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  Khao Khitchakut National Park
Catagorize: National Parks & Marine Reserves
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Khao Khitchakut National Park covers areas in Amphoe Makham and Amphoe Khao Khitchakut. This national park is the main headwater of the Chanthaburi River. There are tropical rain forest, hill evergreen forest, as well as deciduous forest abound in various herbs, wild orchids, and the rare eaglewood. There are copious wild animals such as guar, tiger, bear, deer, barking deer, serow as well as birds. Its creeks are also habitat for soro brook carp, red-tailed snakehead, and slender walking catfish.

Places of interest within the national park include:

Krathing Waterfall: a large 13-tiered waterfall originating from the Khitchakut Range. A return trip to Krathing waterfall takes 3 hours. Swimming is possible. The distance between each tier is approximately 20 meters, with the 8th and 9th tiers being the most picturesque. There are bamboo forests and various plant species along the way. It is a very spectacular site. There is also a large beach formed by sand washed down by a flash flood in 1999. The first tier of the waterfall is 100 meters from the national park’s headquarters.

 Khao Phra Bat Mountaintop: enshrined on a peak of the Khitchakut Range. The journey begins from Phluang Temple along a steep and winding non-asphalt road of 8 kilometers and some 1.2 kilometers walk further up the mountain. During the journey, there are rest areas for the travellers to pay homage to holy objects. The scenery from the Khitchakut or Khao Phra Bat mountaintop is a geological phenomenon related to Buddhist myths including the stone pagoda, the Buddha’s footprint, the stone in an upside down monk’s alms-bowl shape, the hermit cave, and gigantic stones that look like a turtle or an elephant. If you would like to keep on walking towards the Paa Daeng (red cloth) area which is the end of the walkway, you have to continue walking up the mountain for another 800 meters from the base to the Khao Phra Bat Mountaintop. There, from the breezy peak, the panoramic views of Khao Sa Bap Range, Khao Sukim, Ko Nom Sao and Chanthaburi province can be obviously seen. Especially during the period of the Chinese New Year through to the Magha Puja Day, a lot of people will go up to pay homage to the Buddha’s footprint during the day and night. (The elderly can rent a walking stick for 5 baht/each and use a stretcher service for 400 baht/trip.) The journey to the Khao Phra Bat Mountaintop can be made by traveling from Mueang Chanthaburi District, passing Khao Rai Ya Intersection, taking Highway No. 3249 for about 18 kilometers by using an ascent to Khao Phra Bat Phluang (a different ascent from the national park’s). When arriving at Phra Bat Phluang temple, you have to leave your private car there. (There is a parking.) Then, you can take “Song Thaeo” minibuses to go up to the ascent of Khao Phra Bat Mountaintop. The “Song Thaeo” minibuses that take you there are for 2 parts of the journey. The fare for each part is 50 baht/each. (Total 200 baht for a round trip). There are always “Song Thaeo” minibuses in service. It takes about 30 minutes to the starting point to walk up to the Buddha’s footprint. Contact details: Khao Khitchakut National Park Tel. 0 3945 2074

Khlong Chang Say Waterfall: located some 10 kilometers from the national park’s headquarters on the way up to Khao Phra Bat. It is an appropriate route for traveling through a forest and studying nature. It is a circular nature trail starting from the Safeguard Unit, with signs of natural interpretation along the way. It takes about 3 hours to walk through a 4-kilometer trail.

Khlong Paiboon Waterfall, Khlong Krasue Waterfall: big waterfalls suitable for playing water. Both provide peaceful ambiances. It is located near the Ranger Station Khor Kor 2 (Khlong Pai Boon) and 8 kilometers far from the office of Khao Khitchakut National Park. There is a campground provided. Tel. 0 3945 2074

In order to get to Khao Khitchakut National Park, take Sukhumwit Road, turn left at Khao Rai Ya Intersection into Highway No. 3249 for 24 kilometers by private car or take the blue “Song Thaeo” minibus, the Chanthaburi-Chanthakhlem route, at Tha Chalaep Post Office.

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