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Protected areas > Khao Laem National Park
Banana forest

After winding around (left) and slowly strangling the tree the lianas become trees in themselves (right)

The Khao Laem National Park covers the fertile forest surrounding the Khao Laem reservoir. In Khao Laem natural sights - waterfalls, viewpoints, caves - come hand in hand with cultural sights - Mon bridge, the longest wooden bridge in Thailand and Bo Ong, an ancient Burmese chedi.


Khao Laem is one of the five national parks that were proclaimed to honor the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej on December 5, 1987.

Geography and Climate

The landscape of the park is steeply limestone mountain running on north-south axis. It is the water source of Kwai Noi river and other important rivers. The area has tropical climate influenced by southern and Andaman Sea winds and has three distinct seasons: rains from June to October (heavy rains in July and August), the winter from November to January with lowest temperature at 10 C and the summer from February to May with highest temperature at 38 C in April.

Flora and Fauna

The park consists of mixed deciduous, hill evergreen and dry evergreen forest, with wildlife habitats of bear, tiger, guar, elephant, sambar deer, barking deer, wild pig and many birds.

What to See

Kra Teng Jeng Waterfall - this medium-sized waterfall has 23 level, each level with its own unique form. The distance from the first to the highest level is 2 km. The path along the waterfall is suitable for experiencing various kinds of forests: banana forest, bamboo forest, evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest. The waterfall it is located 4 km from the park headquarters and a guide is advisible, as the path is sometimes not visible. The hike takes 2 to 3 hours. There is a viewpoint at the top of the waterfall from where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Khao Laem dam. 

Kroeng Kra Wia Waterfall - this 5 m high waterfall flows year-round

Kroeng Kra Wia Pond - located near the waterfall, this pond and the field and forest around is great for birdwatching

Mon Bridge - Mon Bridge is a crossing between Sangkhlaburi and Mon villages. The 850-metre-long wooden bridge across the Songkaria river is a famous viewpoint overlooking the confluence of rivers Songkaria, Bikhli and Ranti.

Pom Pee View Point
- from Pom Pee you can clearly see the scenery of the reservoir and also beautiful sunsets. The area is suitable for camping, birdwatching, sailing, swimming etc. Campsite is available. Located 2 km from the headquarters.

Khao Yai Viewpoint - this recently discovered area is suitable for camping. The park has been developing it in 2 days 1 night adventurous nature trail.

Bo Ong chedi - Bo Ong is an ancient chedi built in Burmese’s style. It is located on a small hill surrounded by a large swamp lake. Every year on the full moon of the 4th lunar month lots of people come to worship this sacred place. To get there take a boat from Ban Ta Pae in Thong Pha Phum district to Ban Bo Ong.

What to Do

Trekking routes and natural trails, birdwatching, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, caving.


Headquarters - accommodation, restaurant, parking
Kroeng Kra Wia Waterfall ranger station - accommodation, visitors center, parking
Pom Pee ranger station - accommodation, parking


Bungalows with fan and hot water sleeping 3 to 6 people are available at the headquarters, Kroeng Kra Wia Waterfall and Pom Pee ranger stations. Camping sites are available at the headquarters and Pom Pee ranger station.


By car or bus from Kanchanaburi.

More information

Department of National Parks - Khao Laem page - more detailed information on attractions, accommodation, online reservations, facilities etc.
Map of Khao Laem National Park
Map of Khao Laem National Park

Wild plants - infinite variety of colours and fragrances Mystic fog - the breath of jungle Beautiful waterfalls - source of water for Thailand One of the last habitats of beasts of prey Abundant Wildlife Colourful blossoms - endless inspiration


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

The project is funded by the Government of the Czech Republic (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and conducted with support of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP), Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA), Foundation of Western Forest Complex Conservation (FWFCC) and Tourism Promotion Society of Kanchanaburi (TSK). For more information write to us at info[at]westernforest[dot]org. Webdesign and photographs by David Kučera. Translation to Thai by Kris Dhiradityakul.

National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department