Khao Laem National Park is in the north west of Kanchanaburi province, it includes Khao Laem Reservoir and the surrounding fertile forests in both Sangkhlaburi and Thong Pha Phum districts. The park was created in 1987 to honor the kings 60th birthday, it covers an area of 1,497 square kilometers. The huge reservoir central to the park is the water source for the Kwai Noi River and other important rivers in the area.
Camping and Accommodation at Khao Laem National Park
The parks headquarters are split into 2 sections. The main entrance to Khao Laem National Park is on the right side of the road if you are coming from the south. There is a large campground and walking trail leading to a stream and small waterfall. The most scenic area and best place for camping is at Pom Pee viewpoint which is in another section of the parks headquarters. Pom Pee viewpoint is slightly further past Khao Laem main headquarters on the opposite side of the road.
Pom Pee viewpoint campsite is a great spot right next to Khao Laem Reservoir, There are plenty of places to pitch a tent, if you don’t have your own you can hire a tent and camping equipment from the lodge at the entrance. A full set of camping equipment, including a tent, sleeping bags and mats cost around 300 baht for 2 people. The tent pitches are on spotlessly clean grass areas, and you even get your own sink area to wash your dishes! There is also a well maintained toilet and shower building close by.
Camping at Pom Pee viewpoint in Khao Laem National Park
If you don’t fancy camping, there are also several bungalows to stay the night in. Standard prices for the bungalows are 500 Baht per night, although it can depend on the season.
Exploring Khao Laem National Park
The main feature of the park is Khao Laem reservoir, if you are camping then there is no need to go that far, you can walk around the reservoir to raised platforms where you can relax and take in the views. If you fancy going further into the forest you would need to ask the rangers to take you as there are no set tourist trails and the park is vast.
Khao Laem reservior viewed from Pom Pee campsite
Sangkhlaburi district is an unmissable destination to include on any camping trip or visit to the area. Sangkhlaburi is only 35km to the north of Khao Laem and Pom Pee campsites. The multicultural town, next to the Myanmar border, features a huge bridge made from teak which stretches across Khao Laem reservoir. There are also several ancient ‘sunken temples’ to explore by boat trip or kayak, the temples were lost when Khao Laem Dam was built in 1985.
The huge teak Mon bridge at Sangkhlaburi, a must visit when in the area
How to get to Khao Laem National Park
Khao Laem National Park Headquarters and Pom Pee viewpoint are located just off the main road (number 323) that runs through Kanchanaburi province. The distance from Kanchanaburi town is around 200 kilometers. After passing Thong Pha Phum district, carry on for around 30 minutes until you see the sign for the national park on the right. The reservoir and scenic camping ground at Pom Pee viewpoint is slightly past the Khao Laem main entrance on the left side of the road.
The main road running through Kanchanaburi is usually very quiet, its ideal for tourists who wish to hire a car and explore the province at their own pace. The road is in good condition and is reasonably flat and straight all the way from Kanchanaburi town to the district of Sangkhlaburi in the far north of the Province. There are many great attractions in the area such as Ewaran Waterfalls, Huay Mae kamin Waterfalls, Si Sawat Reservoir and dam, Thong Pha Phum National Park, Sai Yok Noi/Yai Waterfalls, Khao Laem Reservoir and dam, Sangkhlaburi District, Hellfire Pass War Museum, Lam Khlong Ngu National Park and more!
You could easily spend a week driving around this area, camping or staying in bungalows at national park headquarters and stopping off at great attractions along the way.
Photo Guide – Khao Laem National Park
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