× The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uthai Thani and Tak Provinces, Thailand. The sanctuary was established in 1974, and is one of the largest and most important protected wildlife areas in Southeast Asia. The wildlife sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1991. The protected area is home to a diverse range of animals including large mammals, birds, and reptiles. It is Thailand's premier Wildlife research sanctuary.

Huai Kha Khaeng HQ Campground Temporarily Closed

01 May 2016 16:41 - 01 May 2016 17:50 #3718 by wildambience
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I visited HQ last Sunday (24th April) and the campground was closed to visitors due to lack of water/drought. So we ended up staying a night just outside the entrance gate in a small 'resort' in the village.

Conditions in HKK were extremely hot and dry - in the afternoon birdlife was prolific around the few remaining puddles of water visible from the entrance road. I imagine it's probably a great time to see wildlife along the river if you can put up with the heat. Hopefully they'll get some rain soon.

Due to the +40c heat decided to head across to Khao Yai to spend the last few days of our Thailand trip in a slightly cooler evergreen area.
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07 Jun 2016 08:24 #3827 by Alex
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Does anyone know if the Huai Kha Khaeng HQ campsite is open again? I was thinking of heading up to camp this weekend.

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08 Jun 2016 16:38 #3831 by Paul TW
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I don't know - but I would think its surely open again as the weathers changed significantly.

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14 Jun 2016 09:11 #3844 by Alex
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I went to Huai Kha Kaeng this Weekend. The campsite was still closed although it wasn't obvious why. There seemed to be plenty of water and the ranger i spoke to didn't seem to know either.
I walked the Khao Hin Daeng trail a couple of times and was very impressed. I ran into an elephant in the forest both times, although was too scared to get any decent photographs! I was constantly disturbing sambar, muntjac and wild pig in the forest and the sound of gibbons was pretty common around me.
I was also lucky enough to see a small herd of Banteng at the observation tower by the Pong Chang Puak trail.

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14 Jun 2016 09:21 - 14 Jun 2016 12:09 #3845 by Alex
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15 Jun 2016 09:00 #3846 by admin
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Great pics! Interesting that the camp ground is not open again. I have not been there for so long I had forgotten how good it was!

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15 Jun 2016 13:18 #3849 by onflipflops
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Love the crossing piglets!
My guess for the white raptor is a Changeable Hawk-eagle, but maybe one of the true bird experts on here can give yo a definite answer.
I have seen this light colored variation a couple of times in HKK.

A shame the campground is closed. Does that mean you stayed in the rooms 2kms before the entrance?
The vegetation looks green and there seem to be quite a bit of water in your pics so one would think that the camp could reopen. Or maybe the water pump is not working?
Maybe they want to spare the water before the wet season really takes off, just to lower the impact on the nature.

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15 Jun 2016 13:29 #3850 by Alex
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I stayed in the village just outside the park entrance, at this place goo.gl/l4uF9m
It was pretty good, and i got to have a cold beer and get away from the mosquitoes, there were a lot around!

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15 Jun 2016 14:00 - 15 Jun 2016 14:01 #3851 by onflipflops
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Ah OK.
I usually stay at this one, when I arrive too late to enter the park:
goo.gl/maps/3nCakktdPYy
A couple of years back, I have been to the place you stayed, just to check the rooms, but prefered the one in the link, above.
He (park staff of HKK) doesn't serve any drinks or food, but within 100m walk there is a place that sells food and drinks.

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12 Dec 2016 21:50 - 13 Dec 2016 05:45 #4098 by onflipflops
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Important note: camping is no longer possible in the HQ area of Huai Kha Khaeng. And the little restaurant is closed too.

It has been a long time since I last visited HKK, but after my visit this week (December 2016) I can hereby confirm that the camp ground in Huai Kha Khaeng HQ/ visitor centre area is still not open. And I do not expect it to open anytime soon.
There seems to be more to the story than the drought which was the initial reason given, at least on this forum.

Apparently there has been an incident in April 2016 with an elephant that decided it was time for the annual tent-inspection.
The owner of the tent survived, but with broken ribs.
For this reason the camp is no longer open.
A shame.
Always those bloody elephants! No manners! ;-)

Also the little restaurant near the HQ is no more. The lady who used to run the place is now operating at the little pink resort (owned by her husband) 2kms from the gate.

So not only for overnight, but also for lunch you need to leave the park unless you bring your own food (make sure to keep it locked in the car, otherwise the Long-tailed Macaques will walk away with it.)

So far the current status.

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21 May 2017 09:48 #4415 by jonathanbkk
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As of May 20th this is still the case, I should have paid attention to the forum :)

Tried my best to convince them but they said the only camping options is where you buy the tickets at the first gate next to the river, they have done some basic work to accommodate this option but if your this far you might as well stay at one of the resorts for 500 baht/night and have a bit of AC

The HQ road and activity level has severely dropped it seems after restricting camping which I suspect is a benefit to the animals of the area. I only saw a few cars on a weekend there.

Nothing has changed as far as permissions go as well, you cant even go to the Nok Yeung platform unless you speak to the head office, even the ranger there will tell you until he gets permission, your blocked from this area and of course going to ask is often painful as its perceived as a burden to them. Basically your very restricted in the area of HQ.

Of course I saw at least 30-50 mushroom collectors who didnt get the memo. No joke I drove past a group of at least 15-20 running for their lives away from my car.

I did manage to get some good drone footage that I will upload later

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21 May 2017 12:10 #4416 by onflipflops
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It is something I have never quite understood in Thailand.
Sometimes they seem to think it is the USA where people get dragged into court because there was no sticker on the coffee mug explaining that the contents could be hot, haha...

I am not really aware of any such cases in Thailand, and do not understand why the national park authorities are always so worried about what they apparently perceive as their responsibility.
A clear sign, or perhaps even a quick signature at the park entrances to clear them from all liability especially when it comes to wildlife encounters and other natural hazards, should be enough I would think.
Inform the people that elephants and even tigers or leopards are free to roam on the camp ground, so camping can be a risk.
Just let people decide for themselves if they want to take the risk or not.

But anyway, no matter how we think about it, it will not change the situation.
At least they still allow people to go in. It's one of the points raised by mr. Seub Nakhasathien.
He told areas should be accessible for visitors to get people closer to nature. He also opted for a buffer zone where locals can collect mushrooms etc.
Let's hope they stick to just picking mushrooms and not leave snares or whatever to catch the wildlife.

Aksing for permissions at the HQ is a bit of a pain. At the same time they opened a new trail in the area so it seems like they are not totally against tourism, however they just want to keep an eye on where everyone goes.

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