Published/Last edited or updated: 4th June, 2017
Visitors can gaze over the mountain-rimmed Kaeng Krachan Reservoir from the top of a large dam or at water level from a boat.
As the national park’s namesake attraction, this 45-square-kilometre reservoir formed after the Phetchaburi River was dammed in 1965. The scenery is lovely and migratory birds arrive every year in March and April. A road lined with flowering trees passes a large lotus pond on the way up to the dam, which most Thai travellers consider a must-visit attraction in the area.
The water stretches to the east of a central portion of the park and you don’t have to pay for a ticket to view it from atop the dam in Baan Kaeng Krachan or Park Headquarters, where a nifty suspension bridge stretches across an inlet. It appears to have been built solely for selfies—visitors can walk on the bridge but the other side is blocked off and we didn’t notice a trail.
Excursions on the reservoir by longtail boat can be arranged at Park Headquarters for 600 baht and last 40 minutes. A boatman at the dam quoted us 800 baht for 45 minutes. Some of the restaurants just a kilometre or two north of Headquarters rent out kayaks and it’s also possible to go rafting west of the reservoir on the Phetchaburi River, near Pong Luek.
The reservoir can be viewed from various places in and around Baan Kaeng Krachan. To reach the dam from Park Headquarters, head north for a few km and hang a left just after crossing the river.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.