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Kaeng Krachan National Park


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  •  Address Headquarters: Tambon Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi
  •  Telephone: +66 3246 7326, +66 3245 9293, +66 86166 2991
  •  Admission fee: 300 THB for Adults and 200 THB for Children
  •  Website: www.dnp.go.th

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There are three seasons in the central territories of Thailand, Hot, Rainy and Cold, although temperatures are fairly hot year-round, ranging from an average low of 22° C in December to an average high of 35.4° C in April. The Cool Season is a cool dry period that runs from November to February when the monsoon blows from northwest. Considering its location in the tropics, the weather is still warm enough and the average temperatures range between 22° C and 32° C in the day and between 16° C and 22° C at night. As a result, this is considered the most suitable season to visit park, also because the streams and rivers are still swollen by seasonal rains. The Hot Season starts in March until mid-May with occasional rain. Park's area often has intense heat and high humidity, usually over 75%. During this time the average temperatures range from 26° C to 36° C. Sometimes there can be temperature peaks even higher than 38° C. The temperature usually hits its highest point in mid-April and May. This intense summer heat leaves residents eager for the upcoming rains, which begin sporadically falling after mid-April. The Rainy Season starts from May until October, influenced by the southwest monsoon during which rainfall is more frequent and intense. September is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 390 millimetres. However, as can be said for the term “cold season”, the term "rainy season" can be slightly misleading. While the rain during this season can be intense with furious storms and incessant rains, they usually do not last more than a day. Sunny days are also common during this time. The average temperatures range between 28° C and 30° C with humidity usually over 70%.


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Park's Headquarters is located in Amphoe Kaeng Krachan, about 60 km southwest of Phetchaburi town and only 186 km south of Bangkok. To get there from the capital, you can drive yourself a hired car, take a minivan until Kaeng Krachan town located just 4 km from the HQ, or use the public transport till Phetchaburi and then the minibus. In Bangkok you can rent a car at prices ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 THB a day, depending on the model and the rental company. At both Bangkok's airports you will find the offices of major car rental companies, such as Avis, Budget and Hertz, which offer excellent car covered with full insurance. Inside city, the local hire agencies offer cars of good quality at similar price, however sometimes, they do not have insurance that covers the full damage, so make sure of it before you have unpleasant surprises.
Path from Bangkok: Take Highway 35 from southwest Bangkok and follow it for 83 km until intersection with Highway 4, Phet Kaserm Road. Turn left and follow Highway 4 for 53 km until intersection with Road 3499 in Tha Yang District, 20 km south of Phetchaburi. Turn right onto Road 3499 and drive for 32 km until you reach Road 3432, immediately after Kaeng Krachan Town, turn left into this rural road and drive for another 4 km to get to the Park's entrance and Headquarters.


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There are two locations in Phetchaburi town where the minivans pick up visitors who want to reach the Kaeng Krachan National Park. The main spot is around the roundabout on the Phet Kaserm Road, Highway 4, adjacent to Petcharat Hospital, the second spot is 2 km to south opposite to Big-C supermarket on the same road. The main spot is recommended if you are coming from north, in fact the Phetchaburi's bus station is just a few hundreds meters to north, while the railway station is further away, about 2,5 to north-east, but still reachable with a short ride on taxi-motorbike or tuk-tuk. The best way to get to Kaeng Krachan Town and then the Park Headquarters from Bangkok is with the hourly minivan services that leaves from Pin Klao Bus Station, which is the old Bangkok's southern terminal located 5 km east from the new Sai Tai Mai Southern Terminal. It is located on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, as well as the new terminal. Pin Klao Bus Station is quite far from the city centre, and there aren't Subway or Skytrain stations nearby, accordingly the best choice to get to station is boarding a metered taxi. The one-way trip costs about 250 Baht per person, and it takes nearly 3 hours. There are also bus and minivan services from Sai Tai Mai Bus Terminal to Phetchaburi with many daily departures. The Blue-white Express buses 72 and 977 leave every two hours between 11:00 and 17:00, the trip take two hours and cost 112 Baht, while the First Class buses leave at 09:00, 12:00, 14:00, 20:00 and 22:00, the trip take two hours and cost 170 Baht. The minivans depart every hour from 7:00 to 17:00, the trip take 90 minutes and cost 150 Baht. For both services, the tickets can be purchased at Counter 89 and departures are from platform 6. Phetchaburi's bus station is in the city center adjacent to Phet Kaserm Road, just a few hundreds meters to north from main stop where the minivans pick up park's visitors.


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You can also reach Phetchaburi by train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station in Bangkok, as most of trains toward Southern Thailand stop at Phetchaburi. However it is a very slow option compared to minivans and buses. The trip normally takes around 3-4 hours, but can take longer. There are at least ten daily trains from Bangkok toward Phetchaburi from 8:05am till 10:50pm; ticket fare ranges from 200 to 390 Baht, depending on seat class and the type of train. Phetchaburi railway station is a bit out of town on Rotfai Road, about 2,5 to northeast of spot where the minivans pick up passengers toward Kaeng Krachan National Park. A tuk tuk or motorbike ride from the station should cost around 20-40 Baht.


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