Photo: A damn good view from a dam.

Kaeng Krachan Reservoir

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Visitors can gaze over the mountain-rimmed Kaeng Krachan Reservoir from the top of a large dam or at water level from a boat.

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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.

A bridge to nowhere. Photo taken in or around Kaeng Krachan Reservoir, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

A bridge to nowhere. Photo: David Luekens

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 ... Travelfish members only (Around 100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
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.

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