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ASEAN Heritage Parks

Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex

The forest complex covers three national parks and one wildlife sanctuary. These are Kaeng Krachan National Park (291,500 hectares), located just four hours away from Bangkok; Kui Buri National Park (96,900 hectares); Maenam Phachi Wildlife Sanctuary (48,900 hectares); and Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Pra Chan National Park.

Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex has a total area of437,300 hectares and includes portions of Nong Ya Plong, and Kaeng Krachan districts in Phetchaburi Province and of Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

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Location
Nong Ya Plong, Kaeng Krachan districts in Phetchaburi Province; Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
Area
4,373 sq km
Date declared as an AHP
18 December 2003, at the Signing of ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks
Other international designations
Habitat types
Contact Information

Kamon Nuanyau
Superintendent
E-mail: k.krachan_np@hotmail.com

Unique Flora: Continental species such as oaks, chestnuts, and maples are also found here. Some of the valuable trees include makhamong (Afzelia), takhian (Hopea), chanthana (Tarena), yang (Dipterocarpus), taback (Lagerstroemia), pradu (Pterocarpus), and kritsana (Aquilaria).

Unique Fauna: Larger mammals include elephants, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow,bears, Indo-Chinese tigers, leopards, Fea’s muntjac, Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar. Rare bird species include the ratchet-tailed treepie, which was last seen in 1991 and has not been recorded anywhere else in Thailand.

Habitat Types: Dry dipterocarp, mixed deciduous, and evergreen forests cover 80 percent of the Park.

Among the popular destinations in Kaeng Krachan are Hanuman Plain or Khao Pakarang; Panoen Thung Mountain, which is the Park’s second highest peak; Kaeng Krachan Dam and Reservoir; and various waterfalls. Visitors can also try activities offered in the Park, such as hiking, camping, elephant watching, and bird watching.

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