Catagorize: National Parks & Marine Reserves
The area covers two districts,SaiYok and Thong PhaPhume,with an area of 598,750 rai. It has been declared as a national park on October 27, 2523. The National park is 104 Kilometers away from Mueng District, located on highway 323 (Kanchanaburi-SaiYok-Thong PhaPhum) at km 82. The area is mostly covered with Limestone Mountains. It is comprised of Mixed Deciduous Forest and Tropical Evergreen Forest. It is the only place in Thailand where the smallest bat, Kitti bat, and new kind of freshwater crab, Poo Rashinee, can be found. During the Second World War, SaiYok was used as a military camp for Japanese army. The traces of rice cooker and the remains of fireplace can still be seen even today. Moreover, traces of Paleolithic People were discovered there as well.
There are many interesting tourist attractions, for example, SaiYokYai waterfall or Kao Jone waterfall. Its name suggests how the way the water flows into KhwaeNoi River is similar to the act of ‘leaping’ (Krajone in Thai). It is located in SaiYok National Park where waster is full all year round. The current of water is strong during the rainy season. In the past, King Rama 5 has travelled there. In the National Park, there are several pathways for the visitors to explore the nature; they can also enjoy the view of the waterfall at a rope suspension SaiYokbridge.
Daowadueng Cave is also another spectacular tourist spot. It is 110 kilometers away from Kanchanaburi Town Centre and akilometer from KhwaeNoi River and located up in the mountain. Visitors travelling by cars can assess the cave by going through SaiYok National Park, turn left towardsDaowadueng temple and go straight for 2.5 km. Daowadueng Cave has several shapes of beautiful stalactites, such as, chandelier, prang and pagoda. The air is cool inside the cave but it is completely dark. Flashlight or Lantern is needed and it is recommended to bring a guide along.
Admission fees are varies. It is 40 baht for Thai visitors and 20 baht for a child, while it is 400 baht for foreigners and 200 baht for a child. Around the National Park, facilities are provided. There are foodcourt, rafts and boats for rent, places for camping and putting up tents. For more information, please contact Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Bang Khen District, 02-5620760.