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Pha hin koob trek (khao soi dao wildlife sanctuary)

26 Feb 2019 15:48 - 03 Mar 2019 11:35 #5194 by wvwv
A nice mountain hike in chantaburi good for a weekend trip from Bangkok. As far as I know this only runs on weekends - up Saturday, down Sunday. All year. Turn up at the trailhead on saturday before 9am. No need to prebook unless you are a large group. Fixed price of 300 baht. No extras and no dual pricing, this being a wildlife sanctuary and not a national park. You need to take all your own gear. A lot of people don't bother with a tent as the huge boulders provide shelter. There is also water supply (stream) at the top so you don't need to carry any. Downsides are no toilets, little English spoken and no public transport from chantaburi (there might be a songtaew but everybody arrived by private car so if you do get a songtaew it might end up being private hire since nobody to share with). There is a lot of elephant activity and because we camped at the ranger station the Friday night they took us with them to see an elephant that regularly comes into the fields to eat pineapple and durian. In the area there's also ang beng waterfall which is small but nice. Didn't see any animals of interest on the trek but then you're never likely to in mid day in a large group (we were
30 people). The trek itself is fairly flat for the first 4km and after that its steep for the final 4km. Porters are available and might be advisable for some. Trek starts behind the huts at หน่วยพิทักษ์ป่าบ้านทุ่งเพล - Google map it. I'll add some pictures. I can't add paragraphs for some reason...

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04 Mar 2019 13:13 - 04 Mar 2019 13:14 #5195 by WT admin
Great find! Looks a good trek.

In case anyone has problems with the Thai/Google maps the corrdinates are the ranger station at 12°51'33.0"N 102°12'57

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