× Over 400 species of birds are known to occur within the Park’s boundaries, and 57 mammals. Larger mammals include elephant, gaur, sambar deer, banteng, serow, and bear, indo-chinese tiger, leopard, both common and Fea’s muntjac. Malayan tapir, white-handed gibbon, dusky and banded langurs, Asian wild dog, otter, and wild boar.

Panoenthung entry Nov 1

09 Nov 2020 10:46 #5516 by jonathanbkk
Replied by jonathanbkk on topic Kaeng Krachan Closures
I went on Sunday, here is my report for it

So to start off it was definitely a busy weekend, coming up to Baan Krang there were about 20 tents out and quite a bit of hussle around. Surprisingly the road in was full of leaf litter making the roads quite slick and very little cut back of plants was a bit surprising to me as i thought they would have sorted the basics before re-opening. When i got to the end of the camp ground i was quite surprised to see the gate open, so I doubled back and asked the ranger if we were permitted to drive in, he said yes and that we could now drive 3km in

From the Baan Krang camp ground you can now drive to the base of the mountain, but to my second shock, they created a concrete road from the camp ground to the first river crossing, but they made it so narrow that two cars cannot pass each other without one being off the road! Due to the height of the concrete, when you go off the road your tires sink into the mud and there were several places where you could see cars get stuck, or scrape the road trying to get back on to it while letting someone else pass! It was quite surprising that they didnt extend the road width another 1.5m which would allow two cars to pass each other, and to top it off people increase their speed on concrete roads so i had two times where they had to stop very suddenly because they were driving too fast. Also since there are bamboo spikes stopping people from driving far off the concrete road, you cant really pull over if its a bird you want to photograph etc, so bird groups were blocking the road and just stopping their car giving you no chance to pass! I see lots of headaches, not progress for waste of money.

After you cross the first river crossing it goes back to the same old dirt road until you reach the base of the mountain which is great and allows more usage of the part and the 300 baht us foreigners have to pay to get in. There is an unmanned gate at this point which is locked and secured. I couldn't get any good answers on when this could change as usual

My walk was to one of the grasslands before Baan Krang, the trail was full of tracks and had to make a hasty retreat when we spooked two Guar further down, thankfully the feeling was mutual and they did the same.

Overall park is open, trails are still very muddy and slick so if your planning to come bring what you need accordingly
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21 Sep 2021 12:51 #5674 by INFO
Replied by INFO on topic Kaeng Krachan Open or Closed
Baan Krang will open on October 1st this year, rather than the usual November 1st.

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26 Sep 2021 09:19 - 21 Oct 2021 06:21 #5678 by INFO
Replied by INFO on topic Panoenthung to Open
Just announced by KKNP - Panoenthung will be open again in October. More details to follow.

Latest is may be delayed for general public. Conflicting messages. Wait and see. CONFIRMED NOVEMBER 1ST

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26 Sep 2021 09:41 - 26 Sep 2021 20:01 #5680 by Paul T
Replied by Paul T on topic Panoenthung to Open
My last meeting with the park indicated that whilst Panoenthung would open, Thor Thip would not and that area would remain a research area. I suppose the first person going up will be able to report back on the actual situation. If you do go up in October, spray well if staying overnight as the kun fly were terrible when I visited a month ago.

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29 Oct 2021 12:14 - 30 Oct 2021 13:03 #5694 by INFO
Replied by INFO on topic Panoenthung entry Nov 1
It has been confirmed that Panoenthung will open on November 1st.

Private vehicles allowed but MUST be 4WD.

Opening will be to KM 33 only. After 33 is research area. Not know if you can enter to walk yet or not.

Local vendors are being registered to provide transport services to take day trippers up if they have a 4WD, legal vehicle and correct insurance.

The actual announcement (which has a few more details/complications like prior booking) ...

End of waiting 1 November 2021 💚🌿✨ Announcement to open Khao Phanoen Thung tourist attraction 🏕🏔🌿 Who misses him? At the same time, there are still a few days left...Prepare to pack your bags and go out to see the beautiful sea of ​​mist and feel the cold weather that makes your heart tremble. And watch the first light from the sunrise in the morning 🌞✨ The tourists who wish to travel to the area of ​​Kaeng Krachan National Park. Must comply with the following travel rules 1. Tourists who will enter the Kaeng Krachan National Park Must comply with the measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases of the Ministry of Public Health. and follow the measures to prevent the epidemic of Phetchaburi Province and follow the rules for vaccination prescribed by Kaeng Krachan National Park 1.1 Astra Zeneca vaccination 1 dose not less than 14 days 1.2 Astra Zeneca injection complete 2 needles 1.3 Sinovac 2 injections 1.4 Mixed vaccination (Sinovac 1st dose and Astra Zeneca 2nd dose) 1.5 Other brands of vaccines shall be as prescribed by the Ministry of Public Health. 1.6 Tourists who have not been vaccinated Must have test results with ATK kit or RT-PCR method, duration not more than 72 hours (tourists can check from home with photos or video clips of the SWAB and a photo along with the results). 1.7 For persons under the age of 12, they can enter if their parents have received the required vaccines. 2. Tourists must wear a mask or cloth mask. all the time in the area of ​​Kaeng Krachan National Park 3. Tourists entering the area of ​​Kaeng Krachan National Park Must register to visit the national park through the QueQ application or register by the form at Kaeng Krachan National Park Determine and register in-out of Kaeng Krachan National Park through the application, Thai wins in all cases. without concealing information or providing any other information that is completely false 4. Limit the number of tourists not to exceed the maximum that the area can accommodate. By stipulating the rules for using a 4x4 driving vehicle that is a public service or a community service under registration or control according to the regulations of Kaeng Krachan National Park. For transport services up to the hill country, which has a maximum number of tourists according to the capacity of Kaeng Krachan National Park. In the area of ​​Khao Phanoen Thung by stipulating round-trip 500 people and 150 overnight stays and stipulating that cars must have more than 2 passengers to be allowed. to reduce the number of cars that go up the hill 5. Tourists must comply with social distancing measures DMHTT = Distancing (Stay away) Mask wearing (wear for love) Hand washing (wash hands) Testing (check quickly) ThaiChana (use Thai wins and Doctor Chana) and strictly follow the orders of the officials 6. Going up and down Phanoen Thung Hill - Morning round 05.00 - 09.00 (start counting time at Ban Krang) Down 10.00 - 12.00 *For this round, must go - return only * - Afternoon round 13.00 - 15.00 *For overnight stay only* 7. In the case of tourists bringing their own personal cars Call or contact the service center. to inquire the number of tourists first every time *Limited to 4 wheel drive vehicles only *Limited to 2 people/car *Limited to the afternoon session For overnight stay only If you have any further questions, you can ask for more information at Kaeng Krachan National Park Phone number 032 772 311🏡☎️ #Kaeng Krachan National Park # Kaeng Krachan, a natural world heritage site #The 6th World Heritage Site of Thailand and the 3rd Natural World Heritage Site of Thailand #Phanern Thung New normal 😷

 

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26 Dec 2021 16:09 - 26 Dec 2021 16:14 #5717 by jonathanbkk
Replied by jonathanbkk on topic Panoenthung entry Nov 1
I went up to the top to camp On Dec 20th.  Road is fairly simple but its definitely 4WD as they have let some parts go.  Camping up top was as expected and there were about 40 people all there for the night.

They have habituated a Sun Bear in the campground to be fed, I was a bit disappointed to see people feeding it as well as astonished they were fearless to being around it.  Its a reasonable sized male and i cant see how its a good idea.  It made several camp ground passes at each tent in the night, eating off dirty plates and breaking into boxes and coolers to get at food placed around the tents.  People acted like it was a cute pet which shocked me

The road to Thor Thip is gated to cars but we walked it anyway.  Previous to walking it they said the road was closed due to a "severe rock slide" so I was curious what that looked like, it wasnt a big deal and car tracks were already made around it.  The road is clear all the way down to Thor Thip and the walk round trip was a bit over 15km (all road)

Checking in with the Rangers, they feel that they will open the road and Thor Thip trail "around the new year" but this was not easy to verify.  To be honest its fine for me if they keep it closed, there are a lot of evidence to big animals using the road to travel one valley to another including at least one Tiger calling it their territory.

Will be curious if they announce it this week or hold off again

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28 Dec 2021 08:58 #5718 by Paul T
Replied by Paul T on topic Panoenthung entry Nov 1
Did you have to do any prebooking, or did you just turn up? Is it as difficult as others were stating last month?

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29 Dec 2021 17:05 #5719 by jonathanbkk
Replied by jonathanbkk on topic Panoenthung entry Nov 1
We did a prebooking, they said we could not go up until 1pm however we found out later cars were driving up in the morning (most were tourists in 1,500 baht trucks to see the view and return early morning)

Tried calling today, doesnt look like the view point or Thor Thip will be open for HNY.  They stated today no cars are allowed up unless they are there to camp so still no up and back during the day options unless your paying for a local truck

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29 Dec 2021 17:48 #5720 by Paul T
Replied by Paul T on topic Panoenthung entry Nov 1
Sounds like they have made it too complicated for the average Joe. What a messy affair. I also heard you could not stop on the way up as well? I have not been for a long time (nothing to do with the park - too busy with other life issues). Because I have not been I have not got any up to date info but last night I was told that one of my favourite rangers there lost the will to live and sadly took his own life.

In August I was told by the Chief the road to Thor Thip will not open as its now considered a research area due to the amount of wildlife that started showing there after the closure. I can attest to that, it became cat city. Sad to not open that section but I fully understand their wishes to keep that area free of regular disturbances. 

 

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31 Dec 2021 13:01 #5723 by onflipflops
Replied by onflipflops on topic Panoenthung entry Nov 1
It seems like they have no problems allowing people walk the road towards Thorthip. I know many who have done and got permission from the rangers. 
Stopping on the road between km18 and Panoen Thung is unfortunately not allowed. 
But walking out of Panoen Thung camp in the direction of Ban Krang is fine.

And enforcement is non-existent. Most of the time there is no rangers at the km18 gate. Worst thing that can happen is a jealous registered driver to complain.
Perhaps driving up as a private car in the morning will be a bit harder to do. But there is definitely nobody going to stop you from driving up in the afternoon and then drive back down that same late afternoon. And if you leave a bit late to be the last one, there is also nobody going to complain/know if you stop on the road. With the many black leopard sightings recently on that stretch of the road, that is likely to be an interesting activity for the serious naturalist.
At least they have been upholding the visitor cap somewhat. Still feels pretty crowded up there, especially with all the restrictions making it harder for people to travel beyond the actual campground. 

Also within the club of registered drivers rules are still changing. 
So far every registered driver could find his/her own guests. So the drivers with the best contacts/ "marketing skills" would get most work. Advantage for the 'consumer' was that at least you can book your own favorite driver (for as far as you have one, haha). 
Unfortunately at the moment they seem to plan to shift to an actual queue system where all bookings need to be made through one point and then simply the next driver on the list gets the job. Just like in Kui Buri, or the Khao Yai night safari where that has already proven to be really annoying when someone a bit more interested in nature gets into the vehicle of a formula 1 driver wannabe.

But anyway, at least if you like to go camping up at Panoen Thung, it is easy to do with your own car.

Also, all the rangers seem to dislike these new rules, so they are not likely going to cause you any trouble. They see it was poorly thought out, and honestly actually not a benefit for anyone. The sea of mist drivers had more than plenty of work prior the road closure 3 years ago. And no doubt that amount of work would only increase especially if this pandemic settles down.
I am not sure where the money goes to, but the registered drivers pay to the club. So perhaps someone will benefit, but then again, it is also a full-time task running the bookings for that whole club. 
The only thing it really did is complicate things for those who are the most interested in nature. But anyway, it is still worth visiting, you just need to make a camping trip out of it. 

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