Close to the border of Myanmar, Kanchanaburi is Thailand’s third largest province. It lies towards the west of Bangkok. Every year, hundreds of tourists visit this beautiful province which has the best flora and fauna to offer to you. This place is a must visit for nature lovers and adventure seekers. This place has a rich history trailing back to World War II which can be known while visiting the Death Railways, the bridge over river Kwai, and a war museum.
Best Time To Visit Kanchanaburi Forest Reserve
Best time to visit Kanchanaburi would be during July to October when the temperature is cool and the weather can be enjoyed. Other times of the year are mostly either very hot or is raining.
National Parks In Kanchanaburi
With seven most exotic and diverse National Parks, Kanchanaburi has to offer a beauty with no bounds. For animal and wildlife lovers, reaching this place should be definitely added to the bucket list.
1. Erawan National Park
Found in 1975, Erawan National Park is the 12th National Park of Thailand, in the western part of the country. It is one of the biggest and the most acknowledged national park in the province of Kanchanaburi. The park got its name from the Hindu mythological creature, a white three-headed elephant. One of the major attraction of the park is the Erawan falls. The park features four caves and a hill named Khao Nom Nang. The forest is filled with deciduous trees and limestone hills.
Flora & Fauna: Macaques, Wild elephants, Indochinese serow, Indian muntjac, gibbons, wild boar, sambar deer, black naped monarch, dark-necked tailorbird, etc.
Timings: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Si Sawat 71250, Thailand
2. Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park
Also known as Tham Than Lot National Park, is another forest reserve in Kanchanaburi which is famous for its mountains, caves and waterfalls. Though it is the smallest national park in Thailand, the diversity of this place will surely leave you in awe. Than Ngoen is a famous waterfall here.
Flora & Fauna: The park’s forest is mostly deciduous with many bamboo trees and some dry evergreen trees too. The animals of this park includes leopards, tigers, gibbons, gaurs, etc. Common birds seen here are hornbills, francolins, Tickell’s blue flycatcher, coppersmith barbet, etc. The best seen creature here is a barking tree frog which is very uncommon in other places.
Timings: 8 am to 4 pm
3. Khao Laem National Park
Located in the northern area of Tenasserim Hills, and 1500 km towards the west from Thailand, this national park is known for the Khao Laem lake which it surrounds.
Flora & Fauna: The flora of this park is mostly mixed deciduous, hill evergreen and dry evergreen forests. There is a sanctuary located right next to this park, called the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary has a wide range of animals, consisting of large animals like gaurs, tigers, sambar deer, elephants, barking deer and wild boars.
4. Khuean Srinagarindra National Park
This National Park is a part of the Western Forest Complex protected area. This park is located in the Srinagarind reservoir. The park has many caves for tourists to explore. The park’s main attraction is the Huay Mae Khamin waterfall. The caves in this park has ancient paintings depicting stories. Two of the famous caves here is Tham Phra Kho and Tham Nam Mut.
Flora & Fauna: The forests are evergreen and deciduous and wildlife includes animals like civet cat, leopard cat, squirrels, bats, slow loris. Birds like parakeets, osprey, green peafowl, kingfishers, orioles, and barbets are found here.
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
Location: Si Sawat 71250, Thailand
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5. Lam Khlong Ngu National Park
Located in the Thong Pha Phum district, this park was established in 2009. The main attractions of this park are, the Nang Kruan waterfall, which is a huge limestone waterfall, the Kliti waterfall and the Monolithic Cave which also is the highest monolithic cave in the world.
6. Sai Yok National Park
This beautiful and secluded national park has few of the prettiest waterfalls and mountain ranges of Kanchanaburi. The mountains in this park are a continuation of the Tenasserim Hills. The river Khwae Noi runs to this park. The western part of this park touches the Myanmar boundary and the highest peak here is Khao Khwae. The park has few of the prettiest waterfalls, including the Sai Yok Yai waterfall which joins the Khwae Noi river. Caves like Tham Lawa and Tham Dowding are present here.
Flora & Fauna: This national park mostly consists of teak forests. Animals in this park include, wild pigs, gibbons, elephants, sambar deer, barking deer, tigers, Malayan porcupine, slow loris, serow etc. A wide range of crabs are also found here.
7. Thong Pha Phum National Park
This park is located on the margin of Myanmar. About 175 km northwest of Kanchanaburi town, this park approximately ranges 1236 sq. km in area. The park’s highest peak is Khao Chang Phueak. This park was established in 2009. Chok Kradin is one of the major attraction of this park, being a 30 m tall waterfall. Another large waterfall here is Khao Yai. Bi Deng, Huai Muang and Dip Yai are the other major waterfalls present here. Khao Nai caves have major images of Lord Buddha which adds to its aesthetic beauty.
Flora & Fauna: Trees of this park are mostly deciduous and animals include elephants, tigers, water buffalos, northern red muntjac, civet cats, Bird which are found here include hornbills, bulbuls and coucals.
How To Reach Kanchanaburi Forest Reserve
Kanchanaburi has no airport, but it can be easily reached via a bus or a trains or a cab from Bangkok. Minivans can also be hired from Khaosan Road in Bangkok. One can also reach Kanchanaburi from Pattaya or Ayutthaya via bus itself. All the journeys take approximately 2-3 hours to reach there.
Kanchanaburi is the perfect place for all forest enthusiasts. People exploring the wildest of animals and rarest of plant life should definitely make it a point to visit Kanchanaburi National Parks at some point of their lives. To witness the wildlife sheltered at this beautiful province, book your customized Thailand holiday package with TravelTriangle and see the nature’s beauty at its best!