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Kaeng Krachan National Park
Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailandís largest national park, occupying an area of over 2000 sqkm southwest of Bangkok along the Burmese border. The huge area of Kaengkrachan National Park includes some of the healthiest tropical rainforest in Thailand that extends deep into neighbouring Myanmar.
Wildlife is abound in Kaeng Krachan Park, with over 40 species of mammals recorded, including Asian elephant, tiger, clouded leopard, Malayan sunbear and Asiatic black bear, barking deer, mouse deer, tapir, Malayan pangolin, and different primates. Crocodiles, once common in parts of Thailand, might still inhabit remote swamps in the park, while the Sumatran rhinoceros is most likely also extinct here, even some Karen hilltribesmen claim that it stll lives in the mountains along the Burmese border.
Over 250 bird species have been recorded within the vicinity of Kaeng Krachan Nationalpark, including the green broadbill and red-billed malkoha, the rachet-tailed treepie, the great and blue-throated barbets, the black-eared babbler, serpent eagles, scarlet minivets, kalej pheasants, grey peacocks, the endangered woolly-necked stork and several species of hornbill.
Karen villages are scattered throughout the park area. They have been long persecuted as abusers of the park, but recent projects by the Royal Family have been successfully directed their encouragement. Today, many of them act as park custodians. The Kaeng Krachan Dam has been built across the Petchaburi river and has created a huge lake covering 45 square kilometres. On the shores of this vast and picturesque reservoir guest houses and restaurants have been established and cater to visitors. At some places boat rental is also available.
Pala-U Waterfall is a spectacular series of 11 cataracts and can be reached by an easy drive from Hua Hin. It is located within verdant forests, where various birds and butterflies are found, especially in the morning hours. Some of the cataracts can be reached along a trekking trail.