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Kui Buri North

25 Dec 2016 14:25 #4129 by Robby L
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That mark you gave is in Burma it should be 12.214183 N 99.731852 E

No problem I worked it out

RIP 2018 - Robby will always be remembered for his sharing of his trips and knowledge. Missed by all.

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25 Dec 2016 14:38 - 25 Dec 2016 14:45 #4130 by Paul T
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Ooopps! Sorry Robby.

Heres a pic of the camp at the end of the trail - a fixer upper

and a poor shot of the waterfall - it does looks nicer than this ......
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25 Dec 2016 18:37 #4131 by Robby L
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No problem Paul
Looking on Google maps I see the road the mark is on goes from south to north west, do you approach from the south or north west ?

Also looks to be several roads into different parts of the park, any idea if any give viable access ?

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25 Dec 2016 19:44 - 26 Dec 2016 12:33 #4132 by Paul T
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This is the only entrance at substation 3, there are other entrances further south for HQ and other substations.

To get there just follow the road to Pa la U and then as soon as you leave the elephant control area (road goes through a section of the KK park that has a big road block as each need before going to Pa La U) make the next left - then its straight ahead along an undulating hardtop/dirt road for 40 minutes (note just one turn 10 minutes in when you enter a village and it has a crossroad - turn right over the bridge here) until you get to Phraek Takhrom village - take a right at the "round about" in the village (the only junction in the village has been made into a pseudo roundabout with a guard hut in the middle) and then keep going for 2 ks to the bottom of the hill where there is a left fork with pics of animals on it - then its another 4 k straight to the gate.

Timing - it takes 4.5 hours from Bangkok with no traffic. I stayed overnight near Pa La U and then drove in early in the morning. If you do it that way I recommend where I stayed - it was called the Ing Khao - its just before you enter the elephant area (see above) - 1500 baht a night, ask from room #4, you will be pleased. I was their only guest.

www.facebook.com/ingkhao.glamping/

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21 Mar 2017 12:19 - 21 Mar 2017 12:50 #4319 by Paul T
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Just a point of warning - I was at this site last Wednesday for the day and had set up a hide in the forest on a bend in the river. I was not the only person there - two different sets of poachers walked into me (literally- I had to engage both in conversation which was very strange) an hour apart. One pair poachers, the other I would describe as collectors. This was 11 k inside the the park.

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22 Jan 2018 08:47 #4770 by Paul T
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I had a visit here last week and you no longer need 4wd - the road has been repaired, the stream crossings (which were the hairy bit) have now all be concreted and toilets have been installed.

Bit of a disappointment really ;+)

Would be OK in a normal 2wd drive pickup but def not doable in a saloon.

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22 Jan 2018 20:54 #4777 by onflipflops
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They are preparing for tourism?

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12 Nov 2018 08:52 #5123 by Paul T
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Some sad news - the birder who "discovered" this place and whose local patch is was - Tom Backlund - sadly passed away last month from a brain tumor.

He had been diagnosed just over year ago. He was very kind to me when I was recovering from my stroke and used to send me messages of encouragement from Sriraj hospital whilst I was over the other side of town in Samitivej. Made me smile.

A great guy with a big heart. Another sad loss.

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08 Dec 2018 08:52 - 08 Dec 2018 08:54 #5139 by Paul T
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As of December 1, 2018 the road has been regraded again so is passable by 4WD and 2WD with clearance (clearance is needed on the stream crossings not the road itself)  - zero chance with a saloon though.

The stream crossings beyond the double weir are still quite difficult though so in a 2WD you would need high clearance and confidence. You can park at the double weir and walk the last section easily (you will get wet feet), which has quite a few common mammals - on a morning walk I saw 3 troupes of pig taileds, 1 troop dusky langur, Lar gibbon, and giant squirrel, in the last section. 

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14 Jan 2019 04:28 #5167 by Paul T
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Even has its own sea of fog at this time of year.
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