a dramatic cave named after a rock formation resembling an elephant head. This hike is ideal if you have limited time. On the way we noticed the shed skin of a large snake on a trail, and a small but lethal viper coiled on a branch. Our guide played dead when we asked what happens after ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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